Cape Verde

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Cape Verde is a country in West Africa. It comprises a group of islands of the Atlantic Ocean, west of Senegal. It is part of the region of Islands collectively known as Macaronesia. In October 2013, the government declared that its official name would not be translated into foreign languages and the country is now the Republic of Cabo Verde or simply Cabo Verde in English, although it will probably take many years for this change to enter common usage.

Population: 531,046 people
Area: 4,033 km2
Highest point: 2,829 m
Coastline: 965 km
Life expectancy: 71.28 years
GDP per capita: $4,200
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About Cape Verde


Cape Verde’s climate is temperate, with a warm, dry summer. Precipitation is meager and falls between the months of June to February, peaking in September.

Some islands see almost no rain: these are Sal, Boavista and Maio. The islands with most rainfall are Santiago, Fogo and Santo Antao.


  • Game fishing
  • Kite surfing & wind surfing
  • Diving
  • Jetskiing and other water sports
  • Canyoning in Santo Antao


Cape Verde has fantastic fresh seafood. Tuna is common, as is Wahoo - a white fleshed fish with similar texture.

  • Lagostada – a lobster dish
  • Cachupa - the national dish made with maize and potato. Fish or chicken commonly added for flavor.
  • Tosta mista - common toasted ham and cheese sandwich.

European food is common on all the islands. Italian is especially popular on Sal. Vegetarians can ask for omelets or salads.


Local beer is a lager to drink ice cold, its name is STRELA, but you can easily find international beers and other drinks, including some from Portugal.



The official currency of Cape Verde is the escudo, abbreviated CVE and indicated with a cifrão (a symbol similar to the dollar sign, but with two vertical strokes instead of one) after the amount. The currency is fixed against the euro at 110$ per euro.

In the resort islands of Sal and Boa Vista, euros are commonly accepted, although you might receive change in escudos.

Money can be changed from all major currencies at the international airports at Sal and Praia. Bank branches at larger towns will also change money. Larger towns also have ATMs that will take Visa, MasterCard and Maestro.

High end hotels will accept credit cards. Other hotels will expect cash although many mid-range ones will accept euros at a reasonably exchange rate (slightly worse than the banks). For everything else, expect to pay in escudos.


Since most goods are imported, the cost of living is moderate to high. On the island resorts of Boa Vista and Sal, the cost of living oftentimes can be compared to their Caribbean counterparts. The island of Santiago is reasonably the least expensive.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Cape Verde on Wikivoyage.

Cities in Cape Verde


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Sal is an island of Cape Verde.

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  • Praia de Santa Maria
  • Santa Maria Town Square
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Boa Vista is the third largest island of the Archipelago Cape Verde. Similar to the island of Sal, it is flat, and has a surface of 620 square kilometres. The Peak of Estância is the highest point of the island, measuring about 390 metres. It has large areas of white sand dunes. Oases of date palms are found ... (read more)

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  • Praia de Santa Monica
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Sao Vicente is an island of Cape Verde. The city of Mindelo is the cultural capital of the Cape Verde.

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Praia is Cape Verde's capital and busiest city. Settlements in Praia started in the 1615 which then became capital of the country in the year 1770. The city is located in the southern end of Santiago Island and has year round good weather. The city is divided into various small unofficial districts, the most ... (read more)

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  • Fort Real de Sao Filipe
  • Estadio da Varzea
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Points of Interest in Cape Verde

  • Cidade Velha, whose name translates to "Old City" was the first European city in the tropics and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Cova valley on Santo Antão - located in a crater of an extinct volcano.
  • The town hall, cathedral and Palace of Justice in the capital Praia.
  • Fogo, an island of volcanoes, one of which erupted in 1995.

Praia da Chave - Boa Vista

Praia de Santa Maria - Sal

Fort Real de Sao Filipe - Praia

Laginha Beach - Sao Vicente

Estadio da Varzea - Praia

Praia de Santa Monica - Boa Vista

Sao Pedro Beach - Sao Vicente

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