cape verde tourists increase

Cape Verde receives more tourists in 2017 – Cape Verde Holidays

Cape Verde has received 348,000 tourists in the first half of 2017

Cape Verde tourists have once again increased during the first six months of 2017. 7.9% more registered guests visited the country and overnight stays increased by 9.8%

These figures come from a recent statement by the National Statistics Institute. 348,600 guests spent a total of 2.2m overnight stays on Cape Verde. In the second three months, the number of registered guests was 153,500 with 988,100 overnight stays – 15.9% and 13.7% respectively.

From these statistics, it was established that hotels were the most popular choice for Cape Verde tourists, so hotels accounted for 87.5% of the total, with bed & breakfast establishments next with 3.9%, inns 3.2% and tourist resorts 2.7%.

Furthermore, of all the islands Sal continued to be the most popular for Cape Verde tourists, attracting almost half (45.7%). Boa Vista came second with 32.2% and Santiago third with 10.4%. The UK continued to be the origin of most of the visitors (27.1%). Portugal was next (11.4%) followed by Germany (9.9%) and The Netherlands with 8.3%, and visitors from the UK stayed the longest.

TRAVEL TO CAPE VERDE

It is possible to fly to the four international airports in Cape Verde from many European cities, together with Brazil and mainland Africa. The four International Airports are Amílcar Cabral, Sal; Nelson Mandela, Praia on Santiago; Aristides Pereira, Boa Vista; and Cesária Évora, São Vicente. From any of these airports you can get to the other islands by using internal flights operated by Binter CV. In addition, there are ferries operating between some of the islands. Ferry is the only way to get to Santo Antão and Brava islands.

As Cape Verde becomes more popular as a tourist destination, more flights are becoming available from Europe. It is possible to find yourself on some of the best beaches in the world the same day.

On arrival at any of the Cape Verde international airports it is necessary to purchase a Visa which costs €25 and lasts one month. However, some airlines include the visa in their price, so it is wise to check with the airline. If you need to purchase a visa then you must join the visa queue when you arrive, not the queue for passports. If passport control cannot find you on their list, you would then have to pay the €25, but keep the receipt and reclaim the money when you leave Cape Verde.

TRAVEL WITHIN CAPE VERDE

Travel between the islands is possible by plane or boat, but the boats and the planes do not operate every day on some routes. You can travel to all islands by plane, with the exception of Santo Antão and Brava. Internal flights being operated by Binter CV Ferries operate between Praia (Santiago) and Maio; also São Vicente and Santo Antão; between São Vicente and São Nicolau; and between Praia (Santiago), Fogo and Brava. Ferry routes are sometimes liable to change, so it is always best to check with the operators – Polar Lda and CV Fast ferry

When it rains (occasionally) in Cape Verde!

The rains have yet to reach Cape Verde; it has been dry for 10 months, but this is how they celebrate when the rain comes:

In August the temperature rises with a daytime high of around 29ºC and a low of around 23ºC. This is however, one of the wettest months, when there can be up to 53mm of rain, but spread over about 6 days. There can sometimes be heavy showers, but the sea is still an attraction and beautifully warm, with a temperature of around 27ºC.

 

baia das gatas festival

Forthcoming Festivals in Cape Verde

There are some festivals coming up during August and September. These include the Festival de Música de Calheta, 12 – 13 August in Calheta, Santiago; City festival (sport and culture), 21 August to 8 September in Vila do Maio, Maio; the famous Baia das Gatas Festival of Music, 11 – 13 August in Baía das Gatas, São Vicente and The Sal Music festival in September in Santa Maria. Enjoy the music that is such an important part of Cape Verdean life.

groupa fish

An evening of fish and poetry on Maio!

On 26 August 2017, there will be a night of garouper and poetry in Vila do Maio, on Maio island. This will be the third such event and combines the enjoyment of garoupa cooked in a variety of ways, combined with some enjoyment of the arts. Garouper is a variety of fish caught around the Cape Verde islands, but sometimes referred to as grouper or garoupa.

praia from the air

New Hotel in Praia, Cape Verde

The new hotel and casino planned for Praia is expected to be operational in two and a half years time. The complex, which is to be built on the island of Santa Maria in Praia will also include a marina and convention centre. The project is a Chinese initiative and is to be constructed by a contractor from Beijing. Work on a bridge to link the island to Praia will commence shortly.

edy walter tavares

Cape Verdean Basketball Player in action

Cape Verdean basketball player Edy Walter Tavares, playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League, was the Cavalier’s highest scorer in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The 25 year old player is 7’3″ (2.21m) tall and has a ‘wingspan’ of some 7’9″ (2.36m); he was born on the island of Maio, Cape Verde.

 

 

brava landscape

Photo of the week – the green island of Brava

Brava is the smallest of the inhabited islands of Cape Verde, and it is also one of the greenest of the islands. Clouds form over Brava for most of the year, creating a climate that is ideal for plants to flourish; a lovely island to visit, especially if you are interested in plants such as palms, oleander and almond.

santo antao mountain road

Photo of the week – Mountain road on Santo Antão island

The dramatic, rugged scenery on the island of Santo Antão is well worth exploring. The island is mainly mountainous and one side of the island is dry and barren and the other side is lush and green. There are also attractive little towns and a rugged coastline to enjoy. This island does not have its own airport, but is easily reached by ferry from the nearby island of São Vicente.