5-Day Solo Culinary and Shopping Experience in Cape Verde

Cape Verde

5 days

Pier and boats on turquoise water in city of Santa Maria, Sal
Beaches of Cape Verde
Tarrafal beach in Santiago island
Pico do Fogo and vines in Cha das Caldeiras
Santo Antao island

About Cape Verde

Discover the enchanting islands of Cape Verde, a hidden gem off the coast of West Africa. Known for its diverse landscapes, Cape Verde offers a unique blend of stunning beaches, vibrant towns, and rugged mountains. Explore the cultural capital, Praia, with its bustling markets and colonial architecture. Enjoy water sports in Sal, hike through the lush vegetation in Santo Antao, or relax on the pristine beaches of Boa Vista. Cape Verde's rich Creole culture, influenced by African, Portuguese, and Brazilian traditions, is reflected in its music, food, and friendly locals. With year-round sunshine, Cape Verde is an ideal destination for both relaxation and adventure. Whether you're a nature lover, culture enthusiast, or beach bum, Cape Verde promises an unforgettable travel experience.

5-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Exploring the Capital City of Praia


Start your day by exploring the vibrant local markets of Praia. Here, you can find a variety of fresh produce, local crafts, and traditional Cape Verdean products.


Enjoy a traditional Cape Verdean lunch. Try the national dish, Cachupa, a hearty stew made with corn, beans, and meat or fish.


Visit the historical quarter of Plateau, where you can admire colonial architecture and visit the Presidential Palace.


Indulge in a seafood dinner. Cape Verde is known for its fresh fish and seafood dishes, particularly tuna and lobster.


Enjoy a glass of local wine while listening to live traditional music, such as morna or funaná.


Start your day in Santa Maria, a town known for its beautiful beaches. Take a leisurely stroll along the white sandy beach.


Have a light lunch at a beachside café, where you can enjoy the view of the turquoise waters.


Take a guided tour of a local rum distillery and learn about the process of making grogue, a local rum made from sugarcane.


Enjoy a dinner of grilled fish, a popular dish in Santa Maria. Pair it with a glass of local wine.


Visit a local music venue and enjoy a live performance of Cape Verdean music.


Visit the town of Mindelo, known for its vibrant arts scene. Explore the local art galleries and Craft shops.


Try a traditional Cape Verdean lunch in Mindelo. Sample dishes like feijoada, a bean stew with pork, and pastel com diablo dentro, a spicy pastry.


Take a tour of the Porto Grande Bay, a natural harbor with stunning views. Don't forget to visit the replica of the Torre de Belém, a famous monument in Lisbon.


Enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood in Mindelo. Try dishes like lagosta suada, a lobster dish, or polvo a moda de Mindelo, an octopus dish.


End your day with a visit to a local music venue for some live Cape Verdean music.


Start your day in Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the historical sites, including the ruins of the cathedral and the Fort.


Enjoy a traditional Cape Verdean lunch in Cidade Velha. Try dishes like xerém, a cornmeal dish, and bife com ovo a cavalo, a steak and egg dish.


Visit the local markets in Cidade Velha, where you can find traditional crafts and local produce.


Have a dinner of traditional Cape Verdean dishes in Cidade Velha. Try dishes like gufongo, a banana and fish dish, and cabritada, a goat stew.


End your day with a glass of local wine and some live traditional music.


Spend your last day in Tarrafal, a town known for its beautiful beach. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach and enjoy the view.


Have a beachside lunch in Tarrafal. Try dishes like peixe grelhado, grilled fish, and arroz de marisco, a seafood rice dish.


Visit the local markets in Tarrafal, where you can find traditional crafts and local produce.


Enjoy your last dinner in Cape Verde with a feast of traditional dishes. Try dishes like cachupa rica, a hearty stew, and pudim de queijo, a cheese pudding.


End your trip with a visit to a local music venue for some live Cape Verdean music.

Attractions in Itinerary (9)



The historic center of the capital city, known for its colonial-era architecture and vibrant market.

Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace is a colonial-era building that serves as the official residence of the President of Cape Verde.


Craft shops

Craft shops offer a variety of locally made products, perfect for souvenirs.

Cultural Experiences
Porto Grande Bay

Porto Grande Bay

Porto Grande Bay is a beautiful bay with stunning views and a popular spot for water activities.

Cidade Velha

Cidade Velha

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cidade Velha is the oldest settlement in Cape Verde and is rich in history and culture.

Cultural Experiences


Historic fort offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Cathedral ruins

Cathedral ruins

The ruins of an old cathedral, a testament to the history and religious heritage of Cape Verde.

Religious Sites
Santa Maria Beach

Santa Maria Beach

A beautiful white sand beach known for its clear waters and water sports activities.

Torre de Belém replica

Torre de Belém replica

A replica of the famous Torre de Belém in Lisbon, this monument is a symbol of the historical ties between Cape Verde and Portugal.


Local Food and Drinks (12)



Cachupa is the national dish of Cape Verde, a hearty stew made with corn, beans, and various kinds of meat.

Pastel com diabo dentro

Pastel com diabo dentro

Pastel com diabo dentro, or 'pastry with a devil inside', is a popular Cape Verdean snack. It's a spicy tuna pastry that's perfect for a quick bite.



Grogue is a strong alcoholic drink made from sugarcane, similar to rum. It's a traditional Cape Verdean drink, often enjoyed in social settings.


Buzio is a dish made from large sea snails, a common delicacy in Cape Verde. The snails are boiled and served with a spicy sauce.



Percebes, or goose barnacles, are a unique seafood delicacy in Cape Verde. They're harvested from the rocky coastline and are often served boiled.

Jagacida (Jag)

Jagacida, also known as 'Jag', is a popular Cape Verdean dish. It's a bean and rice dish, often cooked with meat or vegetables.


Morabeza is a local beer in Cape Verde. It's a light and refreshing lager, perfect for enjoying on a hot day.

Canja de Marisco

Canja de Marisco is a traditional Cape Verdean seafood soup. It's made with a variety of seafood, including fish, clams, and shrimp.

Polvo a Moda de Santiago

Polvo a Moda de Santiago is a traditional dish from the island of Santiago in Cape Verde. It's a hearty octopus stew, often served with rice.

Queijo de Cabra

Queijo de Cabra is a traditional Cape Verdean goat cheese. It's often served as part of a cheese platter or used in cooking.



Ponche is a traditional Cape Verdean drink, similar to a liqueur. It's made from grogue and infused with various flavors, such as coconut or fruit.

Tuna Steak

Tuna Steak is a popular dish in Cape Verde, given the abundance of fresh tuna in the surrounding waters. It's often grilled and served with a side of vegetables or rice.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Cape Verde is from November to June. During these months, the weather is warm and dry, making it perfect for beach activities and exploring the islands. The peak tourist season is between December and April, when the weather is at its best. However, if you prefer a quieter vacation, the months of May and June are less crowded.

National holidays

Here you can find the national calendar of all public holidays for the year. These dates are subject to change as official changes are announced, so check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday Name

January 1


New Year

January 13


Freedom and Democracy Day

January 20


National Heroes' Day

March 29


Good Friday

May 1


Labour Day

June 1


Children's Day

July 5


Independence Day

August 15


Assumption of Mary

November 1


All Saints' Day

December 25


Christmas Day

Please note that during national and public holidays, opening hours for establishments, museums, etc. may vary. Don't forget to check in advance!

How to get around

Cape Verde's national airline, TACV, operates between the islands. There are also international flights from Europe, Africa, and the Americas to the Amílcar Cabral International Airport on Sal Island and the Cesária Évora Airport on São Vicente Island.

Inter-island ferries are a popular way to travel between the islands of Cape Verde. The schedules can be irregular and are subject to weather conditions.

Taxis are readily available in the cities and larger towns. They are metered, but it's also common to agree on a fare before the journey. Taxis are a convenient way to travel short distances.

Aluguers, shared taxis or minibuses, are a common form of transport in Cape Verde. They operate on fixed routes and leave when they are full. They are a cheap and efficient way to get around, especially on the larger islands.

Renting a car is a good option if you want to explore the islands at your own pace. International and local car rental companies operate in Cape Verde. Remember to drive on the right side of the road.

Ridesharing services, such as Uber, are not currently available in Cape Verde.

Biking is a popular way to get around, especially on the flatter islands. Bike rental shops are available in the major towns.

Hiking is a great way to explore the mountainous islands of Cape Verde. There are many trails with stunning views. Always take plenty of water and sun protection.

Public buses operate in the larger towns and cities. They are a cheap way to get around, but can be crowded and do not always run on a regular schedule.

While we strive for accuracy in our "How to get around" section, the information may not always be up-to-date or 100% accurate; we highly recommend cross-checking with local resources before your travel.

Important information

Currency CVE

Time zoneUTC-1

Driving sideRight

Emergency phoneAmbulance: 130; Fire: 131; Police: 132

Drinking waterOpt for bottled water

Power sockets

Power socket type CPower socket type F

Voltage230 V

Things to know about Cape Verde as a first time visitor


Cape Verde's official language is Portuguese, but locals also speak Cape Verdean Creole.


The local currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE), and it's advisable to carry some cash as not all places accept credit cards.


Cape Verde has a tropical climate. The average temperature ranges from 77°F to 86°F (25°C to 30°C).


Cape Verde is one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-1).


Tap water is not safe to drink in Cape Verde, so it's recommended to drink bottled water.


Cape Verde's cuisine is a blend of African, Portuguese, and Brazilian influences. Be sure to try the national dish, Cachupa.


Cape Verde is a safe country, but like any other tourist destination, it's advisable to take precautions against petty theft.


Public transportation is limited in Cape Verde. Taxis and car rentals are the most common ways to get around.


Cape Verde has a strong musical culture. Morna, Funaná, and Batuque are popular music genres.


The country is made up of 10 islands, each with its unique charm and attractions.


Cape Verde has a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. It's common for things to run on 'Cape Verde time', which means things may not always start on time.


The country has a strong maritime culture. Fishing is a popular activity, and fresh seafood is a staple in the local diet.


Cape Verde has a strong Catholic influence, but there's also a blend of African and indigenous beliefs.


The country has a high level of literacy, with over 85% of the population being literate.


Cape Verde is a popular destination for water sports, including surfing, windsurfing, and diving.


The country has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, with several protected areas and national parks.


Cape Verde has a vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues.


The country has a diverse landscape, with beaches, mountains, and desert-like areas.


Cape Verde has a rich history of slavery and colonization, which is reflected in its architecture and cultural heritage.


The country has a strong sense of community, and locals are known for their hospitality and friendliness.

Basic Portuguese to know as a first time visitor

English phrase

Native phrase


When to use it




Greeting someone




Leaving or saying goodbye to someone


Por favor

Por fa-vor

When asking for something

Thank you



When someone helps you or gives you something




Agreeing with someone or answering a yes-no question




Disagreeing with someone or answering a yes-no question

Excuse me



Getting someone's attention or apologizing

I'm sorry




Do you speak English?

Você fala inglês?

Vo-seh fah-lah in-glesh?

When you want to find someone who speaks English

I don't understand

Eu não entendo

Eh-oo nown en-ten-doo

When you don't understand what someone is saying

Where is the bathroom?

Onde é o banheiro?

Onde eh o ban-he-ro?

When you need to find the bathroom

How much does it cost?

Quanto custa?

Kwan-toh coos-tah?

When you want to know the price of something

I would like...

Eu gostaria...

Eh-oo gohs-tah-ree-ah...

When you're ordering something or expressing a desire




When you're in danger or need assistance

Call the police!

Chame a polícia!

Sha-meh a po-lee-see-ah!

When you need to get the police

I'm lost

Estou perdido

Es-toh per-dee-doh

When you've lost your way

Can I use your phone?

Posso usar seu telefone?

Pos-soh oo-sar seu teh-leh-foh-neh?

When you need to use someone's phone

Good morning

Bom dia

Bom dee-ah

Greeting someone in the morning

Good afternoon

Boa tarde

Boa tar-deh

Greeting someone in the afternoon

Good night

Boa noite

Boa noy-teh

Greeting someone in the evening or before bed

Packing List

  • Clothing

  • Underwear (5 pairs)

  • Socks (5 pairs)

  • T-shirts (5)

  • Shorts (2 pairs)

  • Jeans/pants (1 pair)

  • Swimsuit

  • Pajamas

  • Lightweight jacket

  • Walking shoes

  • Sandals/flip-flops

  • Hat/cap for sun protection

  • Sunglasses

  • Beach cover-up

  • Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Body wash/soap

  • Deodorant

  • Razor and shaving cream

  • Sunscreen

  • After-sun lotion

  • Lip balm with SPF

  • Insect repellent

  • Prescription medications

  • First-aid kit

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Travel documents and essentials

  • Passport

  • Driver’s license/ID

  • Credit and debit cards

  • Cash and coins

  • Travel insurance documents

  • Hotel and/or car rental reservations

  • Emergency contacts and important addresses

  • Maps and guidebooks

  • Electronics and gadgets

  • Smartphone

  • Charger for smartphone

  • Power bank

  • Headphones/earbuds

  • Camera

  • Charger for camera

  • Memory card for camera

  • Travel adapter

  • Miscellaneous items

  • Snacks

  • Water bottle

  • Books or e-books

  • Travel pillow and blanket

  • Earplugs and eye mask

  • Beach bag

  • Beach towel

  • Reusable shopping bag

  • Umbrella

Weather Conditions

Cape Verde, an island country in the Atlantic Ocean, is known for its tropical climate. The weather is generally warm and dry throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for sun-seekers. The temperature in Cape Verde typically ranges from 70°F to 86°F (21°C to 30°C) throughout the year. It's important to note that the islands are quite windy, especially between November and March, due to the Harmattan wind. This can cause a significant drop in humidity, making the air feel cooler than it actually is. Therefore, it's advisable to pack a light jacket or sweater for the evenings during these months. The rainy season in Cape Verde is from August to October. However, rainfall is usually short and sporadic, so it's unlikely to disrupt your travel plans significantly. Still, it's a good idea to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket or umbrella during these months. Despite the occasional rain, the summer months (June to August) are the hottest and can be a great time to visit if you enjoy warmer temperatures. However, it's essential to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun during this period. Always carry a bottle of water with you and don't forget your sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. In contrast, the winter months (December to March) are cooler and drier, making it an ideal time for hiking and exploring the islands' landscapes. However, the sea can be a bit rough during this period, so it might not be the best time for water activities. Overall, Cape Verde's weather is relatively mild and pleasant throughout the year, making it a great destination for any season. Just remember to pack according to the season and your planned activities, and you'll have a fantastic time exploring this beautiful island country.

MonthHi / Lo (°C)Weather Overview


25° / 18°

January is a mild month in Cape Verde, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. It's a great time to visit if you prefer cooler weather.


25° / 18°

February continues the mild trend, with temperatures similar to January. It's ideal for tourists who want to avoid the heat.


27° / 19°

In March, temperatures start to rise slightly, making it a good time for beach activities. The weather is still comfortable, not too hot.


28° / 20°

April sees a further increase in temperature, with highs reaching 28 degrees Celsius. It's a perfect time for sunbathing and water sports.


29° / 21°

May is the start of the warmer months in Cape Verde, with temperatures ranging from 21 to 29 degrees Celsius. It's a great time for outdoor activities and exploring the islands.


30° / 22°

June is a hot month, with temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees Celsius. It's an excellent time for swimming and enjoying the beach.


32° / 24°

July is one of the hottest months in Cape Verde, with highs of 32 degrees Celsius. It's perfect for tourists who love the heat and want to spend time on the beach.


33° / 25°

August is the peak of summer in Cape Verde, with temperatures reaching up to 33 degrees Celsius. It's ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and other beach activities.


33° / 25°

September continues the hot trend, with temperatures similar to August. It's a great time to enjoy the beach and explore the islands.


32° / 24°

In October, temperatures start to decrease slightly, but it's still a warm month. It's a good time to visit if you prefer less intense heat.


30° / 22°

November sees a further decrease in temperature, making it a comfortable time to visit. The weather is ideal for exploring the islands and enjoying outdoor activities.


28° / 20°

December is a mild month in Cape Verde, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius. It's a great time to visit if you prefer cooler weather.

Did you know?

Did you know that Cape Verde, also known as Cabo Verde, is an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean?

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