Cape Verde, the African answer to the Caribbean
Cape Verde is a unique holiday destination, where you will be made to feel exceptionally welcome thanks to the world-famous morabeza (translated as hospitality) from the locals. The arrow-shaped archipelago is made up of ten islands in total and is awash with golden sand beaches, picturesque sugarcane fields and fascinating wildlife. Book your flights to Cape Verde with us today by following the links on this page.
The main reason to visit the Cape Verde islands is for the year-round sun and beautiful, untouched beaches but there is far more on offer if you look hard enough. Mount Fogo on Fogo is the highest peak in the region and it emerges threateningly from the floor of the ancient Cha das Caldeiras crater. A walk out to the lighthouse on Boa Vista gives you a stunning view over the Atlantic Ocean and there's also 55 kilometres of coastline to explore.
Food and drink in Cape Verde
On the island of Sal you can walk down the wonderful cobbled towns such as Santa Maria and find one of the many small restaurants where you can enjoy cachupa, Cape Verde's national dish of slow cooked stew made with fish or meat. For desert you can sample some Bol de Cus-Cus cake, made from corn and sugar and served with cabra cheese. Grouge is a rum based drink which forms the foundation of the Cape Verdean cocktail known as ponche, which also has lime and molasses in.
History and architecture
The best place to learn about the history and culture of the Cape Verde islands is to visit the Museu Municipal, where you will find two floors of exhibits, old photographs, musical instruments and other items. You can find out about the famed sugar cane industry and how grouge is made by visiting Santa Antao.
Activities and nightlife
Cape Verde is perfect for watersports lovers, with Boa Vista a hotspot for kite-surfers and windsurfers. Those searching for bars and live music in the evening are best heading to Sao Vincente where you will find Mindelo, which is always buzzing with energy and people.
Find flights to Cape Verde
- Cheap flights to Boa Vista
Departing from London on Friday, 11 January 2019 and returning on Wednesday, 16 January 2019from £29114h ago
- Cheap flights to Praia
Departing from London on Monday, 25 February 2019 and returning on Tuesday, 5 March 2019from £27821d ago
- Cheap flights to Sal
Departing from Manchester on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 and returning on Tuesday, 25 December 2018from £16412h ago
Cost of living in Cape Verde
|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£4.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£0.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£1.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£18.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£28.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£224.00|