Jet off to the alluring Cape Verde islands for a wallet friendly price
With average flight times from the UK a comfortable five and a half hours, it’s less time on the plane and more time on the beach, ensuring you get the most from your cheap Cape Verde break.
Located off the coast of West Africa, the Cape Verde Islands enjoy a warm climate and due to their volcanic origins display intriguing and diverse landscapes.
The hottest month on the islands is August, when you can expect average temperatures of around 27°C. With January, the coldest month, still sizzling at around 23°C holidays are possible throughout the year. In fact, many prefer the cooler temperatures for vigorous pursuits and sightseeing.
Active travellers will find plenty to do here, as the mountain ranges and picturesque scenery provide ever-changing vistas for nature walks and spectacular hikes. The islands each have their own charm, with Boa Vista boasting a breathtaking 55 kilometres of coastline, shallow waters for bathing and plenty of watersports to enjoy.
The island is also a nesting spot for the endangered loggerhead turtles, with numerous companies selling trips at competitive prices for the chance to view them in their natural setting. It’s worth researching to find the best price and making sure the company is sensitive to the delicate nature of the species and their habitat.
Sal has superb beaches too, as well as areas of natural beauty and a smattering of pastel coloured buildings providing a glimpse of authentic island charm.
Its year-round sunshine and strong winds provide ideal conditions for windsurfing, while the Viveiro Botanical Gardens in Santa Maria are top of the island’s attractions, housing over 100 plant species and a family-friendly petting zoo.
Cheap days out in the Cape Verde
Many of the things to do in the Cape Verde Islands won’t cost a penny. The beaches provide endless possibilities for relaxation and swimming, while Sal Rei – Boa Vista’s main town – is dotted with pretty churches, colonial buildings and a plaza where colourful local arts and crafts are sold.
Natural treasures abound on Sal island too, where the desert plays host to flat terrain and mirages such as the one at Terra Boa where the optical illusion looks like a shimmering lake.
The extinct volcano at Pedra de Lume is another must-see – visitors can float in the saltwater-filled crater for an unusual weightless experience. And to see one of Cape Verde’s few caves, head to The Blue Eye Cave at Olho Azul’s Buracona lagoon.
For cheap and authentic cuisine take a trip to the port areas where vendors sell dishes that reflect the islands Portuguese, African and European influences.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
If the Cape Verde Islands sound good but you want to cover all bases, there are plenty more options for cheap breaks abroad.
Greece is great for an inviting mix of sightseeing and sunbathing. Spain and it’s sun soaked Costas have modern resorts and superb beaches at purse pleasing prices, while holidays to the Dominican Republic represent a Caribbean getaway at prices that won’t break the bank.
But, if the Cape Verde islands are calling you, check out our travel guide to find out more. Here are a few cheap hotel options to kick start your planning.
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For a delightfully authentic hotel with great views, the Odjo D'agua Hotel is hard to beat. With simple yet comfortable rooms and quaint interiors, guests can expect a memorable stay. Ideally located, there's a pretty pool, the beach is just a few steps away and the centre of Santa Maria within easy reach. Two restaurants serve a selection of local dishes and fresh seafood, plus there's a weekly beachside barbecue and regular evening entertainment includes live music.