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Cheap flights to Cape Verde

The beautiful islands that make up exotic Cape Verde are a delightful blend of cultures from European to African.

Once under Portuguese rule, Cape Verde has retained many of the country’s influences from the mouth-watering seafood and the haunting melody of Fado, to the elegant classical architecture that lines many of its streets.

Cape Verde’s islands are eclectic and diverse in their landscapes from lush, cool, green mountain ranges and isolated beaches to eerie volcanic moon-like panoramas. Santiago, the largest of Cape Verde’s islands, is a haven for hikers with many jungle treks on offer complete with native wildlife. Fogo, famous for its volcanic peaks, is another fabulous place to hike. A visit to the other-worldly salt mines of Sal is almost a supernatural experience.

With a UNESCO protected cliff-side fort, the Cidade Velha oozes 16th century, historic charm while the waters that surround it are a paradise for divers. 16th century shipwrecks are now called home by the ridiculously colourful sealife that dwell beneath the clear azure waters. Boa Visa islet is another extraordinary place where divers and snorkelers can enjoy spotting yellow fin tuna and eels and even the odd humpback whale, if very fortunate.

Adrenalin junkies can get their kicks on the island of Sal, renowned for its extreme windsurfing, waterskiing, surfing and sailing, while those in search of a party atmosphere need look no further than Sao Vincente where the Carnival and Baia das Gatas Festival keep locals dancing to island beats until the dawn. Sao Vincente also has some fabulous markets for bargain hunters to browse.

From bird watching and rum drinking to barefoot salsa dancing on the soft sands of Sal; Cape Verde is an island paradise; an archipelago of carnival and music, where time slips away like the sun behind the vast Atlantic Ocean.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Sal Amilcar Cabral International is the principle airport on the island just 1.2 miles from the capital Sal Rei. Shuttle buses are available to the centre.

Another airport on Cape Verde is Boa Vista Aristides Pereira Airport, located just 3 miles from the capital, Sal Rei in Boa Vista. There is no public bus service but a shuttle bus is available to and from some local hotels. The journey time is around 20 minutes. Taxis are available for hire.

Cesária Évora Airport located on the island of São Vicente, is located 3 miles from the centre of Mindelo and serves the entire island and the island of Santo Antão.

What you need to know

Currency: The Cape Verde Escudo

Visas: UK nationals require a visa to visit Cape Verde. A passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals. UK nationals can obtain a visa on arrival but the process can take up to two hours. Applying in advance is recommended. Visas can be single or multiple entry and valid for stays of up to 30 days. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: 18 is the legal age for consuming alcohol on Cape Verde. Portuguese is the national language and it is well worth learning a little for the sake of politeness.


Best Time to Visit

Cape Verde is warm all year round but has a rainy season from August to October. December to March is winter in Cape Verde but is not cold by any means. The best time to visit is between February and June when days are warm and long.

February is also Carnival time and the Sao Vincente Mindelo is one of biggest and brightest with plenty of sequins and feathers on display. Don’t miss the fabulous Festivals de Musica da Baia das Gatas in August to hear everything from local jazz and reggae to Latin and traditional Cape Verde music and where dancing on the beach until dawn is highly likely.  Boa Vista also hosts its own festival, the Santa Isabel in July. Food, drink and music kick off September in Santa Maria while Santiago’s May Gamboa Festival and June Tabanka celebrations are great examples of local culture. Wherever and whenever you visit Cape Verde, the one thing you will always hear is music, from the traditional melancholy Morna to the African Batuko and the rhythmic Funana. 

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