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19 facts everyone should know about the Cape Verde islands

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Interested in visiting one of the Cape Verde islands? But want to know more about these ten islands, off the coast of West Africa. Here at Holiday Hypermarket we’ve compiled a list of fun, interesting and need to know facts all about Cape Verde.

  1. Cape Verde is named after Cap Vert, which means Green Cape in Senegal, which is the western most point in Africa
  2. The islands are divided into two sections, the Barlavento islands that are windward and the Sotavento islands on the leeward side. Bonus fact – Windward means the upwind from the point of reference and Leeward is the direction downwind of the point of reference
  3. The natural winds on the clear sea waters make Cape Verde one of the best spots for windsurfing, diving and kite surfing
  4. The islands are the 3rd largest nesting site for the endangered Loggerhead turtles. The beaches of Boa Vista and Santa Maria, give you the rare opportunity to see these animals in the wild
  5. Charles Darwin studied flora and fauna in Cape Verde in 1832
  6. The highest point is Mount Fogo, which is an active volcano, its highest peak is 2,829 meters above sea level
  7. The currency used in Cape Verde is the Escudo – it is illegal to bring escudos in or out of Cape Verde
  8. The language spoken is in Cape Verde is Portuguese, as the islands were a Portuguese colony from 1462-1975
  9. The capital of Cape Verde is Praia
  10. The country has 1,1557 square miles of land
  11. The flight time for Cape Verde holidays from the UK is approximately 6 hours 15 minutes
  12. The time difference is GMT – 1 hour
  13. You need a visa to visit Cape Verde – you’ll need to apply for this at least one week before you travel. For the most up to date visa information visit
  14. Did you know that there is one goat for every two people on the islands?
  15. Temperatures rarely drop from the mid-twenties, with the winter months averaging 23°C and the summer months reaching around 27°C
  16. Although the salt mines have long gone at Sal, the saltpans remain and are great for bathing in. Due to their buoyancy, you can float on the surface
  17. There are no mosquito’s in Cape Verde
  18. Espargos, Sal’s capital city mean ‘asparagus’ in Portuguese. This refers to the wild vegetable asparagus stalks, that grow in sandy areas around the island
  19. The only golf course can be found on the island of Sao Vicente


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