Cape Verde


Chã das Caldeiras, Fogo Island Cape Verde
A "French" Clan at the Mercy of Fogo
In 1870, a Count born in Grenoble on his way to Brazilian exile, made a stopover in Cape Verde where native beauties tied him to the island of Fogo. Two of his children settled in the middle of the volcano's crater and continued to raise offspring there. Not even the destruction caused by the recent eruptions deters the prolific Montrond from the “county” they founded in Chã das Caldeiras.    
São Nicolau, Cape Verde
Photography of Nha Terra São Nicolau
The voice of the late Cesária Verde crystallized the feeling of Cape Verdeans who were forced to leave their island. who visits São Nicolau or, wherever it may be, admires images that illustrate it well, understands why its people proudly and forever call it their land.
Cidade Velha, Cape Verde
Cidade Velha: the Ancient of the Tropico-Colonial Cities

It was the first settlement founded by Europeans below the Tropic of Cancer. In crucial times for Portuguese expansion to Africa and South America and for the slave trade that accompanied it, Cidade Velha became a poignant but unavoidable legacy of Cape Verdean origins.

island of salt, Cape Verde
The Salt of the Island of Sal
At the approach of the XNUMXth century, Sal remained lacking in drinking water and practically uninhabited. Until the extraction and export of the abundant salt there encouraged a progressive population. Today, salt and salt pans add another flavor to the most visited island in Cape Verde.
Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde
Boa Vista Island: Atlantic waves, Dunas do Sara
Boa Vista is not only the Cape Verdean island closest to the African coast and its vast desert. After a few hours of discovery, it convinces us that it is a piece of the Sahara adrift in the North Atlantic.
Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde
Santa Maria and the Atlantic Blessing of Sal
Santa Maria was founded in the first half of the XNUMXth century, as a salt export warehouse. Today, thanks to the providence of Santa Maria, Sal Ilha is worth much more than the raw material.
Santo Antão, Cape Verde
Up and Down the Estrada da Corda
Santo Antão is the westernmost of the Cape Verde Islands. There lies an Atlantic and rugged threshold of Africa, a majestic insular domain that we begin by unraveling from one end to the other of its dazzling Estrada da Corda.
Fogo Island, Cape Verde
Around the Fogo Island
Time and the laws of geomorphology dictated that the volcano-island of Fogo rounded off like no other in Cape Verde. Discovering this exuberant Macaronesian archipelago, we circled around it against the clock. We are dazzled in the same direction.
São Nicolau, Cape Verde
São Nicolau: Pilgrimage to Terra di Sodade
Forced matches like those that inspired the famous morna “soda” made the pain of having to leave the islands of Cape Verde very strong. Discovering saninclau, between enchantment and wonder, we pursue the genesis of song and melancholy.
Chã das Caldeiras a Mosteiros, Fogo Island, Cape Verde
Chã das Caldeiras to Mosteiros: descent through the Ends of Fogo
With the Cape Verde summit conquered, we sleep and recover in Chã das Caldeiras, in communion with some of the lives at the mercy of the volcano. The next morning, we started the return to the capital São Filipe, 11 km down the road to Mosteiros.
Brava, Cape Verde
Cape Verde Brave Island
During colonization, the Portuguese came across a moist and lush island, something rare in Cape Verde. Brava, the smallest of the inhabited islands and one of the least visited of the archipelago, preserves the authenticity of its somewhat elusive Atlantic and volcanic nature.
Santiago, Cape Verde
Santiago Island from Bottom to Top
Landed in the Cape Verdean capital of Praia, we explore its pioneer predecessor city. From Cidade Velha, we follow the stunning mountainous ridge of Santiago to the unobstructed top of Tarrafal.
Santo Antão, Cape Verde
Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande the Seaside Way
Once settled in Porto Novo, Santo Antão, we soon notice two routes to the second largest village on the island. Once surrendered to the monumental up-and-down of Estrada da Corda, the volcanic and Atlantic drama of the coastal alternative dazzles us.
Ponta do sol a Fontainhas, Santo Antão, Cape Verde
A Vertiginous Journey from Ponta do Sol
We reach the northern tip of Santo Antão and Cape Verde. On a new afternoon of radiant light, we follow the Atlantic bustle of the fishermen and the less coastal day-to-day life of Ponta do Sol. With sunset imminent, we inaugurate a gloomy and intimidating quest of the village of Fontainhas.
Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde
The Miracle of São Vicente
São Vicente has always been arid and inhospitable to match. The challenging colonization of the island subjected the settlers to successive hardships. Until, finally, its providential deep-water bay enabled Mindelo, the most cosmopolitan city and the cultural capital of Cape Verde.
Nova Sintra, Brava, Cape Verde
A Creole Sintra, instead of Saloia
When Portuguese settlers discovered the island of Brava, they noticed its climate, much wetter than most of Cape Verde. Determined to maintain connections with the distant metropolis, they called the main town Nova Sintra.
Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde
The Tarrafal of Freedom and Slow Life
The village of Tarrafal delimits a privileged corner of the island of Santiago, with its few white sand beaches. Those who are enchanted there find it even more difficult to understand the colonial atrocity of the neighboring prison camp.
Ribeira Grande, Santo AntãoCape Verde
Santo Antão, Up the Ribeira Grande
Originally a tiny village, Ribeira Grande followed the course of its history. It became the village, later the city. It has become an eccentric and unavoidable junction on the island of Santo Antão.
Miniature houses, Chã das Caldeiras, Fogo Volcano, Cape Verde
Chã das Caldeiras, Fogo Island Cape Verde

A "French" Clan at the Mercy of Fogo

In 1870, a Count born in Grenoble on his way to Brazilian exile, made a stopover in Cape Verde where native beauties tied him to the island of Fogo. Two of his children settled in the middle of the volcano's crater and continued to raise offspring there. Not even the destruction caused by the recent eruptions deters the prolific Montrond from the “county” they founded in Chã das Caldeiras.    
São Nicolau, Cape Verde

Photography of Nha Terra São Nicolau

The voice of the late Cesária Verde crystallized the feeling of Cape Verdeans who were forced to leave their island. who visits São Nicolau or, wherever it may be, admires images that illustrate it well, understands why its people proudly and forever call it their land.
Fort São Filipe, Cidade Velha, Santiago Island, Cape Verde
Cidade Velha, Cape Verde

Cidade Velha: the Ancient of the Tropico-Colonial Cities

It was the first settlement founded by Europeans below the Tropic of Cancer. In crucial times for Portuguese expansion to Africa and South America and for the slave trade that accompanied it, Cidade Velha became a poignant but unavoidable legacy of Cape Verdean origins.

Asparagus, Sal Island, Cape Verde
island of salt, Cape Verde

The Salt of the Island of Sal

At the approach of the XNUMXth century, Sal remained lacking in drinking water and practically uninhabited. Until the extraction and export of the abundant salt there encouraged a progressive population. Today, salt and salt pans add another flavor to the most visited island in Cape Verde.
Cargo Cabo Santa Maria, Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, Sal, Evoking the Sahara
Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde

Boa Vista Island: Atlantic waves, Dunas do Sara

Boa Vista is not only the Cape Verdean island closest to the African coast and its vast desert. After a few hours of discovery, it convinces us that it is a piece of the Sahara adrift in the North Atlantic.
Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde, Landing
Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde

Santa Maria and the Atlantic Blessing of Sal

Santa Maria was founded in the first half of the XNUMXth century, as a salt export warehouse. Today, thanks to the providence of Santa Maria, Sal Ilha is worth much more than the raw material.
Ocaso, Santo Antão, Cape Verde
Santo Antão, Cape Verde

Up and Down the Estrada da Corda

Santo Antão is the westernmost of the Cape Verde Islands. There lies an Atlantic and rugged threshold of Africa, a majestic insular domain that we begin by unraveling from one end to the other of its dazzling Estrada da Corda.
East side of the volcano, Fogo Island, Cape Verde
Fogo Island, Cape Verde

Around the Fogo Island

Time and the laws of geomorphology dictated that the volcano-island of Fogo rounded off like no other in Cape Verde. Discovering this exuberant Macaronesian archipelago, we circled around it against the clock. We are dazzled in the same direction.
Sun and coconut trees, São Nicolau, Cape Verde
São Nicolau, Cape Verde

São Nicolau: Pilgrimage to Terra di Sodade

Forced matches like those that inspired the famous morna “soda” made the pain of having to leave the islands of Cape Verde very strong. Discovering saninclau, between enchantment and wonder, we pursue the genesis of song and melancholy.
Chã das Caldeiras to Mosteiros, Fogo Island, Cape Verde
Chã das Caldeiras a Mosteiros, Fogo Island, Cape Verde

Chã das Caldeiras to Mosteiros: descent through the Ends of Fogo

With the Cape Verde summit conquered, we sleep and recover in Chã das Caldeiras, in communion with some of the lives at the mercy of the volcano. The next morning, we started the return to the capital São Filipe, 11 km down the road to Mosteiros.
Brava Cape Verde Island, Macaronesia
Brava, Cape Verde

Cape Verde Brave Island

During colonization, the Portuguese came across a moist and lush island, something rare in Cape Verde. Brava, the smallest of the inhabited islands and one of the least visited of the archipelago, preserves the authenticity of its somewhat elusive Atlantic and volcanic nature.
Santiago, island, Cape Verde, São Jorge dos Órgãos
Santiago, Cape Verde

Santiago Island from Bottom to Top

Landed in the Cape Verdean capital of Praia, we explore its pioneer predecessor city. From Cidade Velha, we follow the stunning mountainous ridge of Santiago to the unobstructed top of Tarrafal.
Santo Antão, Cape Verde, Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande, Morro do Tubarão
Santo Antão, Cape Verde

Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande the Seaside Way

Once settled in Porto Novo, Santo Antão, we soon notice two routes to the second largest village on the island. Once surrendered to the monumental up-and-down of Estrada da Corda, the volcanic and Atlantic drama of the coastal alternative dazzles us.
Fontainhas, Santo Antão, Cape Verde, balancing houses
Ponta do sol a Fontainhas, Santo Antão, Cape Verde

A Vertiginous Journey from Ponta do Sol

We reach the northern tip of Santo Antão and Cape Verde. On a new afternoon of radiant light, we follow the Atlantic bustle of the fishermen and the less coastal day-to-day life of Ponta do Sol. With sunset imminent, we inaugurate a gloomy and intimidating quest of the village of Fontainhas.
City of Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde
Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde

The Miracle of São Vicente

São Vicente has always been arid and inhospitable to match. The challenging colonization of the island subjected the settlers to successive hardships. Until, finally, its providential deep-water bay enabled Mindelo, the most cosmopolitan city and the cultural capital of Cape Verde.
Nova Sintra, Brava, Cape Verde, panoramic
Nova Sintra, Brava, Cape Verde

A Creole Sintra, instead of Saloia

When Portuguese settlers discovered the island of Brava, they noticed its climate, much wetter than most of Cape Verde. Determined to maintain connections with the distant metropolis, they called the main town Nova Sintra.
Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde, Tarrafal Bay
Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde

The Tarrafal of Freedom and Slow Life

The village of Tarrafal delimits a privileged corner of the island of Santiago, with its few white sand beaches. Those who are enchanted there find it even more difficult to understand the colonial atrocity of the neighboring prison camp.
Ribeira Grande, Santo Antao
Ribeira Grande, Santo AntãoCape Verde

Santo Antão, Up the Ribeira Grande

Originally a tiny village, Ribeira Grande followed the course of its history. It became the village, later the city. It has become an eccentric and unavoidable junction on the island of Santo Antão.

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Cape Verde, the Morabeza Islands.

There are ten semi-arid islands of volcanic origin spread across the Atlantic Ocean, about 570 km to the west of Mauritania and Senegal and exposed to the trade winds.

Together, the Cape Verde Islands cover an area of ​​just over 4000 square km. From 1460 onwards, they were discovered by Portuguese navigators or in the service of the Portuguese crown. Cape Verde proclaimed its independence (from Portugal) on 5 July 1975.

Cape Verde is one of the four archipelagos that form the insular domain of Macaronesia. The others are, from north to south: the Azores, Madeira and Porto Santo, and the Canaries,

Each Cape Verdean island has its own charm.

The popular island of sal with its arid, desert scenarios. The privileged salt pans and beaches, and the strong trade winds that attract windsurfers and kitesurf de todo o mundo.

The island of Boavista, the emerald sea, its vast sands and huge dunes.

The mother island of Cape Verde is Santiago. The Cidade Velha is located there, the first town in the archipelago that started it all. Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. And the Tarrafal countryside has a bad memory, but today, too, a welcoming town with its own irresistible beaches.

Fogo, its majestic volcano mountain and Chã das Caldeiras, home to resilient communities with a curious French-speaking origin, from time to time, with victims affected by the inexorable lava of Fogo but who still do not abandon the gigantic caldera-crater where your clan has long inhabited.

Then there's the elusive Brava, located west of São Filipe, the capital of Fogo. May, lady of some more wonderful beaches and the tiny Santa Luzia.

To the north, the mountainous Santo Antao, São Vicente, and the city of Mindelo, considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. And Baía das Gatas, place of the famous music festival of the same name.

The tiny Santa Luzia and then São Nicolau, sung by Cesária Évora in “Saudade“. And, like Santo Antão, place of the last artisanal and historic piers of the archipelago

How to go


VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES

A visa can be obtained on arrival. Diplomatic and service passports are visa free. 

More information on Cape Verde page of the Portuguese Communities Portal.

HEALTH CARE

Cape Verdean authorities may require a yellow fever vaccination certificate to visitors over 1 year of age who come from countries at risk of transmitting the disease, or who have spent more than 12 hours at airports in those countries.

It is advisable to vaccinate or boost vaccines against Hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus.

In Cape Verde, there are sporadic cases of dengue and malaria. At the time this guide was created, there had been no reported case of Ebola in Cape Verde.

For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).

TRIP TO CAPE VERDE

You can purchase a travel program suited to the time you have and the style of preferred experiences with the specialized agency in Cape Verde, the soltropic.

A TAP and TACV fly regularly from Lisbon and other destinations to the capital Praia, also to Mindelo, in São Vicente, to the island of Sal and to Boavista, for starting at €250 round trip. 

Must Do's


  • Santo Antão
  • Fire with ascent to the summit of Fogo volcano
  • Return to São Vicente and Mindelo; Carnival and festival at Baía da Gatas
  • Santiago including the Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage), Tarrafal both the prison camp and the village and beach.
  • São Nicolau
  • Deserted beaches in Maio or Boa Vista
  • cachepa
  • Cape Verdean Traditional Music

Explore


INTERNAL FLIGHTS

A TACV and Cape Verde Express they serve all inhabited islands except Brava. You can also opt for the TACV Air Pass, a pass that allows you to fly on all TACV routes. It must be purchased abroad and after purchasing a TACV international ticket to Cape Verde.

SHIP

There are boat connections between all the inhabited islands of the archipelago. Depending on the number of inhabitants of each island – and, as such, the potential passengers – the frequency of trips can be quite different. Due to adverse sea conditions, connections can be suspended or suffer long delays, up to several days.

Companies that manage ferry services include:

ANAV ; STM   

Djalo and Macedo:

Tphone: +238 261 34 41                                                                       

CSA – Cape Verde Shipping Agency, Lda

Telephone: +238 261 11 78                                                                   

Polar – Agência Marítima de Navegação, Ltd.

Telephone: +238 261 52 23                 

More information on www.bela-vista.net/ferry.aspx

CAR RENTAL

It is possible to rent a car on several islands but only three of them have dimensions and roads that justify a considerable expense. São Boavista, Santiago and Fogo. Cape Verdean roads are largely unpaved and very precarious. As such, it is advisable to hire a vehicle with four-wheel drive. 

At the time this guide was created, we had not detected any car rental company with a presence in the main rent-a-car search engines. The biggest company was Alucar with offices in Sal and São Vicente, but it is likely that several others have since appeared on the larger islands of the archipelago. Count on prices from €40 per day with everything included. 

TAXI

Cape Verde's largest cities are served by a good fleet of taxis. As a rule, journeys are inexpensive, between €1 and €5, depending on the urban distance. The case changes if you want to explore one of the islands by taxi. In this case, expect to pay between €30 to €50 for a few hours and double or triple for full-day services.

OTHER 

Are popular in Cape Verde, the gaps, vans or vans that Cape Verdeans misrepresented the name of the famous Toyota model. They are usually old and run through cities and other towns without fixed stops. Pick up and drop off passengers wherever you go. Have become one of the main transports collective on the more urbanized islands. If you use one of these gaps, expect to pay between €0.50 to €3, possibly more if the path urban is longer. 

When to go


It rains very little in Cape Verde and temperatures remain constant throughout the year, between 20°C and 30°C, with hotter days in the summer peak from late May to September and water temperature that increases from 20°C to 27°C. XNUMXth, in September.

 No time is bad to visit Cape Verde but bear in mind that the winter months from mid November to March are quite windy. As a rule, the rainy season runs from August to mid-October. At this time, it rains more often which makes certain areas greener. Despite these rains, Cape Verde is still a dry archipelago, largely inhospitable.

Money and costs


Cape Verde's currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE). Euro and US Dollar are also currently accepted. The main Cape Verdean cities and even smaller towns have bank branches, as a rule, with ATMs that allow withdrawals with bank cards. These agencies also exchange currency, travelers checks and make cash advances. Only the most sophisticated establishments in the country – the best resorts and hotels – are prepared for credit card payments.

ACCOMMODATION

Cape Verde has relatively expensive accommodation by African standards.

You can find a more affordable and spartan stay in the simplest hotels and inns, for around €15 in a double room with shared bathroom, possibly without hot water. On a higher level, average quality hotels charge from €25 for a night in a double room with private bathroom, air conditioning and hot water. 

If you show up at the counter of one of the Sal or Boavista resorts without the previously purchased travel package, you can prepare to pay from €70 per night with at least breakfast included. 

DINNERS 

Meals in Cape Verdean restaurants are based on national dishes such as the famous cachupa but also on simple grilled fish or fried meat dishes accompanied by rice or xarem. Expect to pay between €4 to €15 for a full meal at one of these restaurants.

Meals at the best hotels or resorts not included in travel packages will have substantially higher prices.

INTERNET 

There are Internet cafes in the main cities of Cape Verde and even in other towns. As a rule, the Internet is slow. If you arrive in Cape Verde as part of a travel package, the resorts or hotel you are staying at will have access included, almost certainly wi-fi.

Company Mobile CV markets several mobile Internet solutions including simple SIM cards for use in smart phones, pens (USB sticks) and others. Check prices on the website.

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