Welcome to Cape Verde Holidays Guide

Cape Verde Islands - Golden Beach in Boa Vista Island

Cape Verde Islands - Golden Sandy Beach in Boa Vista Island

The Cape Verde Holidays Guide website was made to provide you with all the information about the Cape Verde Islands, its culture, history, language, activities, hotels, travel and other important information to help you make a better choice.

The archipelago of Cape Verde is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Senegal, in West Africa. The ten islands are divided into two major groups; to the south are the Sotavento group (Brava, Fogo, Santiago and Maio) and to the north, the islands of Barlavento (Boa Vista, Sal, São Nicolau, Santa Luzia, Sao Vicente and Santo Antão). Sal is the most popular in terms of tourism.

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Cape Verde Weather

Lovely Cape Verde Beach Sunset

Lovely Cape Verde Beach at Sunset

The Cape Verde weather is excellent for beach and mountain holidays. Because they lie in the Trade Winds belt with its gentle Atlantic swell, Cape Verde offers perfect conditions for sailing, kite or windsurfing. The climate is tropical and dry with warm temperatures throughout the year, ranging from 24ºC to 30ºC, making the Islands of Cape Verde almost 10ºC warmer than the Canary Islands in the winter months.

There are two main seasons; the rainy season from August to October, when sudden but spectacular rainstorms can punctuate the hot sun, and the dry season from December to June when the trade winds blow with more intensity.

Figures for rainfall can be quite misleading as they are considerably different on each island. Sal, Boa Vista and São Vicente islands receive almost no rain while on some of the higher peaks on Santo Antão and Fogo there can be up to 2 meters of rainfall a year, making them lush and green.

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Flights to Cape Verde

Flights to Cape Verde

Flights to Cape Verde - Cape Verde Flights

If you love warm weather, then  Cape Verde Islands has become “one of the new favourite destinations amongst European travelers” and a great option for anyone looking for year-round sunshine, miles and miles of unspoiled white sandy beaches and a low-key, laid-back experience less than a six hour flight from most European countries, with no jet lag to worry about.

Cape Verde Islands have 4 International Airports:

  • Amílcar Cabral International Airport (IATA Code: SID) in Sal Island
  • Rabil Airport (IATA Code: BVC) in Boa Vista Island
  • São Pedro Airport (IATA Code: VXE) in São Vicente – Cape Verde
  • Francisco Mendes Airport (IATA Code: RAI) in Santiago Island

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Where Are The Cape Verde Islands?

Cape Verde Has Long Stretches of Sandy Beaches

Cape Verde Islands Have Long Stretches of White Sandy Beaches

Cape Verde Islands (Cabo Verde in Portuguese) are located in the North Atlantic Ocean, between the parallels 15 and 17 of latitude north, approximately 450km off the West Coast of Senegal and 1500 km south of the Canary Islands.

Lying on the same latitude as the Islands of the Caribbean, the ten Cape Verde Islands were formed by volcanic activity that projected the rock above the sea level. This volcanic rock dominates the landscape, ranging from gray to red. The slope of the sea near the islands is accentuated and the oceans reach a great depth within a short distance of the coastline. The tremendous power of the projected rock from the bottom of the ocean can be measured by the highest point of the islands, reaching 2.829 meters in the island of Fogo.

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Cape Verde History

S. Filipe Fort in Santiago - Cape Verde Islands

São Filipe Fort in Santiago Island - Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde was discovered by the Portuguese in 1460. The first discovery was the island of Boa Vista, named by the Portuguese as a result of the long time they remained at sea, without seeing any land. Then, as they arrived at the other islands, they named them after saints, namely Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Santiago.

The island of Sal was given this name because of the great salt pans. The island of Maio because they reached it in May; Fogo, for having a volcano, believed to be active at the time of their arrival. Brava Island, was so named because of its hostile and rugged appearance.

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Cape Verde Language

Cape Verde Language - Cape Verdeans mostly speak Portuguese Creole

Cape Verde Language - Most Cape Verdeans speak Portuguese Creole

Cape Verde was a Portuguese colony until 1975, when it gained independence. The official language is Portuguese, but the majority of the population uses Creole as their national language. The Portuguese Creole combines the various influences of people who were part of the history of the  Cape Verde Islands, namely languages brought by African slaves mixed with the Portuguese, English and French.

Creole language variants are found in the different islands that make up the island country. Cape Verdean Creole seems like a simplification of Portuguese phonetics, which suppressed concordance of gender and number. Creole is a source of pride and a factor of unity for the people and of the Cape Verde Language.

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Is Cape Verde Safe?

Cape Verde Policeman in São Vicente

Cape Verde Policeman in São Vicente Island

Most tourists have a tendency to feel some apprehension when it comes to their personal safety, especially when they try new and unfamiliar holiday destinations.

Cape Verde Islands have seen an increase in tourism in recent years (about 400.000 tourists in 2010) and that has invariably brought an increase in crime, making Cape Verde no different from other holiday destinations.

Having said that, it should be noted that Cape Verde is a relatively safe destination for visitors and tourists when compared to other countries. In Africa and according to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an independent evaluator of African nations, Cape Verde is ranked 3rd of all 53 African countries in terms of Personal Safety and Rule of Law, only behind two other fantastic holiday destinations; Mauritius and the Seychelles Islands.

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