Cheap flights to Cape Verde depart from London Gatwick Airport and Manchester Airport. UK citizens will need to get a visa before entering Cape Verde. Check with the Cape Verde Bureau in Liverpool for more information. Most flights to Cape Verde will arrive at Amilcar Cabral International Airport. Private and shared taxis (aluguer) are available outside the terminal building. Some flights to Cape Verde may arrive at Aristides Pereira Airport. Taxis can be hired outside the terminal building.
Metered taxis can be easily flagged down in the cities. Aluguers are shared taxis, and are the main choice of transport around Cape Verde. Most aluguers are lorries or large vans, and provide services to smaller towns and rural destinations. Fares are relatively inexpensive, but they do not run on fixed timetables so may take a longer time to arrive at the destination. TACV Cabo Verde operates local flights between the various islands. Check the website for routes and prices. Moura Company and STM Line are a couple of companies that provide ferry and catamaran services between the islands. Tickets can be purchased through their respective booking offices.
Explore the old capital of Cidada Velha, a World Heritage listed site. The pelourinho, or pillory, stands in the town square as witness to the city’s past. See the ruins of Sao Felipe fort, destroyed in 1712 by French pirates. Visit the island of Fogo and climb up the lush slopes of the Pico do Fogo, an active volcanic and the highest peak in Cape Verde. Discover the town of Cha das Calderias, perched precariously within volcano’s crater. The town of Sao Felipe, also on Fogo, boasts picturesque architecture and a lovely black sand beach. Get a ferry to Santo Antao to discover the island’s unspoilt landscape.
Santa Maria has a range of shops selling colourful resort wear, carved wood masks and even paintings by local artists. Villagers in Cha das Calderias may provide homecooked meals to visitors. Enjoy a cup of coffee or homemade Manecon wine, all from plants grown on the caldera’s lush volcanic soil. The Pousada Pedro Brabo B&B has a small restaurant serving traditional Portuguese-influenced dishes. Head to the Cooperativa to listen to traditional Cape Verdean music and enjoy a dance with the locals. Mindelo is a bustling town with a large concentration of musicians and artists. Head to a café and drink a glass of grogue while listening to the atmospheric local morna music.