Discover Cape Verde
Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago formed by ten islands, nine of which inhabited, and eight islets, reaching a total surface of 4033 km². Located at 445km off the west coast of Africa, its 510.000 inhabitants are well known for their morabeza a word that transmits the best these paradise islands can offer.
The northern islands are named the Windward Islands, and are Santo Antão, San Vicente, Santa Luzia (the uninhabited one), San Nicolau, Sal and Boavista.
To the south you can find the Leeward Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava.
There are two types of islands according to the relief: flat islands surrounded by long and wide beaches Sal, Boavista and Maio and the high, contrasted mountain islands Santo Antão, Santiago, Fogo, San Vicente, San Nicolau and Brava where you can see black sand beaches.
The official language is Portuguese, but people usually speak Capeverdean Creole, a mother-tongue to be proclaimed Cape Verdes official language. Each island has its own Creole variety.
Cape Verde homes a variety of musical styles due to the mixture of various European and African music forms: morna – worldwide popularized by the eternal diva, Cesária Évora – batuque, funaná, mazurka, and tabanca are the most popular music styles.
The climate is tropical dry with two main seasons: the dry season, between November and July, and the wet season, from August to October.
The average annual temperature swings around 25º C, which makes Cape Verde a 365-day sunshine country with beautiful, sunny beaches. With a privileged location in the middle of the world and close to Europe, America and Africa, these small grains of land are your ideal holiday destination.
Capeverdean gastronomy may be defined as an endless mixture of dishes resulting from very distinctive influences that came to these islands along the centuries.
The great reference is catchupa, a corn-and-bean based dish served with vegetables and meat which give it a very exquisite flavor.
Capeverdean flavours also include quality and diversity of fish and seafood that marvel all visitors. Some local made cheese and jam can also be tasted along with the countrys gastronomic offers.
Do enjoy good Fogo wine or the typical grog, a sugar-cane rum, or try some delicious coffee also produced in Fogo.
Each Island has its own personality and characteristics. So, come and discover your favourite island.
Documentation: To travel to Cape Verde, you need a valid passport and a visa.
Currency: The Capeverdean currency is the Capeverdean Escudo, which has a fixed exchange rate with the Euro at any Bank or Exchange Office. Euros are normally accepted in some islands.