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Welcome to Cape Verde

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an archipelago country consisting of 10 volcanic islands and 5 islets 500 km off the west coast of Africa. Although the destination has not been as popular as other destinations, Cape Verde is now getting the attention it deserves now that tourists have unlocked this gem of a destination and all it has on offer.


From some of Africa's beautiful and untouched beaches - a must-visit for lovers of water sport, to islands with moon-like landscapes with friendly weather; Cape Verde is attracting curious tourists in droves from all corners of the world. With 10 islands to explore, expect a melting pot of cultures. Cape Verde was originally discovered by the Portuguese, so there’s a mixture of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences. You’ll see it in the island’s music, fashion and – perhaps most clearly – the food.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

When you visit Cape Verde, you will discover it’s a beach lover’s paradise. The most popular island is Sal, known for its stunning landscape with colourful, cobbled towns, like Santa Maria on the southern shores. Here, you’ll find surf shops, traditional restaurants and a pretty square lined with al fresco cafés. The main attraction, though, is the beach, which stretches along the coast for eight kilometres.

For water sport lovers, there are a number of diving and snorkelling options you can choose from. The island of Sal is one of the best places to go if you want to explore Cape Verde beneath the waves, with many opportunities presenting themselves from Santa Maria Beach.

Fishing is one of Cape Verde’s most popular activities and its worth trying when you visit Cape Verde.Many of the islands offer guided fishing trips and there are various types of fishing on offer, from rock fishing and deep sea fishing, to big game fishing and surf casting.

For lovers of history, Tarrafal Concentration Camp is a great place to learn about Cape Verde’s colonial history. Portuguese authorities used to hold and interrogate political prisoners at this camp during the 1940s. It was shut down in 1975 and converted into a museum. Today it remains a haunting reminder of colonial abuses.

The museum in Mindelo is another intriguing place to visit. The museum tells the story of Sao Vicente’s role in the triangular trade to whaling in the late 19th century. Here, shipwrecks are on display like the 1743 wreck of Princess Louisa.

Business

Business in Cape Verde is conducted in Portuguese or English. Most of Cape Verde's business links are with Portugal. Business hours are generally 8am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Climate

Cape Verde's climate is milder than that of the African mainland, because the surrounding sea moderates temperatures on the islands. Average daily high temperatures range from 26 °C (79 °F) in February to 31 °C (87.8 °F) in September. It rains irregularly between August and October, with frequent brief heavy downpours. Most of the year's rain falls in September.

Communications

It is super convenient to use your phone anywhere. In Cape Verde they have good wireless internet connections (WiFi). This way you have direct and fast access to the internet. Most restaurants, cafes and hotels offer their customers free wireless internet. If you do not want to be dependent on a WiFi connection, you can of course just make calls or use the internet through your phone. This is often not cheap and therefore a SIM card from Cape Verde is recommended. With this, calling and mobile internet is very cheap.

The country code is +238. The outgoing code is 0 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 044 for the United Kingdom). City codes are not required. The archipelago's main cities can be reached by International Direct Dialling. A GSM 900/1800 mobile network is in operation throughout the islands; coverage is good in most towns.

Duty Free

Travelers to Cape Verde are permitted the following items without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes, 1 litre of alcohol, a reasonable amount of perfume or eau de cologne and some gift items. The import or export of narcotics is strictly prohibited.

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Round two-pin attachment plugs and Schuko plugs are used.

Health

A yellow fever vaccination is required for those arriving from Nigeria and other countries known to have history of infections. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid, and it is generally advised that all travelers be up to date on vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria. Malaria medication is also recommended.

Language

The official language is Portuguese and a patois known as Crioulo.

Passport Visa

Cape Verde is visa free to Nigerians.

Safety

Visits to Cape Verde are usually trouble free. The political situation is stable and the crime rate is low. The only danger is presented by occasional hazardous sea conditions around the islands.

Tipping

At least 10 percent tip should be given if no service charge has been added to the bill, and tips should be in local currency.

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