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4 Things to do in Cape Verde

Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, can be found off the northwest coast of Africa in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. This gorgeous group of ten islands have verdant valleys, incredible beaches, fascinating Creole Portuguese-African culture, steep mountains and so much to offer visitors. Here are 5 things you should do during a visit to Cape Verde…


Explore the culture

No matter which of the ten islands you choose to visit, you’ll be confronted with the melting pot of cultures that typifies Cape Verde. The island nation was originally discovered by Portuguese mariners in 1456, and was under Portuguese rule until it finally became independent in 1975.

Within Cape Verde, visitors will see Portuguese, African, Brazilian and Creole influences. These can be found in the language, music, fashion and, of course, the food. You’ll also experience the famous morabeza – the Creole word for hospitality – and you might just find you don’t want to come home!


Get away from it all on Sal

Sal is the best of the islands if your aim is simply to switch off and get away from it all. This small island is mostly surrounded by picture-perfect white sandy beaches, some of the very best in Cape Verde. If relaxing in the sun is your thing, Sal’s beaches and calm, turquoise waters will not disappoint.

There are also a number of superb accommodation options on Sal, as it is the island that attracts most tourists. Hotel Oasis Salinas Sea, Riu Palace Cabo Verde and ClubHotel Riu Funana are some of the most popular hotels, although there are many different villa rental options too.


Listen to live music

Live music is a large part of the culture in Cape Verde, so visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to head to a bar and enjoy it for themselves. There is a wide variety of musical styles on the island and traditional local music includes morna, funana and coladeira. You won’t have to look far to find live music on any of Cape Verde’s islands – most bars have live music several nights a week.


Get active

If your perfect holiday involves being active Cape Verde won’t disappoint. Much of the waters around the islands within the archipelago are ideal for watersports such as surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and more. Sea fishing is another popular activity in the abundant waters surrounding the islands of Cape Verde.

Those who enjoy hiking will find plenty of opportunity to do so on these rocky, mountainous islands, with heights ranging from 390metres to 2,800metres. The islands of Santo Antâo and Santiago are the best for walking and hiking, with landscapes that will take your breath away as you make your way through them on foot.


Cape Verde is one of the most popular destinations that Chapman Freeborn charter private jets to and from. If you wish to enquire about private jet charter to Cape Verde use the contact form on our website to get in touch and we’ll provide you with a personalised quote for your needs.