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Cape Verde the archipelago, known by its capital Boavista Cabo Verde in the tropics. Being the 3rd largest in Cape Verde Islands, the island of Boavista is about 620 km², 30 km in the north-south direction and 29 km wide, is almost round and mostly deserted, presenting a vast territory with breathtaking views, points of interest with tourist attractions, white and crystalline beaches, calm ocean, favourable climate and a quiet population living in a serene and peaceful way, away from the stress. In addition to the blue sky, fresh and clean air, tropical landscapes and paradisiacal beaches, the island has conditions for carrying out various sports activities (see the sports page), it also offers conditions for its exploration in organised and safe excursions, if you want something less “radical”, choose one of the lush beaches, Beach Clubs or resorts on the island to be able to spend relaxing days.
From 1 January 2019, if you have a British Citizen passport you can enter Cape Verde as a visitor for stays of up to 30 days without a visa.
In place of a visa, before travelling you should register with the Cape Verde authorities on the EASE website and, if arriving by air, pay a new Airport Security Tax (TSA) of 3,400 escudos (approximately £30). This does not apply to visitors under 2 years of age or those who are normally resident in Cape Verde. Check with your tour operator or airline what arrangements are in place for your booking, as some tour operators and airlines may complete this on your behalf and have specific registration requirements. You can find more information on the pre-registration process and TSA in this information leaflet.
Stay up to date with visa requirements from the FCO.
|Languages spoken||English, Portuguese, Creole, French|
|Currency used||Cape Verde Escudo (Esc)|
|Area (km2)||4,033 km²|
|Country name||Cabo Verde, Cape Verde|
|Sports & nature|
BoaVista is a paradise for surfers from all over the world. Kite-surfing, Windsurfing, Snorkelling, diving, swimming, deep-sea fishing, are just some of the sports that are practiced every year by thousands of tourists and local citizens. Beginner classes are available at several professional schools and hotels. Some professional fishermen rent their own boats for trips on the high seas in search of abundant “memorable fishing”.
Nightlife in Cape Verde is awesome for when you want a little more from the day into the night, things move to the sounds of 'morna', a beautiful form of folk music that fully captures the locals rich history infused with African and Portuguese cultural influences. In taverns across the islands people gather after dark to hear the mournful sounds of singers accompanied by guitars, violins and pianos. More joyful melodies come from the islands' other genres of 'funaná', 'batuque' and 'coladeira', all of which liven up a nightlife scene that lives and breathes music and tradition.
When Portuguese mariners discovered Cape Verde in 1456, the islands were uninhabited but fertile enough to attract the first group of settlers six years later. They founded Ribeira Grande (now Cidade Velha), the first European town in the tropics, on the island São Vicente. To work the land, settlers almost immediately began to import slaves from the West African coast. Plans by Genoese investors to create large sugar plantations never paid off, especially after the Caribbean proved so productive. However, the islands’ remote yet strategic position made them a perfect clearinghouse and victualling station for the transatlantic slave trade.