Cape Verde (known as Cabo Verde in Portuguese, or “Green Cape”) is an archipelago of ten islands (nine inhabited), located in mid-Atlantic, 600 kilometres / 373 miles west off the African coast.
The Cape Verde Islands, uninhabited until the 15th century, were discovered and colonized by Portuguese explorers.
The archipelago’s ten islands of volcanic origin are divided into two groups:
- Barlavento / Windward Islands – (west to east): Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia (uninhabited), São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista
- Sotavento / Leeward Islands (east to west): Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava
Capital: Praia (Santiago Island)
Area: 4,033 km² (1,557 sq mi)
Population : 560,899 (2017 estimate)
The official language is Portuguese. The Cape Verdean Creole is a recognised national language.
UTC-1. Cape Verde does not observe summer time (DST).
Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE). The Euro is currently accepted in Cape Verde (€1 = CVE 110). Major hotels, restaurants and supermarkets in large cities accept credit and debit cards. Cash withdrawals can be made at Automated Teller Machines (ATM). Currency can be exchanged at both banks (open Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm) and hotels.
Electrical Current | Sockets
Electrical Voltage: 220 V | Frequency: 50 Hz
Visa and Entry Requirements
Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need a visa together with a valid passport to visit Cape Verde.
Vaccines | Health
There are no required vaccinations, but your doctor may advise you to get some based on your travel plans. Medical facilities are limited, and some medicines may be unavailable. Make sure you have travel health insurance that covers repatriation.
Drink only bottled water, avoid raw vegetables unless they can be washed thoroughly, and take the usual precautions against mosquitoes by using insect repellent. Finally, take plenty of sun cream.
Petty crime and burglary are common and can affect all islands.
The climate of Cape Verde is tropical dry, with year-round warm temperatures and very little rainfall. The islands can be enjoyed across the whole year.
U.S. Embassy Praia
Portugal Embassy Praia