Welcome to Cape Verde

The Cape Verde islands, floating in the Atlantic have managed to stay blissfully below the radar. They’re two hours south of the Canaries, just off the west coast of Africa. With flights under 7 hours from much of Europe they are still surprisingly untouched by the masses. You can enjoy magnificent beaches, a variety of water sports with excellent conditions, hiking, entertainment and a taste of African culture, all within a superb climate.

Cape Verde enjoys its own diverse culture influenced by Africa, Portugal and Brazil. Each island offers something different, with enough beauty and charm for even the most seasoned traveller. This website is intended to give you an introduction to, and flavour of Cape Verde. We hope that you find it of interest and useful in determining your next holiday destination. We love Cape Verde and we are confident that you will too. Please explore this site and we hope that we will be able to welcome you to this lovely country soon. CV is made up of 9 inhabited islands Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago, Fogo, Brava

Map of Cape Verde

Islands

Cape Verde is an archipelago comprising 10 islands, nine of which are inhabited. Here we give you a snapshot of each island, including its terrain, culture, activities and where to stay.

Travel

There are various options for getting to Cape Verde, depending upon which island(s) you are visiting. Here we outline the options for international travel and also for travel within Cape Verde.

Information

This section will give you more information about Cape Verde, the beaches, environment, whale-watching and weather, making your visit to this fascinating country all the more enjoyable

News

Our news section brings you up-to-date information on Cape Verde. Get all the latest news on activities, culture, environment, events, politics, sport, tourism and latest flight info

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Boa Vista

Boa Vista

Boa Vista (“good view” in Portuguese) is the easternmost island of Cape Verde. It is located in the Barlavento group of the archipelago. With an area of 620 km², it is the third largest island. It is known for marine turtles and traditional music, as well as its ultra-marathon and its sand dunes…

Brava

Brave Cape Verde

Brava (Portuguese for “wild”) is the smallest inhabited island, but at the same time the greenest, of Cape Verde. In 1680, the inhabitants escaped from the nearby larger island of Fogo after its volcano erupted and lava began to flow and cause widespread devastation…

Fogo

Geography

Fogo (Portuguese for “fire”) is the most prominent island of the Sotavento group of Cape Verde: it rises to nearly 3,000 m above sea level at its summit, Pico do Fogo. From sea level it drops another 5,300 m at a distance of only 5 km from the shoreline making it nearly twice the height of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania…

Maio

Cape Verde News

This is the perfect ‘away from it all’ destination. You can expect to find sleepy towns with colourful little houses, hilly landscapes, limestone valleys, acacia forests and coconut palms and tranquility in abundance. There are long stretches of perfect white sandy beaches, warm clear waters with very little commercialism…

Sal

Sal Cape Verde

Sal is the most developed of all the Cape Verde Islands in terms of tourism. You’ll find everything from trendy surf shops to colourful cafés and restaurants. It is an island for beach lovers and is considered to be amongst the world’s top five windsurfing locations…

Santiago

Santiago Cape Verde

Santiago (Portuguese for “Saint James”), or Santiagu in Cape Verdean Creole, is the largest island of Cape Verde. It is an important agricultural centre, home to half the nation’s population and to the capital city Praia. The interior of the island has rich vegetation; acacia, euphorbias and figs…

Santo Antão

Santo Antao Cape Verde

Santo Antão (Portuguese for “Saint Anthony”), or Sontonton in Cape Verdean Creole, is the westernmost and largest of the Barlavento islands of Cape Verde. It has precipitous peaks, jaw-dropping ravines and tiny villages clinging to its mountainsides…

São Nicolau

Sao Nicolau Cape VerdeSão Nicolau (Portuguese meaning Saint Nicholas) is one of the Barlavento (Windward) islands of Cape Verde with an area of 388 km². Tourism is in its infancy here so the island still retains a genuine unspoilt feel. It is a mountainous island with stunning scenery…

São Vicente

Sao Vicente Cape Verde

São Vicente (Portuguese for “Saint Vincent”) is one of the Barlavento islands. It is roughly rectangular in shape with a surface area of ca. 227 km2 (88 sq mi). From east to west it measures 24 km (15 mi) and from north to south no more than 16 km (9.9 mi). Mountains and lovely beaches that are a magnet for windsurfers…

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