Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Country profile

Cape Verde is something of an underrated destination: it enjoys near year-round sunshine and temperatures well in the upper 20s, dramatic volcanic landscapes, powdery unspoilt beaches and fascinating colonial history. Its urban hubs pulse with bars and clubs, while the restaurants perfume the air with mouthwatering scents of West African cuisine.

Cape Verde

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Praia
Visa requirements: No visa required for stays of up to 30 days
Time zone: GMT – 1
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Escudo
Population: 546,388
Electricity: 230V and 50Hz

Tipping policy: Appreciated but not expected. Tip between five and ten per cent for good service in restaurants    

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 

Direct flights to Boa Vista (average flight time: 6h): Birmingham, Manchester, London Gatwick

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Pico do Fogo, Cape Verde’s highest peak
Praia da Atalanta
Viveiro Botanic Garden
São Nicolau island
Ilhéu de Santa Maria, an uninhabited volcanic islet

MAJOR EVENTS
Creole Carnival, Sao Vicente, February
Gamboa, Santiago, May
Tabanca feast celebrating the freedom of the slaves, Santiago, June
Baia das Gates Music Festival, Sao Vicente, August
Santa Maria Music Festival, Sal, September


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