Cape Verde is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean consisting of ten islands, situated 1,000 kilometers south-west of the Canarian Islands and only 480 kilometers west of Senegal.
Collectively, the islands have a total area of 4,033 km². Santiago is the largest island and the smallest is Santa Luzia (uninhabited). Most of the islands are mountainous with spectacular rock formations. All of the islands are are of volcanic origin and Fogo even hosts an active volcano.
The islands are divided into two groups:
Borlavento (the northern islands):
Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Santa Luzia, Sao Nicolao,Sal (Home of No Limits Adventure), Boa Vista
Sotavento (the southern islands):
Maio, Santiago, Fogo, Brava
What to expect
The official currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo (ECV). 1 Euro = 110.265 CVE(fixed rate)
Almost all of the hotels and restaurants accept VISA and MASTERCARD.
The National Institute of Statistics (INE) reported that in 2018 the tourist population was estimated at 771,335 people, which is an increase of 8.3% in relation to the year before (712,199 people). Tourists prefer the islands of Sal (No Limits Adventure HQ) and Boa Vista, where you can find the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago.
Conditions to enter in the country
To enter the Republic of Cape Verde you need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date of return to your home country. A visa is not required for stays up to one month. There is an airport security tax (TSA) of 31€ per person that needs to be paid upon arrival in the airport.
The official language is Portuguese, but people use another language called Creole which is a raw, simplified Portuguese. Apart from this, in the touristic areas they speak English, Italian, French, Spanish and German.
The temperatures varies between 22-27 degrees Celsius all year, except for mountainous areas where the temperature could drop to 10 degrees Celsius and the desertic areas, where in August and September the temperature can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius.
The time difference is GMT -1. In summer GMT -2.