A cool, Caribbean-like dream is what you’ll wake up to when you check into Cape Verde hotels...
This charming cluster of islands off the west coast of Africa is only five or so hours from the UK and boasts temperatures in the mid-twenties all year round. Gorgeous beaches, plenty of sunshine, a relaxed attitude, a uniquely blended culture, and lots to see and do for families as well as couples – what more could you ask for?
Holidays in Cape Verde continue to grow in popularity. Some of the archipelago’s beaches will remind you of the Caribbean, while the rocky formations and volcanic landscapes are reminiscent of Spain’s Canary Islands. But the flavours of Cape Verde are utterly unique, and they will quickly seep into your soul and have you begging for more.
Creating your stay, your way, is easy in Cape Verde. Book cheap flights to Cape Verde – you’re probably coming to the main holidays islands of Sal or Boa Vista – and then look for cheap car hire in Cape Verde. With one of our hotel deals, your perfect holiday is complete.
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Hotels in Cape Verde have been popping up all over the islands in recent years, and you can choose from a great selection of accommodation. Tourism is still low key on Cape Verde however, and you can enjoy some beaches all to yourself.
Santiago is the largest of the ten islands and home to the capital, Praia. The island is lush and mountainous, and has the biggest population in Cape Verde. Elsewhere, the islands of Sal and Boa Vista are popular holiday getaways, and other options include Sao Vicente, Santo Antao, Fogo, Brava, Maio, and Sao Nicolau.
Sal is the most popular package-holiday destination in Cape Verde. It attracts windsurfers and kite surfers, as well as those who prefer to stay horizontal on those pillow-soft sands. The main resort is Santa Maria, which features a number of excellent five-star Cape Verde hotels. Whether you crave a chic, all-inclusive break or a simple bed and breakfast by the sea, there’s a hotel in Sal for you. Look for hotels in Santa Maria when you hit search.
Luxury Cape Verde hotels also dot lovely Boa Vista, especially along the lengths of sensational Praia do Chaves and Santa Monica Beach, also known as Praia do Curralinho.
The sun shines down on these wondrous islands all year, although you can expect to see more showers between August and October. Hotel prices are good value in Cape Verde, as mass tourism is yet to take off here. So book your bargain break now, before the secret’s out!
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Nature dominates the list of tourism highlights on most of the islands, though shopping and sports come a close second…
Top five attractions
Turtle spotting on Boa Vista
The island of Boa Vista is a renowned turtle-hatching ground; spot these loveable creatures with the help of an experienced guide.
Soak up culture in Mindelo
Almost all of Sao Vicente’s history and population centres on the northern port of Mindelo, where art and culture have made their mark over the centuries.
Pump up the volume in Santa Maria
Things can get quite lively in this town on the south coast of Sal, where bars and nightclubs are open until dawn.
Water sports on Sal
Trade winds bring some top-class conditions for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers alike.
Shopping in Sal Rei
Boutiques sandwiched among souvenir shops make Boa Vista’s main town of Sal Rei a perfect spot to pick up bargains.
Liven up your holiday album by attending one of these annual events (well, it can’t be all beach, sea and sky)…
Creole Carnival (Sao Vicente); February: Taking its inspiration from Brazil, this colourful extravaganza will have you reaching for your dancing shoes. Bring your stamina too – the celebrations often begin at 9am and don’t end until the next morning.
Gamboa Festival (Santiago); May: Possibly Cape Verde’s largest music event, the festival attracts musicians from around the world. Make sure you book accommodation well in advance, as most hotel rooms will be taken at this time.
Santa Maria Music Festival (Sal); September: This is an annual celebration of music – both traditional and modern. Bars and street corners are set aside for performances before a display of fireworks heralds the start of the evening fun.