BEST TIME TO VISIT CAPE VERDE
There is nothing better than finishing off a walking vacation in Cape Verde with Carnival on Sao Vicente in February. Winter blues into winter bliss.
Given that they are 500km off the West African coast, these islands really do have their own climate. And a blissful one it is too. Warm and sunny all year round, temperatures are between 24-30°C all year round, peaking in September. It does rain July-Oct but in a tropical, heavy downpour sort of way, with the sun bursting out afterwards and the sea still invitingly warm. Although walking paths can be affected, the islands become a lot greener during this time. The Tempo das Brisas, or windy season, is between Oct-mid July, perfect for surfers.
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Things to do in Cape Verde
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Cape Verde travel advice
Emily Lockwood from our leading Cape Verde vacations supplier, New Experience Vacations:
“Whilst all of the Cape Verdean Islands are extraordinarily beautiful and naturally built for fantastic walking, each island has a unique atmosphere. Santiago is extremely mountainous with hardly any flat land and its highest peak is 1,400m. Fogo is the most geologically dramatic, not only of these islands but of any worldwide. It is dominated by a caldera, a partially collapsed giant volcano in which sits the relatively new volcano of Pico, the highest peak in Cape Verde. São Vicente is the smallest island we visit. Its beautiful harbour was a major coaling station for British Vessels en route to all parts of its empire. Santo Antão is probably the most famous island due to its spectacular landscape of jagged peaks, deep valleys and banana plantations. Its coastline is no less dramatic and offers one of the best coastal walking experiences.”
When to go to cape verde
When to go to Cape Verde
“Our personal favourite time of year to visit these beautiful islands is between October and December after the rainy season when the islands are at their greenest. October also happily coincides with turtle watching season!”
More about Cape Verde
Our Cape Verde travel guide to this stunning tropical archipelago, 500km off the west coast of Senegal, tries to capture this otherworldly utopia.
Cape Verde culture is built on music, storytelling and food – the only ways enslaved people transported here could express themselves under Portuguese rule.
Most people go on a Cape Verde walking vacation to experience the diverse and dramatic landscapes of this West African archipelago.
You’ll meet female farmers and join them in empowerment workshops, buy food from their farm shops and hike in the valleys they grew up in.