15 days in Cape Verde Itinerary

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Ilha do Sal
— 4 nights
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Boa Vista
— 2 nights
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Praia, Santiago
— 3 nights
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Mindelo, Sao Vicente
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santo Antao
— 3 nights
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Ilha do Sal — 4 nights

Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eco Dive School Cabo Verde and C-Riders. You'll get in some beach time at Pedra de Lume Beach and Ponta Preta. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Maria, contemplate the waterfront views at Buracona, don't miss a visit to Salinas de Pedra de Lume, and stroll through Projeto Biodiversidade.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ilha do Sal holiday maker site.

Milan, Italy to Ilha do Sal is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Cape Verde Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Milan in December, things will get much warmer in Ilha do Sal: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Boa Vista.
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Boa Vista — 2 nights

Island of the Dunes

Sprinkled with sand dunes and pristine, sweeping beaches where turtles nest, the island of Boa Vista has been attracting more and more visitors looking to explore its remote trails and picturesque shore.
On the 29th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, then see some colorful creatures with ScubaCaribe, then stroll through Praia de Santa Mónica, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Deserto de Viana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at Cabo Santa Maria, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Chaves, and then stroll through Spiaggia Di Curralinho.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Boa Vista holiday maker.

You can fly from Ilha do Sal to Boa Vista in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Boa Vista can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Praia.
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Praia, Santiago — 3 nights

The capital and largest city of Cabo Verde, Praia represents one of the most renowned commercial centers in Africa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Atlanticus Diving - Santiago Cabo Verde and Rue Banana. Relax by the water at Tarrafal Beach and Prainha Beach. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Serra de Malagueta, get to know the fascinating history of Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quebra Canela Beach, and steep yourself in history at Pelourinho.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Praia trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Boa Vista to Praia takes 3 hours. December in Praia sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mindelo.
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Mindelo, Sao Vicente — 2 nights

Situated on the northern tip of Sao Vicente island, the lively port town of Mindelo envelops crescent-shaped Porto Grande Bay and houses almost all of the island's population.
On the 3rd (Tue), look for gifts at Capvertdesign+Artesanato, enjoy the sand and surf at Sao Pedro Beach, and then kick back and relax at Praia da Laginha. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Verde, then take an exotic tour of Cabo Verde Safari, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mindelo holiday builder.

Getting from Praia to Mindelo by flight takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mindelo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Santo Antao.
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Santo Antao — 3 nights

Island of the Mountains

The second-largest island in Cape Verde and the westernmost of Africa, Santo Antao offers dizzying sights of highlands ruptured with canyons, valleys, and gorges.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Cova - Krater and then discover the deep blue sea with Santo Antao Scuba Diving. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Arlindo Trek.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santo Antao sightseeing website.

You can ride a ferry from Mindelo to Santo Antao in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Santo Antao can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.
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Cape Verde travel guide

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The main islands of Cape Verde each offer something different, both in terms of natural wonders and cultural heritage. Descendants of Portuguese colonialists and African slaves, the locals mainly speak Creole and blend influences from Europe and Africa in their cuisine, music, and architecture. The largely unspoiled natural landscape includes mountain peaks, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, and wildflower-filled valleys. With the country experiencing a dry tropical climate, holidays in Cape Verde lend themselves to a range outdoor sports and activities, including windsurfing and lazing on a beach, hill walking, and diving.
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