12 days in Cape Verde Itinerary

12 days in Cape Verde Itinerary

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Ilha do Sal
— 6 nights
Praia, Santiago
— 2 nights
Boa Vista
— 3 nights


Ilha do Sal

— 6 nights
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Ilha do Sal is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Buracona, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Cabo Verde: Pure yoga, make a trip to Salinas de Pedra de Lume, and look for gifts at Djunta Mo Art.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ilha do Sal trip itinerary builder app.

Athens, Greece to Ilha do Sal is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Cape Verde Standard Time (CVT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Athens in January, expect Ilha do Sal to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Praia.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Praia, Santiago

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city of Cabo Verde, Praia represents one of the most renowned commercial centers in Africa.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, then get to know the fascinating history of Rue Banana, then visit a coastal fixture at Farol de D. Maria Pia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Quebra Canela Beach. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Real de San Felipe, and then discover the deep blue sea with Atlanticus Diving - Santiago Cabo Verde.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Praia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ilha do Sal to Praia takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Boa Vista.

Things to do in Praia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Boa Vista

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stop by Un click per un Sorriso - The Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Chaves, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Mónica, and finally admire nature's extreme beauty at Deserto de Viana. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Boa Vista trip site.

You can fly from Praia to Boa Vista in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Boa Vista can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Boa Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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Cape Verde travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.