Cape Verde has a range of accommodation. On Sal and Boa Vista are luxury resorts, guesthouses and everything in between. On the other islands the accommodation is simpler.
The capital of Cape Verde is Praia, on the island Santiago.
Especially the Carnival in Mindelo is famous for its exuberance. Carnival 2017 wil be: 26th February. The parties and parades begin several weeks before the official carnival.
Cape Verde was one of the poorest countries in the world. but by the growing tourism economy grew by 8 to 10 percent annually in recent years.
Cape Verde ha s voltage of 220 V (50 Hertz). European plugs with 2 pins can be used.
The name Cape Verde comes from the location of the islands: Green Cape, the westernmost point of the African continent near Senegal.
Cape Verde is divided into 2 geographic regions: the Northern Island Group an the Southern Island Group.
The tap water is not drinkable in Cape Verde. Use suncreen with a high factor. The level of helath care is significantly lower than in Europe. Protect yourself against mosquitoes; Malaria is rarely, but there is dengue fever and even the first cases of Zika virus actually. Vaccinationas are not required. Recommendable are vaccinations against typhoid, DTP and hepatitis A.
Most hotels in Cape Verde has wifi, often paid. In most places there is free wifi araound the main square.
Portuguese is the official languagel in Cape Verde. The other language is Crioulo (Cape Verdean Creole).
Cape Verde has the Cape Verdean escudo (CVE), this is indicated with a dollar sign behind the amount. On Sal and Boa Vista they also eccept the euro. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere in Cape Verde.
From the UK dialling Sal looks like this --00238-- international code for SAL then 997 3499, (it looks like this in Cape Verde).
A tip of 5 to 10 % of the bill is common in restaurants, for excursion staff and other personal services. Tipping is not customary for taxi drivers in Cape Verde.
Cape Verde requires a visa, which is valid for 30 days. Most travel agencies arrange this for you, you'll receive a stamp in your passport on arrival. Your passport must be valid for 6 months upon arrival in Cape Verde.
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