Cape Verde Travel Guide

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Cape Verde Highlights

  • Pro
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     Friendly people, nice landscape, good fish, good climate 

  • Con
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     growing violence and theft, drabness, transportation 

  • In a nutshell
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     Pleasant mixture of portuguese and african culture. 

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Santa Maria

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Praia

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Ilha do Sal

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52,108,0

Ilha de Santo Antão

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29,40,0

Santiago

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Mindelo

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6,11,7

Sal Rei

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6,43,1

Ilha de São Vicente

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Tarrafal

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Curral Velho

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João Galego

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Ilha de São Nicolau

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Fundo das Figueiras

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1,8,0

Ilhado Fogo

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5,20,0

Bofareira

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2,7,0

Ilha de São Tiago

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8,10,0

Rabil

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0,6,0

Cabeço dos Tarafes

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1,8,0

Santa Maria

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  • Pirata Night Club Prices

    Santa Maria Warnings and Dangers

    The Pirata night club charges a huge premium for drinks for tourists. You are issued with a slip and must keep it to the end of the evening. Woe betide you if you lose it as the Italian owners of this club sem to be very agressive drives a ganster car - Hummer - and have a very large dog. The place is gloomy and largely populated with local woman...

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  • Hotel Morabeza

    Santa Maria Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Live Music and cocktails

    Santa Maria Nightlife

    We had some great nights here if you love live music and want to get a feel for the music of Cape Verde this is the place to come but it's very popular so get there early. Music starts around 10pm and there is a great vibe and a real mix of ages and nationalities - it was really fun. The cocktails were fabulous and compared to back home real cheap...

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Praia

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  • Meat lovers

    Praia Restaurants

    Benfica is a very popular barbecue restaurant in Praia. You get tasty grilled meat with fries, local company (and loud tv probably). Not an advisable choice for vegetarians though, since there is only one standard meat dish on offer basically. But it's prepared deliciously - so if you like some meaty dinner, go for it! Well, there's only one dish:...

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  • Supermarket

    Praia Shopping

    This is the biggest supermarket in Praia. You can find a changing selection of Capeverdian and international food and drinks. The trouble is just that it's not predictable if something will still be available next week... They might offer Dutch Gouda now and never again after. But it comes closest to a Western supermarket and is also quite pricey....

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  • Cabo Expats' favourite nightspot

    Praia Nightlife

    Bomba'H is a hugely popular nightspot in Praia, especially during the summertime when Capeverdians living abroad visit their country of origin for a few weeks. The club organizes special theme nights in August to cater for the emigrants - there are Paris or Rotterdam theme nights then. If you want to enjoy cool clubbing this is the right place....

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Ilha do Sal

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  • MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

    Ilha do Sal Things to Do

    Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean there are bottles floating with a message inside. The message is from me and asks the finder of any of these bottles to let me know where they find them. I have been doing this for years and only ever had 2 found – 1 in Venezuela and the other in Thailand. Before I travelled to Cape Verde I laminated sheets of bright...

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  • FAST INTERNET - WIRELESS IF YOU NEED IT...

    Ilha do Sal Things to Do

    IPNET is a cracking new internet place in Sal that offers fast speeds and modern equipment. One of the owners, Patrizia, was very friendly and helpful. They are Italian, and their website is in Italian, but they do speak English as well. I stopped in because I needed to do some quick banking on-line. I was done as quick as a flash. They have modern...

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  • ATM'S

    Ilha do Sal Things to Do

    Sal has ATM cash machines. In fact they seem to be plagued with them. Despite what the guidebooks say, there are ATM’s on Sal in the airport, Espargos and in Santa Maria. In Santa Maria they are in the hotels and numerous banks. There is absolutely no issue finding one. They belong to the VISA, Plus and Venti4 cash networks. Quite a few businesses...

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Ilha de Santo Antão

  • Hiking from Corda to Ribeira Grande

    Ilha de Santo Antão Things to Do

    From Ponta do Sol we take an aluguer to Corda at 900 meters above sea level and began the descent. We never thought that walking down is exhausting, but I know better now...Anyhow, the views compensate for all efforts.The "road" is only a small mountain path, you really need a guidebook to find your way. Although think about your knees, it´s 900...

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  • Hiking to Fontainhas

    Ilha de Santo Antão Things to Do

    The walk to the "mountain village" of Fontainhas is a must! The road is easy to find and the views back to Ponta do Sol or to the mounains are spectacular!This walk is also for not very exercised people, but bear in mind that in midday it´s very hot and at the road there is almost no shade (take enough water and a headdress).We went up to the...

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  • Ribeira de Torre, circular stone...

    Ilha de Santo Antão Off The Beaten Path

    Along the road we saw a lot of circular stone structures, made of rocks. We tried to figure out for what is was used. At this place we saw pigs an other small cattle in these very small ones.Bwana Brown told me, that he found out, that funco is the name of these circular structures. Covered with dried leaves these structures are used as primitive...

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Santiago

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  • TARRAFAL: Museu da Resistencia

    Santiago Things to Do

    Museu da Resistencia, an old prison camp, is located just outside Tarrafal. The prison camp was built in 1936 to house opponents of dictator Salazar’s regime in Portugal, but later it was also used for the independence fighters from Angola, Cape Verde, and Guinea-Bissau. The prison was closed on May 1st, 1974 – a few days after the Carnation...

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  • SAO JORGE DOS ORGAOS

    Santiago Things to Do

    Sao Jorge Dos Orgaos - about 25 kilometres north of Praia - is a small picturesque village located between the mountains on the island of Santiago. The main attraction is the national botanical garden (Jardim Botanico Nacional). Well kept and a very nice place for a walk, some of the flowers are amazingly colourful and beautiful. Going to and from...

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  • CIDADE VELHA: Fort Real do Sao Filipe

    Santiago Things to Do

    Fort Real do Sao Filipe is strategically located on a hilltop just outside Cidade Velha, and from the top there is a nice view of the town and the canyon of Ribeira Grande...Fort Real do Sao Filipe itself… In the end of the 16th century Cidade Velha was attacked by Francis Drake, and soon after the fort was built to protect the town against further...

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Mindelo

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  • Meet the artist

    Mindelo Shopping

    Tchâle Figueira is Cape Verde's best known artist. He is a painter, sculptor, musician and writer. He has a his atelier in Mindelo at the beachfront (ask anyone for directions, he's very well known). Here you see some of his artwork exposed and you may also have the chance to chat with the artist who's multiligual (has lived in Switzerland for many...

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    Mindelo Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • From San-Miguel to Mindelo

    Mindelo Transportation

    No San Miguel on Saõ Vicente is not only an airport and a long beach : it is a living city and its people sometime need to go to Mindelo. From the airport, instead of taking a Taxi, either wait for a taxi-minibus (aluguer) coming from the ocean's-side or walk to San Miguel where you could wait for one in a small restaurant. The price is...

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Sal Rei

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  • Touts in Sal Rei

    Sal Rei Warnings and Dangers

    Prior to our visit to Boa Vista in May 2011, we had read a few stories of visitors being hassled by touts in the streets of the island's capital, Sal Rei.We weren't sure how big a problem this would be; whether it was just a case of a few less experienced tourists feeling a bit uncomfortable being approached in the streets or whether it was more...

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  • Residencial A Paz

    Sal Rei Hotels

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

  • Sal Rei's market building

    Sal Rei Shopping

    Mercado Municipal is a modern two storey market building in Sal Rei.It is located on the edge of Largo Santa Isabel, Sal Rei's main square, just inland from the beach. We made a brief visit to the market building during a tour of Sal Rei in May 2011.The ground floor of the market is devoted to food, and in particular fruit and vegetables. You will...

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Ilha de São Vicente

Curral Velho

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  • Curral Velho beach

    Curral Velho Things to Do

    Curral Velho beach is a beautiful, unspoilt white sand beach on the southern coast of Boa Vista island.It enjoys a rather remote location at the moment, but this could change in the coming years with ongoing development at the nearby Lacacao beach. In May 2011, a new tarmac road was opened that links the south of the island with the airport at...

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  • The abandoned village of Curral Velho

    Curral Velho Things to Do

    Curral Velho is an abandoned village close to the south coast of Boa Vista island, located a few kilometres to the east of Lacacao beach.It was the first stop on an island tour that we undertook in May 2011. We left from the Riu Touareg hotel in an off-road pick-up truck and arrived at Curral Velho after a short but bumpy ride over sand dunes. You...

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João Galego

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    During a tour of Boa Vista island in May 2011, we visited the cluster of three villages in the north east of the island, one of which is João Galego.

    Our guidebook stated that these villages were located in the greenest part of the island, in an area known as "The Garden of Boa Vista". They didn't appear to be particularly green, but compared to the rest of the island (which consists of sandy beaches and a rocky, dusty interior) there was certainly more plant life here than elsewhere. There were trees lining some of the streets and bright pink and red bougainvillea on the front of many of the homes.

    We passed through João Galego shortly after leaving the larger village of Fundos das Figueiras. The village consisted mainly of one straight road, lined on both sides with mostly low rise buildings. There were rows of colourful homes adorned with red bougainvillea. We spotted a small church and a grocery store. The map on www.boavistaexperience.com shows that the village also has a school, a cultural centre, a bar and even a disco. Like Cabeça dos Tarafes that we had passed through previously, João Galego appeared to be deserted as we drove through; we saw only one gentleman and he appeared to be walking away from the village!

    The road between João Galego and the other two villages of Fundos das Figueiras and Cabeça dos Tarafes is of a reasonable standard compared to much of the rest of the island. It isn't a tarmac road, but it is at least a defined (if somewhat cobbled) road which can easily be navigated without the need for an off-road vehicle.

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Ilha de São Nicolau

  • Haute cuisine on São Nicolau

    Ilha de São Nicolau Restaurants

    Besides three nice rooms, the Pensão Sitaquario offers excellent food and is definitely the best restaurant on the island (and maybe on Cape Verde). The owner Henny Kuster used to work as a cook in Holland and is now transferring his knowhow to local youth. The speciality of the house is tuna, but you can get almost anything you want, even a Swiss...

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  • Medical help

    Ilha de São Nicolau Warnings and Dangers

    Medical infrastructure on Sâo Nicolau is very basic. There is a "centro de saúde" in Tarrafal and a small hospital in Vila da Ribeira Brava. But both are only very modestly equiped and in case of a more serious injury you'll need to be transported to another island. There is also no suitable transportation for the injured and the bumpy roads add to...

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  • Surviving on a small far-off island:-)

    Ilha de São Nicolau What to Pack

    No fancy trolley, on the cobbled streets you can forget about that. Rather come with a large backpack and a smaller one for day excursions Hiking shoes, flipflops (no highheels - it's a pain on the irregularly cobbled streets!), a light jacket for hiking, bikini or swimmingbriefs, summer clothes Is mostly available in shops and pharmacies if you...

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Fundo das Figueiras

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    by SWFC_Fan Written Jun 12, 2011

    During a tour of Boa Vista island in May 2011, we visited the cluster of three villages in the north east of the island, one of which is Fundo das Figueiras.

    Our guidebook stated that these villages were located in the greenest part of the island, in an area known as "The Garden of Boa Vista". They didn't appear to be particularly green, but compared to the rest of the island (which consists of sandy beaches and a rocky, dusty interior) there was certainly more plant life here than elsewhere. There were trees lining some of the streets and bright pink and red bougainvillea on the front of many of the homes.

    We arrived at Fundo das Figueiras, the largest and most active of the three villages, a few minutes after passing through Cabeça dos Tarafes. Compared to the road that we had travelled along up until this point, the road from Cabeça dos Tarafes into Fundo das Figueiras and onto João Galego was of a much better standard. It wasn't a tarmac road, but at least it was a clearly defined, if somewhat cobbled, road. You could easily drive between the villages in a standard car (i.e. not an off-road vehicle) and that is more than can be said for much of the rest of the island!

    I believe that the village also goes by the name of "Norte" (or maybe this is a collective term for all 3 villages), as this name appears on some maps of Boa Vista island.

    We stopped for a short while in Fundo das Figueiras and had a walk around the village. The main street was lined with a handful of trees and a lady was sitting under the shade of one of them selling fruit and vegetables. We passed a school, a couple of bars/restaurants and rows of pretty houses painted in pastel colours and boasting colourful flowers outside. Dogs and chickens roamed the cobbled side streets and a few locals could be seen sitting in the shaded areas at the side of the road. We ended our visit with a brief look inside the village's impressive church.

    The village was far from busy, but was clearly the centre of activity as far as these three villages are concerned. The satellite map on www.boavistaexperience.com highlights several of the buildings, including a handful of bars/restaurants, two schools, the church, a post office and a clinic.

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Ilhado Fogo

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  • SAO FILIPE: Casa da Memoria

    Ilhado Fogo Things to Do

    Casa da Memoria is a small museum in the centre of Sao Filipe. It is housed in a former merchant's house which was built in 1820. The museum shows exhibitions about the local history and culture: A couple of rooms filled with old furnitures, decorative objects, and household objects. In a small courtyard is a small traditional Fogo house, it is...

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  • SAO FILIPE: Old Town Centre

    Ilhado Fogo Things to Do

    The old centre of Sao Filipe, called Bila Baxo, is a nice place for a walk. Cobbled streets, old colonial houses, small squares decorated with monuments of old (unknown for me) Portuguese heroes, and the seafront promenade with great views of the sea, the cliffs, the black sand at the beach, and of Fogo’s neighbouring island, Brava.In the centre of...

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  • Around the Island

    Ilhado Fogo Things to Do

    I booked a half-day ‘around the island’ tour through the Colonial Guesthouse, and it was a great experience. We were driving in an open jeep, more or less following the coastline around the Cha Das Caldeira volcanic crater. We passed small local villages, farmhouses, remains of old lava streams, and several spots with a good view of Pico de Fogo......

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Bofareira

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  • A must visit in bofareira

    Bofareira Restaurants

    This is a must visit for anyone whos going to see bofareira, a visit to enjoy a cold drink or the cabe verdian local drinks , punch, groge or stemparoth. It is a place to enjoy the local people, their kind and friendlyness. Normaly it is possibel to order something to eat too but no menu card .

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  • A beer in Bofareira

    Bofareira Restaurants

    We stopped in the tiny village of Bofareira during a tour of Boa Vista island in May 2011.After a good few hours sitting in the back of a pick-up truck, soaking up the hot sunshine, we were in need of cold refreshments.Our driver parked the truck up on the edge of the small sqaure that the village is centred around and our guide explained that...

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