Cape Verde On a Budget
Top Tourist AttractionsCape Verde is made up of 10 major islands, and while each island is generally similar, each has its own character.
Visiting the beach is of course one of the most popular activities. Many beach-side hotels and resorts are available for those that want a relaxing vacation. Surfing, Kitesurfing and windsurfing, and other water sports are very popular.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are also very popular. The warm, clear tropical waters are teeming with undersea wildlife.
Visiting the desert is also one of many popular things to do in Cape Verde. Many of the interior parts of the islands are sandy, dry, and rocky, and offer amazing scenery found nowhere else in the world.
Hiking is quite popular, as much of the country is rugged and beautiful. One of the best experiences is to go hiking in Santo Antao where you can see not just beautiful mountain views, but also experience local villages, too.
Whale watching is popular during certain times of the year.
Hiking is also popular given the rugged mountainous terrain of the island interiors. Some of the areas are lush, while others are in the desert.
TransportationGetting to the islands is fairly easy with flights from Portugal and Spain to multiple cities on various islands such as Mindelo or Praia. Once on the islands, short flights are available to any of the other islands.
Getting around an island is also easy due to a large number of taxis as well as public bus services. Rental cars are also common (check prices here) Many larger hotels also provide transportation to the airports, docks, or center of the largest towns on the island.
Popular FoodsAs Cape Verde is an island nation, guests can expect plenty of fresh seafood. The locals prepare a number of authentic dishes to the islands as well as well-known European favorites, especially with a Portuguese influence.
Common seafood dishes include Lobster, Tuna, Wahoo, as well as couscous, rice, corn, potatoes, and plenty of tropical fruits.
Cachupa is a stew-like dish served with seafood, corn, potatoes, and beans (recipe).
Pastel is a fried pastry filled with seafood or meat.
Horse Cheese is also a common ingredient in many recipes, and is also eaten solo.