Destination Information for Cape Verde
Cape Verde on the West Coast of Africa is a country formed by a group of ten islands. Its inhabitants are known to be some of the richest, most well-educated and politically liberal on the continent. Cape Verde is a popular holiday destination both for tourists looking for a relaxing beach holiday in a luxury resort, and for those looking for a rural getaway in the country’s spectacular mountainous regions. The climate is warm and dry, so even during the rainy season from August to October you’re likely to experience plenty of sun.
If you’re visiting for the vast, unspoilt beaches of Cape Verdi, head to Santiago Island, where the capital city, Praia is located, along with the majority of the country’s population. The islands of Sal and Boa Vista are also popular with sun-lovers, with water-sports and villa resorts in abundance. For those looking for a quieter retreat, Brava Island is accessible only by boat, and makes for the perfect base for quiet contemplation. The rural São Nicolau is also a laid-back destination for those more interested in seeing mountains and agriculture than sun-loungers and cocktails.
Action-packed trips to Cape Verdi can include kite-surfing, water-sports, hiking, volcano watching on Fogo and canyoning in Santo Antao. Visitors arriving early in the year from February to May will enjoy amazing whale-watching, while those who come from June to October are treated to the sight of nesting turtles on the sandy beaches.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a very low risk of malaria throughout the country. Anti-malarial medication is nor normally advised.
There is no British embassy in Cape Verde. Please contact the FCO for advice.