Cape Verde cruises

Highlights

Cape Verde has been influenced by African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures and this is reflected in the architecture, food, fashion and music. Music is a huge part of life here and you will notice the soft beat of a song everywhere you go.

Cape Verde hosts many festivals and carnivals where the rhythm of the islands is displayed in all its glory. Singing, dancing, music and good food all bring Cape Verdeans together and visitors are encouraged to join the celebrations.

The country’s main attraction is its beautiful beaches where you can relax on the sands and soak up the sun. If you are feeling adventurous, there are plenty of watersports to keep you entertained too.

To get a feel for the city’s culture, you can explore Mindelo’s African markets such as the vibrant Municipal Market where you will also find gifts and souvenirs. Or take a trip to the city’s Cultural Centre to see paintings by local artists.

Nature lovers can arrange to see turtles nesting and the tiny hatchlings being released into the sea. During March and April you may be lucky enough to spot humpback whales making a splash in the ocean. If you are feeling more adventurous, step aboard a smaller boat and try your hand at sea fishing where you can expect to catch moray eels, sea bream and parrot fish.

Location

When you cruise to Cape Verde you will have the chance to try the hearty, flavoursome meals. Cachupa is the country’s national dish and is a tasty stew enjoyed at any time of the day. Thick soups, stews and exotic fruits are all on the menu. You will also find Portuguese-inspired dishes and plenty of fresh seafood. Manecome is the local wine and Aguardiente is a sweet rum often enjoyed after meals.

Climate

Cape Verde’s tropical climate makes it an ideal year-round destination. The flat islands located in the Atlantic Ocean ensure there is always a pleasant breeze which keeps humidity low and temperatures at around a perfect 27°C. 

Useful information

The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese but it is likely you will also hear Cape Verdean Creole spoken by locals. The Cape Verdean Escudo is the currency and ATMs can be found on the island. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in large establishments but it is best to have cash for smaller shops, restaurants and markets.

Ports we visit in Cape Verde