Why you should travel to Cabo Verde?
Top places to visit in Cabo Verde
The island of Santo Antão is the second-largest and northernmost island in Cabo Verde. It's home to some amazing beaches, hiking trails, and lighthouses. We loved staying at the Rocha Brava Beach hotel, with its pool overlooking the ocean.
Ribeira Grande is one of our favorite cities in Cabo Verde, with blue cobblestone streets and an adorable main square, Praça Francisco Lopes. We had some amazing street food here at a tiny local restaurant - if you ever find yourself in Ribeira Grande, be sure to check it out!
The city of Tarrafal is known for its black sand beaches. While not as picturesque as some of the other beaches on this list, it's worth a visit if you're already on Santo Antão or passing through.
São Nicolau is probably our favorite island in Cabo Verde. We especially loved staying in the Bela Vista Hotel on mountains that overlooked a gorgeous beach.
Ponta do Sol is also one of our favorite beaches in Cabo Verde, with its beautiful black sand and clear blue waters. It's a great place to enjoy some seafood from the restaurant right by the water!
When to travel to Cabo Verde
If you're in Cabo Verde in November, be sure to visit the Ponta de São Lourenço Festival of Traditional Arts. This is a great opportunity to see some of the traditional crafts of Cabo Verde and get a taste of what life was like on these islands hundreds of years ago.
Cabo Verde Travel in December
In December, head to the fishing village of Tarrafal on the island of São Nicolau for a traditional holiday meal! Roasted goat is one of our favorite things to eat here - if you stay at the Bela Vista Hotel, they have a whole roast goat dinner on Christmas Eve. We also enjoy a local liquor, Laranjada. It's quite sweet and tastes a bit like orange juice mixed with Sprite - you can even get it as a cocktail on the beach!
Cabo Verde Travel in January & February
In January and February, Festa do São João is celebrated all over Cabo Verde. There are dances, music, and huge bonfires. And of course, the beaches are packed with revelers during this time - if you're there around this time of year, be sure to check it out!
Cabo Verde Travel in March & April
During Semana Santa (Easter Week), many traditional foods made with dried meats and cheeses are featured in Cabo Verde. This is a great time to try some traditional foods here, and you might even find these dishes being sold from the backs of motorcycles during the Semana Santa celebrations!
Cabo Verde Travel in May & June
In May and June, both Santiago and São Vicente celebrate their national holidays - Cesária is on May 17th and Mindelo celebrates the anniversary of its foundation on June 13th. These are great events to check out if you're here around these times - there's traditional music, dance, parades, and more!
Cabo Verde Travel in July & August
During Festa do Corpo de Deus, huge bonfires are lit up all over the islands. If you're here around this holiday, be sure to find a fire and watch it with some locals!
Cabo Verde Travel in September & October
In September and October, there's a Thanksgiving tradition called Festa da Música. During these two months, bands travel around the country playing live music in front of city halls. The music is free, so be sure to check this out - you may find yourself listening to some great local tunes!
Food and Beverages in Cabo Verde
-Capeverdean Creole, which is a spicy mix of rice, beans, and vegetables. It's spicy but delicious!
-Pudim de Queijo, or egg pudding. Quiche isn't just for breakfast anymore! We love this dessert dish.
-Pastel di Belém, which is a pastry pie made with cheese and egg yolk. This was our favorite dish in Cabo Verde - it has a crispy exterior with an oozy gooey interior that you need to try!
-Cachupa is a traditional dish made up of beans and cabbage, with one or two types of meat. It's hearty and delicious.
Activities in Cabo Verde
1. Hike waterfalls: The island of Sal has many hiking trails that will take you through the rainforest to see beautiful views and hike by refreshing waterfalls.
2. Explore the beaches: Praia, a beach resort town on the island of Santiago, has some of the most beautiful beaches in Cabo Verde. With white sands and clear blue water, Praia is filled with activities for everyone. There are resorts that offer relaxing massages at the beach, where you can chill in a hammock while someone pours coconuts over your feet! You can go snorkeling or scuba diving, where you might even see dolphins! Or if you're looking for something a little more adventurous, take a dune buggy across the sand dunes and see what treasures you find.
3. Swim with sea turtles: The beaches of Santa Maria on the island of Sal are famous for their green sea turtles! You can snorkel and swim with them in crystal clear waters and learn about the amazing creatures.
4. Explore the islands by boat: There are many tour companies that offer boat trips around the islands of Cabo Verde. Whether you want to take a day trip or do an island-hopping adventure for multiple days, there are many options. Take a sailboat around Fogo's famous volcanic rock formations! Or ride on a banana boat on the beautiful beaches of Sal.