Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT IN CAPE VERDE

Music and Dancing

Entertainment in Cape Verde is varied and also varies from island to island. Music runs through the veins of the Cape Verdeans and so much of the entertainment in Cape Verde involves music and dance. Visitors to Cape Verde will find everything from gentle, live music to lively nightclubs. The sounds of Africa blend with Latin and European themes.  Many bars arrange live music, if not every evening, then very often once or twice a week. The Cape Verdean people like to have fun and so dancing often accompanies the music. In many places it is quite acceptable for visitors to join in; in fact it’s expected – the order of the day is fun! It is not uncommon for entertainment to start fairly late in the evening and around the Christmas and New Year period there tend to be more events to enjoy.

Morna is the music of Cape Verde, being similar to Portuguese Fado it is atmospheric. You will find performances of Morna in many bars in on all the islands; however, Mindelo is likely to offer the most choice.

However, entertainment in Cape Verde can be passive or active:

Festivals

Festivals are common in Cape Verde – colourful, lively occasions when local people let their hair down. Festivals are dotted throughout the year, but the biggest is in Sao Vicente in February when they let rip Rio style. A Gay Pride event takes place in Mindelo (São Vicente) in June. Quiet restful holidays, even within the larger towns referred to above, are possible. If entertainment is not something you are looking for, then many of the smaller islands, such as Maio, Fogo or Brava might suit you. On these islands you will find occasional music events in local bars, but it is gentle and relaxing. Given the warm climate open air events are quite common.

But entertainment in Cape Verde is not just an evening pastime:

Land activities

Walking, hiking and trekking are popular activities on some islands. On Fogo, Santo Antão, São Nicolau and Santiago there are mountains and ravines, as well as coastal paths and more challenging hiking. Some of the other islands such as Maio and Sal provide gentler walking.

Quad biking is also available on some islands, but they are banned from parts of the sand dunes. This ban is in order to protect the turtles and their nests. Hiring a quad bike for half a day or a full day can be an excellent and fun way to see the island. You can do so under your own steam, or with a guide. Don’t wear good clothes because you will probably get rather dusty!

Although not a typical destination for golf, there is a golf course on São Vicente, but if tends to be rather dry because of the lack of rainfall.

Being an island state, water sports are inevitably a significant feature:

Great fun can also be had away from the beach. Tours of the island, hiring quad bikes, walking, hiking (alone or with a guide) or even golf. However, Cape Verde is not a typical destination for golfing holidays, given the lack of rainfall and the cost of water, the courses that there are, are rather dry. All islands are suitable for walking and hiking, but some are more challenging than others.

Water sports

During the day you can relax on beautiful beaches, or around a pool or indulge in the large variety of available water sports such as kite surfing.

Water sports are available on all of the islands. They include activities such as swimming, snorkelling, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, jet skiing, fishing, diving and sailing. The diving in Cape Verde is considered to be some of the best in the world. There are wrecks off the islands and the waters are teeming with marine life. Species such as turtles, dolphins, whales and a variety of fish are found. Kite surfing has become a major activity in Cape Verde. On the east of the island of Sal island Kite Beach providing excellent conditions for this popular sport.

Entertainment in Cape Verde has something for everyone.

  • Dancing
    MUSIC AND DANCING
    Entertainment in Cape Verde very often involves music. Many bars arrange live music, if not every evening, then very often once or twice a week. The Cape Verdean people like to have fun and so dancing often accompanies the music. In many places it is quite acceptable for visitors to join in; in fact it’s expected – the order of the day is fun! It is not uncommon for entertainment to start fairly late in the evening and around the Christmas and New Year period there tend to be more events to enjoy.
  • Ocean Cafe
    NIGHTLIFE
    Entertainment varies very much from island to island. If you are looking for regular entertainment and a lively nightlife, then islands such as Sal, São Vicente, Boa Vista and Santiago will offer you the widest selection. In towns such as Santa Maria (Sal), Praia (Santiago) and Mindelo (São Vicente) you will find plenty of bars, restaurants and night clubs to choose from. For those whose preference is for more sedate entertainment then some hotels will hold dances and events of different styles, to suit all tastes.
  • Carnival
    FESTIVALS
    Festivals are common in Cape Verde – colourful, lively occasions when local people let their hair down. Festivals are dotted throughout the year, but the biggest is in Sao Vicente in February when they let rip Rio style. A Gay Pride event takes place in Mindelo (São Vicente) in June. Quiet restful holidays, even within the larger towns referred to above, are possible. If entertainment is not something you are looking for, then many of the smaller islands, such as Maio, Fogo or Brava might suit you. On these islands you will find occasional music events in local bars, but it is gentle and relaxing. Given the warm climate open air events are quite common.

ACTIVITIES

  • Turtle Watching
    A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES
    Activities are varied and many involve the sea. This is not surprising for a country comprising 10 islands. However, water sports are not all that is available to the visitor. Excursions can be arranged on most of the islands, some touring in vehicles, some boat tours and some walking tours. There are also some nighttime tours to see the stars or observe the turtles (turtle tours are only between June and September).
  • Ocean Cafe
    WATER SPORTS
    Water sports are available on all of the islands. They include activities such as swimming, snorkelling, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, jet skiing, fishing, diving and sailing. The diving in Cape Verde is considered to be some of the best in the world. There are wrecks off the islands and the waters are teeming with marine life. Species such as turtles, dolphins, whales and a variety of fish are found. Kite surfing has become a major activity in Cape Verde. On the east of the island of Sal island Kite Beach providing excellent conditions for this popular sport.
  • Quad biking
    WALKING & QUAD BIKES
    Walking, hiking and trekking are popular activities on some islands. On Fogo, Santo Antão, São Nicolau and Santiago there are mountains and ravines, as well as coastal paths and more challenging hiking. Some of the other islands such as Maio and Sal provide gentler walking. Quad biking is also available on some islands, but they are banned from parts of the sand dunes. This ban is in order to protect the turtles and their nests. Hiring a quad bike for half a day or a full day can be an excellent and fun way to see the island. You can do so under your own steam, or with a guide. Don’t wear good clothes because you will probably get rather dusty!
  • Sailing
    EQUIPMENT HIRE
    Bicycles can be hired in many places, which is another way in which to explore the islands. Some companies also hire power-assisted bicycles and tricycles. Tuition for many of the sports, especially the water based activities, is available in most places. This is recommended, as the sea should be respected and it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Visitors wishing to enjoy an activity based holiday will not be disappointed. There are even outdoor gyms in various locations. A little research on each island will help you to choose a holiday destination that provides you with the activities you seek.