Cape Verde

Cape Verde Overview

Cape Verde consists of 10 main islands and 5 tiny islands, lying in the Atlantic Ocean, about 400 miles west of Dakar, Senegal, on the African mainland.

Sao Tiago the largest island, covers 383 square miles. Santo Antao is the second largest island, followed by Boa Vista, Fogo, Sao Nicolau, Maio, Sao Vicente, Sal, Brava, and Santa Luzia. Santa Luzia and the five islets are uninhabited.

Apart from beaches, the islands also offer impressive mountains and volcanoes. Most visitors utilise the inter-island ferries or domestic airline to explore more than just one of the somewhat barren and rugged islands.

CLIMATE

Cape Verde has a warm, dry climate, with average annual temperatures that range from 68 °F (20 °C) to 77 °F (25 °C). A continual shortage of rain makes most of the land too dry to support plant life.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Praia
POPULATION: 426,998
LANGUAGE: Portuguese, Crioulo
CURRENCY: Cape Verde Escudo
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +238
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -2