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Cheap Flights to Cape Verde

Cape Verde, also known as Cabo Verde and officially Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean. The country comprises an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands 570km off the coast of Western Africa, west of Senegal. Taking advantage of its diverse landscape and rich culture, as well as its warm climate all year round, Cape Verde’s economy relies heavily on tourism and foreign investment. Its capital and largest city is Praia.

What to see & do

The archipelago of Cape Verde is formed by 10 main islands: Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Santa Luzia, Sao Nicolau, Sal, Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago Island, Fogo, and Brava. Due to the remoteness and isolation of the country, many of the animal species found here are endemic and are also endangered. Cape Verde is an important breeding area for seabirds such as the Cape Verde Shearwater. Other interesting endemic bird species in Cape Verde include Alexander’s Swift, Bourne’s Heron, the Raso Lark, the Cape Verde Warbler, and the Iago Sparrow; nature lovers and birdwatchers will surely have a field day while touring around the country.

The smallest island, Brava, is a wonderful paradise where its misty forests house many unique and beautiful floras. The volcano island Fogo is another must-visit place for its interesting landscape created by the Pico de Fogo volcano.

The increase of tourism in Cape Verde led to the establishment of large hotels where visitors can stay. The largest hotel in West Africa is Club Hotel Riu Funana/Garopa in Sal, which has 1,000 rooms. All in all, Cape Verde has 222 tourist facilities such as hotels, pensions, and residential units – anywhere you are in the archipelago, there will be an accommodation that will suit your needs.

How to get around within Cape Verde

When going island-hopping in Cape Verde, there are ferry services between the islands as well as regular inter-island flights from TACV Cabo Verde Airlines. When going around the cities, on the other hand, metered taxis are the common mode of transportation. Aluguers (open-back pickup trucks with bench seats or 15-passenger Toyota vans) travel around more rural destinations.

How to get there

Cape Verde has four international airports that connect the country to Europe, Africa, and the Americas: Amilcar Cabral Internationl Airport in Sal, Nelson Mandela International Airport in Santiago Island, Aristides Pereira International Airport in Boa Vista, and Cesaria Evora Airport in Sao Vicente. Flights from Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Oporto are operated by TACV. There are also flights from Amsterdam to Sal via Transvia, and flights from Paris to Sal and Boa Vista. Jetairfly offers cheap flights from Brussels to Sal and Boa Vista; TUIfly from various German cities and Basel to Sal and Boa Vista; and Binter Canarias from Gran Canaria, Spain to Praia. There are also various airlines that fly from England, Boston, and Fortaleza (Brazil) to Cape Verde. Meanwhile, TACV Cabo Verde Airlines, and Royal Air Maroc fly from Casablanca to Cape Verde.

Another way to get into Cape Verde is by boat; however, they are infrequent and expensive. Mindelo on Sao Vicente is the main port for cruise liners as well as the terminus for the ferry service to Santo Antao.

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