Cape Verde islands

The Cape Verde Islands

The Cape Verde islands are in the middle of the Atlantic, approximately 600km due west of Senegal. This country is just a two-hour flight south of the Canary Islands, consequently, flight times from much of Europe are between six and seven hours. The country comprises 10 islands, 9 of which are inhabited, together with a number of small islets.

The islands vary considerably in character, from sandy desert plains to lush green valleys and mountains. This small archipelago provides the visitor with superb beaches. These are considered comparable with the Caribbean or the Seychelles; however, within a much shorter flight time from Europe

There is a variety of terrain, a variety of beaches and the islands provide something for everyone. People that enjoy a lively holiday with plenty of bars and nightlife might well choose Sal. Visitors that want a quiet, relaxing holiday, enjoying gentle walks and deserted beaches might decide on Maio. For those looking for mountains and more challenging walks and rugged coastlines, then Santo Antão or São Nicolau might best. If it is culture that you want then you may decide on São Vicente.

1

Boa Vista

2

Brava

3

Fogo

4

Maio

5

Sal

6

Santiago

7

Santo Antão

8

São Nicolau

9

São Vicente

Some interesting facts about the Islands

Fogo

The highest point in Cape Verde is the Pico do Fogo, the mountain on the island of Fogo

Maio

Maio is Portuguese for the word ‘May’ because it was first discovered on 1st May 1460

Sal

Sal once had a significant salt industry, hence its name – Sal being Portuguese for salt

Santiago

The World Heritage Site of Cidade Velha was the former capital of Cape Verde and known as Ribeira Grande

Brava

Brava was first inhabited in the 1540’s, but the population grew in 1675 when the volcano on Fogo erupted

Boa Vista

Boa Vista is the least populated of the inhabited Cape Verde islands with the smallest number of inhabitants

São Vicente

Trees were very scarce on São Vicente until the middle of the 20th Century; now many valleys on the island are forested

São Nicolau

In the 1940’s famine hit the island and many people emigrated to São Tome and Príncipe and also to the island of Sal, Cape Verde

Santo Antão

Santo Antão is home to 50 endangered plants species and this means it has the largest number of any island in Cape Verde

Main sections of this website

Islands

Cape Verde is an archipelago comprising 10 islands, nine of which are inhabited. Here we give you a snapshot of each island, including its terrain, culture, activities and where to stay.

Travel

There are various options for getting to Cape Verde, depending on which islands you are visiting. Here we outline the options for international travel and travel within Cape Verde.

Info

This section will give you more information about Cape Verde, the beaches, environment, whale-watching and weather, making your visit to this fascinating country all the more enjoyable

News

Our news section brings you up-to-date information on Cape Verde. Get all the latest news on activities, culture, environment, events, politics, sport, tourism and latest flight info

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