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Welcome to Cape Verde

Cape Verde
Cape Verde is an archipelago found off the West African coast in the Atlantic Ocean. These spectacular volcanic islands are unique in character and the local culture is a melting pot of Caribbean, African, Portuguese and Brazilian ingredients. Every island is different and unique in it’s own way.

With an almost Caribbean-like atmosphere, this fantastic island boasts beautiful beaches, historic towns, exciting activities and stunning scenery. The weather is drier than the Caribbean and your only 6 hours flight away.

The Cape Verde islands have a fascinating history and the best place to discover it is at Cidade Velha, the Old Town found on Santiago, the largest island, which is the location of the first Portuguese settlement.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Along with superb beaches and a great year-round climate, the Cape Verde islands offer a wide variety of activities and must-do excursions. There is certainly something for everyone wheter you fancy a little bit extra on your holiday other than topping up your tan and enjoying the local cuisine.

There are many different and exciting activities available on the islands in the form of excursions, day trips, island tours and immersing yourself in the local scene!

Please note: There is a golf course on the island of Säo Vicente, which is a simple dry course and a little bit windy! Therefore this is not recommened for the serious golfer!

Of course each island does have its own niche and there are better times of year to visit if you wish to partake in a particular activity during your stay. To assist with your decision, we have put together a monthly grid which will help you choose when to travel and which island suits you be

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Climate

The climate is pleasantly tropical with year round temperatures between the mid to late twenties, with uninterrupted sunshine from November to May and a rainy season between the months of August and October. Due to the location of the Islands it can be windy particularly between November and April.  Between December and February The Bruma Secca a dry mist/haze can appear over the islands.

Communications

UK mobile phones do work in Cape Verde (except pay as you go) however calls and web browsing can be expensive. A cheaper option is to buy a pre-paid SIM card for your phone on arrival in Cape Verde and be given a local number.

Getting Around

Taxis are readily available in the larger towns and resort areas and are generally of a good standard. Although they work on a meter they can at times be ‘creative’ so it is always worth agreeing the cost before setting off. A two to three mile journey should cost around 4 Euro.

The most inexpensive way of getting around are the ‘aluguers’ buses that are easily identified and drive around the town and are often full of passengers and packages. You simply shout when you want to get off. These usually operate daily until 1930.

Island to Island Travel

Flying is the most practical way of travelling between the islands however the airline that operates these, TACV,  do sometimes change schedules and flights are sometimes early, delayed or cancelled.

There are regular ferries operating between São Vicente and Santo Antão, and between Fogo and Brava as there are no airports on the islands of Santo Antão or Brava.

 

Health

There are no compulsory inoculations for entering Cape Verde however we suggest you see your doctor before booking who will prescribe any necessary medication for your trip.

 

As chemists are not always readily available in the areas near the hotels, please ensure you have your own supplies of general medication, i.e. headache / stomach cures. There is no malaria present in Cape Verde with the exception of Santiago from September to November. If you are visiting Santiago during these months, please check with your GP for the latest advice.

 

Pregnancy

Airlines require women 28 weeks or more into pregnancy, at the time of return travel, to have a medical certification of fitness to travel. Normally after 32 weeks permission to travel is refused.

A Department of Health leaflet 'Health Advice to Travellers' is available free from your GP, travel agent or by phoning FREE on 0800 555 777.

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies

Your hotel reception staff will be happy to call a doctor who will come and visit you in your hotel. Please note: There may be a charge for this. Major medical emergencies will normally get flown to Praia or Lisbon for treatment.

We would advise you to take anything you would normally need from a chemist with you as such items may be more expensive in Cape Verde and your preferred items may not be available.

Stomach Upset: Some people will inevitably suffer with a tummy upset due to the change in food, water and climate. We suggest you take a few precautions such as drinking plenty of bottled water and avoid drinking too much alcohol in the sun. Re-hydration sachets are also a good idea to help replenish the body’s natural salts and minerals lost through perspiration.

Sunburn: Protect yourself well - a hat and a high protection factor sun cream are strongly recommended. Even on overcast days, the sun’s rays are still extremely powerful.

 

Language

Cape Verdean Creole is a creole language of Portuguese basis, spoken on the islands of Cape Verde. It is the native language of virtually all Cape Verdeans, and it is used as a second language by the Cape Verdean diaspora.

The language has particular importance for creolistics studies since it is the oldest (still-spoken) creole, and the most widely spoken Portuguese-based creole.

Money

The currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo or CV Esc which can only be obtained in the islands. You can take Sterling or Euros to exchange. The fixed exchange rate is 110 CV Esc to €1. Euros are widely accepted throughout the islands but be careful as credit cards are not. Maestro or Switch cards are currently not accepted, only the Visa and MasterCard sign. Charges for changing travellers cheques can be quite high. Cash points are in major towns however we recommend that you do not rely solely on these.

Passport Visa

Please make sure you have given us the passport details for all of your party more than 7 days before your departure for us to arrange your visa in advance. We automatically do this for all of our package holiday passengers provided we have all passport information at least 7 days in advance of travel. This is included in our package pricing.

For those on a flight only or accommodation only basis, we are happy to arrange this for an extra charge. It is also possible to purchase your visa on arrival in Cape Verde by joinging the visa queue in the arrivals area of Sal or Boa Vista airports. The fee is approx €25 per person.

For late bookings made within 7 days of departure our administration staff will try to pre order your visa however, if unsuccessful, this can be purchased on arrival.

 

Safety

The crime rate in Cape Verde is generally low. As in all destinations, especially in the larger towns, we advise you to exercise caution and not show valuables or large amounts of cash. Taxis are recommended at night on Santiago as it has fewer tourists and have more residential areas than the other islands. Taxis are available and are generally of a good standard, although it is advisable to agree the fare before setting off.

Time

During GMT the Islands are 1 hour behind the UK.

During British Summer Time, the Islands are 2 hours behind the UK.

 

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