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Springing up from the Atlantic about 300 miles from the West African mainland, Cape Verde’s islands are a unique mix of magical mountains, beautiful beaches and sleepy seaside villages.
With a deserved reputation for hospitality, it’s easy to see why this archipelago has become a real tourism hotspot in recent years.
When to book flights to Cape Verde
There’s seldom a day when the sun doesn’t shine in Cape Verde. With the average temperatures lingering between 25˚C and 30˚C it’s more or less the perfect mix of sun and comfort. The best time to book flights depends on if you want to avoid the peak tourism season or the annual rains.
The spring is dry and warm, with most of the rain coming in the late autumn months of November and December. The easy access to Cape Verde from Europe means it tends to follow the traditional tourism season patterns, with flights booking up quicker in the summer season and around Christmas. But, if you can be more flexible about when you travel, the year round sunshine and pleasant climate means you can get good deals on both flights and accommodation at other times of the year.
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There are regular departures to several destinations, with London to Cape Verde flight time details below.
There are also connecting flights available from several other UK destinations, including Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. The flight time to Cape Verde from Manchester and other UK airports will be slightly longer than London departures.
Every major island in the archipelago, except Brava, has a domestic airport and in recent years a number of them have started to offer international flights.
Praia airport, which opened back in 2005 for international arrivals and departures, is perhaps the main airport catering for flights between the islands, with Sal being the main tourist hub. Among the new international airports is Sao Pedro on the island of Sao Vicente.
Direct and indirect flights to Cape Verde are available from a number of different carriers.
Getting around Cape Verde can be fun and frustrating in equal measure. Departures rarely run to any strict timetable and, due to weather conditions, boats and internal flights can be cancelled at the last minute. But, if you’re prepared for this, travel between the islands can be very exciting.
There are ferry services between the islands, which is the cheapest and most scenic option. If you’re feeling particularly luxurious, you can even rent your own private yacht.
Travelling on individual islands you’ll find modern and metered taxis in most of the major towns, as well as the more ramshackle shared taxis, which wait until they’ve collected enough people before departing.
If you’re planning on flying between the islands, TACV Cabo Verde runs regular flights.
Visit the volcano Pico do Fogo, hiking around its steep slopes for stunning views of the island below. There’s more great hiking and nature at the Monte Verde park.
If being horizontal is more your thing, then kick back and relax on the beautiful beaches at Laginha or Praia de Santa Monica.
With 10 main islands to explore, including Sao Vicente, Santo Antao and Maio, each has something a little different to offer. Sal boasts some of the best beaches, Boa Vista is known for great scuba diving and Santiago is where you’ll find the capital, Praia.
Cape Verde is regarded as a very safe tourist destination, with a stable democracy and relatively high standards of living.
You will need a visa to travel to Cape Verde which it is best to arrange before you travel. It is technically possible to obtain it on arrival, but some travellers have reported difficulties.
It’s also worth checking if you need any vaccinations – including yellow fever – before you book Cape Verde flights from UK airports.