Cape Verde has something for everyone, whether you’re active, into history and culture, or a nature lover.
From idyllic beaches to vivid fertile valleys, rugged coasts to quaint and remote villages, we’d love to help you explore these diverse islands of this stunning archipelago. Let us take you on a personalised journey of discovery!
Our tailor-made holidays take you to remote villages, places of historical and cultural importance so you can fully experience this vibrant archipelago. Combined with a wide range of activities to give you a truly unique holiday you’ll never forget.
If you’re looking for a combination of sun, activities and culture, these amazing islands will certainly not disappoint.
Getting to Cape Verde
Flight connections from the UK are excellent with 9 direct flights a week operating from London and other regional airports. Flight times are just under 6 hours and on certain flights upgrades may be available for a supplement. There are also direct flights from Lisbon, Amsterdam and Boston. TAP Air Portugal also operates daily flights via Lisbon to Sal, Santiago, Boavista and Sao Vicente throughout the year.
Getting around Cape Verde
The local airlines, TACV and Binter operate regular internal flights between all islands except Santo Antão and Brava which are accessed by local ferry. Please note that inter island flight times are subject to change, and although a member of our staff in Cape Verde will advise you and make any necessary amendments to your itinerary, you may need a flexible attitude!
Ferry services in Cape Verde are improving all the time and there are now regular services between the islands of: Fogo and Brava (four per week) - Sao Vicente and Santo Antao (twice a day) - Sao Vicente and Sao Nicolau (two per week). Normally ferry tickets are included when you travel with us.
Most of the private transfers we organise for guests are in small taxis or minivans. Or travel like a local and travel around by 'Aluguer'. These are small minivans or pick-ups that serve as shared taxis’ which depart when full from a central point and people get on and off during the journey . Fares are relatively cheap unless you are hiring it privately.
Car hire is becoming increasingly available and on some islands they add to the overall holiday experience. Car hire is more expensive than in Europe and most hire cars tend to be small 4x4 jeeps (Daihatsu or Suzuki). When hiring a car you will be required to leave a security deposit.
If you're not in a rush then sailing between the islands maybe the perfect way to get around. We have access to yachts on Sal and Sao Vicente and can tailor journeys to suit your experience and available time.
Inter-island flights cost start from £80 per sector although can become cheaper when doing more flights. Whenever we give you a holiday quotation, we will quote you the best available flights, based on your preferred departure airport and time of year. Please note that the inter-island airlines are notoriously good at changing flight timetables and routes, so please contact us for up to date information.
All foreign nationals require a visa to enter Cape Verde. The cost of the visa is included in all our holidays but we will need your passport details within 14 days of departure. Check your passport is valid for 6 months after your planned return date and it is recommended that you take a copy of your travel insurance policy for consultation in case of an emergency.
Cape Verde is a third world destination, but you will be surprised at the cleanliness and levels of hygiene. Tummy upsets do happen and following simple rules like washing hands before meals, drinking bottled/treated water and keeping out of the sun make a big difference. Cape Verde has reasonable healthcare and does not have contagious or endemic diseases despite its proximity to the African continent. Because of this there are no vaccinations required for a visit although you should check you are up to date on polio and tetanus. Ask your family doctor if any new vaccinations are necessary or check the NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
From May 2013 all hotels in Cape Verde have been required to charge a room tax of 220CVE per person per night (€2). At present this new tax cannot be pre-paid and all hotels are required to issue a guest invoice at either check-in or departure in order to collect the tax. Children under 16 years are exempt. If you have a stopover in Lisbon; From January 2016 all hotels in Lisbon will be requires to charge a room tax of €1 person per night. At present this new tax cannot be pre-paid and all hotels are required to issue a guest invoice at either check-in or departure in order to collect the tax. Children under 12 years are exempt and the total is subject to a maximum of €7 per guest.
The national currency is the Cape Verde Escudo (CVE or $). You cannot buy or spend the CVE anywhere but in Cape Verde and you are advised to bring Euros or sterling cash with you since the charges for exchanging travellers cheques are extremely high. Please note that most goods have to be imported, so although costs are less than the UK, this is not a budget destination. It is worth remembering that not all credit cards are accepted and there are a few ATMs on most islands.
The Cape Verde islands are 1 hour behind UK time in the winter and 2 hours behind in the summer.
The traditional Cape Verdean dishes consist mostly of fish (or in rural areas, chicken is available) with rice, beans and some recognisable vegetables (cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin etc.). Food is tasty but simple and the local fresh fish is excellent. Beer, wine and local spirits are widely available including the famous Grogue, a local sugar cane liquor often drunk with honey (Ponche). Grogue factories can be found on Santo Antão where you can watch it being made. There are also some excellent red and white wines being produced on the islands.
The official language is Portuguese, but everyone speaks 'Criolu'(creole) – a mixture of Portuguese and particular African words and dialects. French as a foreign language is commonly understood, whereas English is mainly spoken by former emigrants who have returned to Cape Verde as business people, for example hoteliers.
The Cape Verde archipelago is considered one of the safest African holiday destination and the crime rate is very low. However, petty theft is becoming more common especially in built up areas so we advise only carrying enough money for the day and keeping the rest in a hotel safe. There are no dangerous animals such as snakes and scorpions. Probably the most important safety issue on the islands is the strong undertow at many of the beaches, so do check with the locals before you swim.
The tropical climate of Cape Verde is warm and dry all year long, with rain showers being scarce; but rainfall does vary from island to island giving average rainfall figures of between 10 and 900 ml! The rainy season usually only lasts from August until October when the south west monsoon hits the islands although this affects different islands to different extents. Instead of the classic four seasons, the Cape Verde Islands only have two: The Tempo das Brisas (time of the winds) from October to mid-July and the Tempo das chuvas (rainy season) from August to September, when there may be heavy tropical rainfall. The ‘windy’ season is from October to June caused by the harmattan (dry hot winds from the Sahara) and results in excellent watersports but also dust in the air.