Cape Verde Transportation

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Cape Verde Transportation

  • PETROL MUST BE PAID IN CASH !

    If you want to hire a car or jeep and drive around – you need cash! Despite putting VISA Electron symbols all over their signs, the fuel stations only take cash for fuel! I learned the hard way after fuelling my car and then offering a Visa card. I then had to run about 200 meters to an ATM to get the cash. The realy stupid thing is that I could...

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  • Domestic flights

    Between the islands you will probaply end up using planes at least once since the ferrys are very iregular and it's also a very rough ride.Cape Verde does have a very well functioning domestic airline system though, even if it is not the cheapest.

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  • Ferry Crossing part 3

    As we neared Furna – the small port on Brava – the sea would get a lot calmer. I could again stand up and even take some photos. The welcoming committee didn’t look too friendly though: five armed policemen lined up facing the boat. Is this the entire police force in Brava? I could see the pick-ups and taxis arriving at the dock gates, but they...

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  • Ferry Crossing part 2

    The boat was small and obviously intended as a cargo ship – there were no seats anywhere. We clambered around the back of the lower deck and found a couple of packing cases to sit on. There were three Germans and a small baby goat on that deck, apart from a few sacks of rice, tins of tuna and a huge bag of onions. The locals were sitting on the...

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  • Ferry Crossing part 1

    Qualitur had arranged to pick us up from the Belavista at 14:00 to take us to the port for the 15:00 sailing to Brava (from Fogo). By 14:15 we decided that maybe they’d forgotten us, so decided to phone them. The mobile phones didn’t appear to work (although I’d been texting England regularly), so we asked the lady in the hotel to ring for us. A...

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  • TACV

    There are two ways of getting to Cape Verde from the UK – charter flight with Thompson or via Lisbon with TAP (Air Portugal) and/or TACV, Cape Verde Airlines. We chose the latter, mainly because of the cost. TACV have a bad reputation for reliability, something we would become extremely glad of on our outward journey. We were able to check in on...

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  • Boat to Santo Antao

    During our visit to the Capeverdian islands, we also liked to visit Santo Antao. From Mindelo every day are 2 or 3 boats, departing to Santo Antao early in the morning.It was not easy to get the right information about getting tickets, allthough we tried to find out the day before at the port and the hotel.In the harbour we found out, that for the...

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  • Go around by plain

    Most people arrive at the international near Espargos at Ilha do Sal. So we did.With small planes of TACV you can fly between most of the islands. Sometimes the planes fly in time, sometimes they are a little late.But from Santiago to Sal the plane once had a departure of three hours earlier. Because we didn't get the message, we missed that plane.

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  • Cobble-stone "highways"

    Except for the island of Sal (which receives by far the most tourists) almost all of the roads in Cape Verde are cobble-stone. Some say it is the longests network of such roads in the world, one thing is for sure - it makes driving S L O W and noisy. Allow lots of time for excursions, especially if going by minibus. A road improvement program has...

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  • Ferry Porto Novo-Mindelo

    When we left Santo Antao the busdriver drove us to the office in Porto Novo where we could buy the return tickets for the ferry to Mindelo.A Capverdian man was very helpfull to get the tikets for us.In the background of the port you can see the other island Sao Vicente.

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  • Transport by bus

    On the islands are small busses to all towns and villages.At Santo Antao many busses wait in the port of Porto Novo. The busses will depart when there are enough paying passengers.At Santiago you take a taxi from the airport to Sucupira, the market in Praia. From there many busses depart to everwhere on the island.

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  • On the Ferryboat

    The boat trip from Mindelo to Porto Novo takes one hour.There was a warning that the sea could be rather rough.Many capverdians had their plastic bags ready and the crew supplied a lot of buckets.Without problems we arrived at Porto Novo.

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  • Boat to Santo Antao

    Every day there 2 or 3 boats to Santo Antao early in the morning.It was difficult to get the right information about getting tickets, allthough we tried to find out the day before at the port and the hotel.For the boat -we came for- it was neccesary to get the tickets in town. We didn't know.We were lucky to catch another (smaller) boat for which...

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  • Go around by plain

    Most people arrive at the international near Espargos at Ilha do Sal.With small planes of TACV you can fly between most of the islands.The planes fly sometimes in time, sometimes they are a little late.From Santiago to Sal the plane once had a departure of three hours earlier.We didn't get the message, so we missed that plane.

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  • From London Heathrow via...

    From London Heathrow via Lisbon with TAP Air PortugalTACV fly regular inter island air services. Their scheduling can be prone to last minute changes however.There are also regular ferry services between certain islands (e.g. Sao Vicente - Santo Antao .. see photo)

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  • other way

    the last day nobody had more cars to rent. So we went for the other option that is to rent someone with a car! On the main square of Sal Rei you'll find loads of Toyota that work as a Taxi. You can ask them to show you around, or if know were you want to go, ask them to take you there, and wait for you, if you want to go for a swim or something....

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  • Must rent a 4x4

    You should rent a 4x4 car, so you can explore the island. You only have 2 or 3 actual roads, the rest are all like "goat-paths"!

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  • Kreutzer travel operator

    It's already reported somewhere else in this page that the return travel was really wrong arranged and we needed to pay something to get on the righ flight in the right day at the right time ... Kreutzer touristik (the tour operator we used for this travel) was immediately refunding what we spent.I think it was the case to make u all aware of this...

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  • 3rd leg - Cape Verde to FFUrt

    And this was the drama: tickets from Sal to FFurt were wrongly booked !!!! So we had to change this paying something more :-( ... ok ... BUT: the check-in lady was maybe mixed-up by this tickets and she checked one baggage to Lisbon only (stop-over) and one to FFurt (final destination) ... we realized this but too late :-(. After a long discussion...

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  • 2nd leg - within Cape Verde

    To reach our island Boavista from Sal (international airport island) we went for internal flights with TACV, the local company. Aircrafts are ATR-42 and flight is some kind of 15 minutes long.Boavista airport is just a little bit bigger than a bus stop and they deliver baggages by hands !!!!TACV is a good company, not the tropical u could expect...

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  • 1st leg - FFurt to Cape Verde

    TAP Air Portugal was the flights provider for us ... they serve delicious food also in economical class but they have some aircrafts in the fleet you cannot believe ... so ollllllld and dirty and ... and... it was orrible to sit in this Lockeed Tristar, it was as bad as a lost museum !!! Nevertheless the flight was perfect ...Go to the next tip for...

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  • Probably the cheapest way from...

    Probably the cheapest way from Europe is to use flights of national carrier TACV. Lisbon and Amsterdam has best fares.If flying there by TACV you are able to buy 3-5 flights airpass for jumping from island to island (50 euro a jump). To enter Santo Antao use ferry departingdaily at 8 am from Mindelo/Sao Vincente and returning at 11 am (some days...

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  • The best way to travel to Cape...

    The best way to travel to Cape Verde from Bissau is with Tap Air. You'll be there faster than swimming... :-DI believe that sharks are common in this islands so better take a plane... :-PBy car no problem to get around Sal Island. Is a desertic Island. I remembered Phoenix and Tucson when I saw it!

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  • Sal is the only island with an...

    Sal is the only island with an international airport. Most tourist arrive and stay in Sal - that's ok if you are coming only for windsufring but if you want to see the counrty and the beauty of the other islands you have to take another flight. The inhabitet islands are all connected by plane. Small plane, the so called Twin Otters (a 50seater...

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  • the cheapest way is to take a...

    the cheapest way is to take a flight with hotel from Italy and then try to add free weeks. direct fly from Bergamoplane is the best way.if you have a lot of time..ship is an adventure on his own.At the TACV office don't forget to take a number, or you will wait for hours !

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Cape Verde Hotels

  • Hotel Morabeza

    Ilha Do Sal, Caixa Postal 33, Santa Maria, 4111, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Clubhotel Riu Karamboa

    Lote HO 1, Urb. Morrinho de Baguincho, Praia de Salines, , Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Residencial A Paz

    Avenida 4 de Julho, Sal Rei, 74000, Cape Verde

  • Mimagui Residencial Cape Verde San...

    Alto Monte Videu exp 203, Mindelo, BLANK, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • King Fisher Resort

    Ilha de Santiago

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • BravoClub Vila do Farol

    Praia Santa Maria, Santa Maria, 4111, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Residencial Alto Fortim

    Alto Fortim, BP 701, Mindelo, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Baia Verde

    Tarrafal, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Riu Funana

    Cabocan Lote A2, A3, Santa Maria, Cape Verde

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

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