Cape Verde Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Cape Verde

Where is it?: Cape Verde is a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal

Why do people go here?: Only a short distance from Europe, Cape Verde is a place to relax in the sun – and party

What are the main entry points?: Flights usually come from Lisbon.

Currency used: Escudo

Country Code for Phones: 238

Religion: Roman Catholic infused with indigenous beliefs, Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

Population: 500,000

Ethnic Breakdown: Creole (mulatto) 71%, African 28%, European 1%

Government: Republic

Languages: Portuguese, Crioulo

Travel Information

Major Cities: Praia

Attractions: Sal

Accommodation: Cape Verde Hostels

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Brava

Health Issues: Yellow Fever

When to go: July to October are the best months, but you can visit yearround.

Specific Events/Holidays: New Year’s Day: January 1, Day of the National Hero: January 20, Labour Day: May 1, Ascension Day: May 25, Independence Day: July 5, Assumption: August 15, All Saints’ Day: November 1

Getting Around: Flights between islands are expensive. It’s best to use buses around major cities.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Cape Verde is the Amílcar Cabral International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Cape Verde travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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