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Cape Verde Vacation

My itinerary and travel tips to the islands of Santiago and Maio Cape Verde.

by aliceAbout Me:I am Alice, I am 29 years old and I am French. I was born in Normandy, in Caen. I work in the marketing and communication sector in Paris and I am currently traveling in South America for 6 months. read more

AfricaCape Verde14 days / October 2019

Highs & Lows

The landscapes and the kindness of the cape verdeans

Hot climate

Itinerary Overview

Cape Verde is an African archipelago which has ten islands: Santo Antao, Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Santa Luzia, Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago, Maio, Fogo and Brava. The official language is Portuguese (colonized until 1975) but most of the population speaks a Cape Verdean Creole.  

We decided for our Cape Verde vacation, to do only two islands because we had only two weeks on the spot (very short). We chose the island of Santiago (arrival and departure with Praia airport) and a small island with very little tourism, Maio, our favorite. We went to Cape Verde to discover the African culture, the colorful landscapes and the paradisiacal beaches. We spent one week on each island. The island of Santiago is the most famous and the biggest of the islands: lively, colorful and rich of history, especially with the slave trade.

The island of Maio is much smaller, much less touristic and it is this island that will remain engraved in our memories. 

  • 7 Nights: Tarrafal
  • 7 Nights: Maio

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    more time on site to visit another island

  • How was the food?

    do not eat in tourist places but rather in hidden places or in markets

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Go to non-touristy places to make the most of the beautiful beaches

  • Packing tips?

    a backpack, sneakers and a swimsuit

  • Transportation Tips?

    look in advance at the schedules and departures for the island of Maio, even if it is not 100% reliable

  • Any surprises?

    Very poor country ! It's hard to see children without food

  • Booking details?

    Airbnb direct