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Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Dreamy beaches, lunar landscapes, and a melting pot of cultures await in Cape Verde.

Holidays in Cape Verde

Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored – the Cape Verde Islands. With their pristine beaches, rugged landscapes, and vibrant culture, these volcanic islands offer a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural riches that captivate the hearts of travellers from around the world.

Just a six-hour flight from the UK, you’ll find the perfect mix of African, Brazilian, and Portuguese influences ready to be explored. From adventurous outdoor activities to immersive cultural experiences, whether you’re looking for a family holiday to remember or some romantic time in the sun- Cape Verde has it all.

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When is the best time to visit?: Cape Verde has a sub-tropical climate with average annual temperatures of between 24 and 30°C. With year-round sunshine mixed with cooling trade winds, the islands are perfect for beach breaks and lovers of sun. But typically, the best months to visit are in the late autumn or winter.

Where is the best place to stay in Dubai?: Sal is Cape Verde’s most popular island; combining an eye-catching, lunar landscape with colourful towns and perfect waters for water sports. On the south coast, Santa Maria has an eight-kilometre beach, traditional restaurants, and a café-lined square.

The island of Boa Vista is a favourite for beach lovers. This place lives up to its name ('beautiful view') with 55 kilometres of uninterrupted pristine-white sands bordering crystal-clear waters.

Travel guide

A new ‘kid on the block’ except with savvy holidaymakers, the former Portuguese territory of the Cape Verde islands is the perfect year-round destination for sun-filled holidays!

  • Best time to visit: February-June
  • Average temp: 25°C/77°F
  • Average flight time: 6 Hours
  • Most suited for: Couples
  • Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo
  • Time Difference: -1 hours
Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

The Cape Verde Islands are home to a rich and diverse cultural heritage shaped by centuries of history and influences from Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Explore the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture of the historic town of Cidade Velha on Santiago Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest European settlements in the tropics. Experience the rhythms of traditional Cape Verdean music, such as morna and funaná, at lively festivals and street parties held throughout the islands. And don't miss the opportunity to sample the delicious local cuisine, which features fresh seafood, hearty stews, and tropical fruits bursting with flavour.

Explore the Beaches

Explore the Beaches

With over 1,000 kilometres of coastline, the Cape Verde Islands boast some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. From the powdery white sands of Santa Maria Beach on Sal Island to the dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters of Tarrafal Beach on Santiago Island, there's a beach for every traveller to enjoy. Activity fans will love water sports from windsurfing, kitesurfing, and scuba diving to surfing and sailing. Not forgetting horse-riding along beaches, quad biking, and ATV adventures. Whether you're seeking relaxation, water sports, or simply stunning views, the beaches of Cape Verde are not to be missed.

Hike the Volcanic Landscapes

Hike the Volcanic Landscapes

The Cape Verde Islands are home to a rugged terrain of volcanic peaks, deep valleys, and rocky cliffs, making them a paradise for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a trek to the summit of Pico do Fogo on Fogo Island, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the crater of the island's active volcano. Or explore the lush valleys and mountain trails of Santo Antão, known as the "Island of Peaks," where you can encounter waterfalls, lush vegetation, and charming rural villages along the way.

food and drink

Food & Drink

With an array of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from serving local and international fare, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to satisfying your hunger pangs or quenching your thirst on a Cape Verde holiday.

The local cuisine is influenced by Creole, Portuguese, Brazilian, and African flavours. No holiday to Cape Verde would be complete without trying Cachupa, Cachupa Rica, Cado de Peixe au Caiderado, Lagosta Suada, and Percebes with Doce de Papaya and Bol de Cus-Cus for dessert.


Average monthly temperature in Cape Verde (°C)

  • Jan 23°C
  • Feb 23°C
  • Mar 23°C
  • Apr 23°C
  • May 23°C
  • Jun 24°C
  • Jul 26°C
  • Aug 27°C
  • Sep 27°C
  • Oct 27°C
  • Nov 26°C
  • Dec 25°C
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