About Cape Verde
Cape Verde, one of the most developed countries in Africa is an archipelago consisting of 10 islands and several islets. The islands are divided into two groups:
- Barlavento (the northern parts) - Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Sal, Santa Luzia, and Boa Vista.
- Sotavento (the southern parts) – Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava
Although close to the Sahara desert, it has a beautiful weather all year round. The south experiences more rain and is warmer while the north is drier and cooler.
The largest island is Santiago, and this is where the capital city, Praia is located. The country houses a population of a little over 500,000 who are majorly Christians. The official language is Portuguese, however, locals speak a mix of Cape Verdean Creole.
The Cape Verdean culture is a mix of Europe and Africa with unique elements. A dance and music genre called morna is unique to Cape Verdeans. There are a range of activities one can engage in to enjoy the Cape Verde experience:
- You can hike the Fogo mountain
- Engage in water sports
- Bike on sand dunes
- Attend festivals such as Sao Vicente carnival, Sao Vicente Baia Gates festival, Gamboa music festival in Santiago.
Situated close to the sea, their diet is largely based on seafood, cachupa a popular delicacy is a stew made of the staple, corn, beans, and fish.
Casual and light clothing and a jacket for cool evenings is recommended. Cape Verdeans are polite and friendly. Getting around in the country should not be a hassle. Ferry services exist for inter-island travel; yachts are also available. Taxis and buses are also easy ways of commute. There’s plenty to see in Cape Verde, some of the places of interest are:
- Santa Maria Beach, a white sand beach located on Sal island
- Monte Gordo National Park
- Pedra de Lume, salt mines in Sal island where you can float on water
- Pico de Fogo, an active volcano on Fogo
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Cape Verde
Is it safe to go to Cape Verde?
Cape Verde has a low crime rate, however, one should be wary of isolated places.
Do they speak English in Cape Verde?
Portuguese and Cape Verdean creole are the common languages spoken. English is not commonly spoken in Cape Verde.
When is the best time to visit Cape Verde?
July to September are the hottest months. The best time to visit is from October to June, there’s more wind and temperatures are milder.
What is the currency in Cape Verde?
The Cape Verdean escudo. This can be exchanged with major currencies on the island.
How large is Cape Verde?
Cape Verde occupies an area of 4,033 square kilometre.
What are the Cape Verde islands called?
They are called the archipelago of Cape Verde, as they are a group of islands.
What are the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Cape Verde
There are 6 mobile network operators and also quite a number of internet service providers in Cape Verde. You can checkout the
list of networks operators in Cape Verde
and also details about each of them.