Cape Verde is an archipelago off the northwestern coast of Africa. It’s been a hub for shipping since its colonization by Portuguese sailors in the 15th century and a hub for air travel ever since transatlantic service began regularly in the 1930s. The largest airport in Cape Verde is Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI), which serves nearly 10 million people annually. There is a smattering of smaller airports in Cape Verde, both on the main island of Santiago and the outlying islands. If you don't mind multiple stopovers, sometimes with a day or two between connecting flights, you can get cheap flights to Cape Verde if you're willing to do a little detective work. If you happen to fly in at night, you can spy the welcoming beacon of the Farol de D. Maria Pia lighthouse, which was named for the last of the Portuguese queens.
Flights to Cape Verde
After arriving on flights to Cape Verde, you’ll discover that getting around Santiago is quite inexpensive. Taxis, for example, can be had for normal-length rides for as little as $1. If you want the cab driver to go with you to several destinations over the course of an hour, it could be $10. If you have to travel the entire length of the island, it could be as much as $70 - $80. These low prices result from the favorable exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and Cape Verde escudo.
Nelson Mandela International Airport is where a lot of cheap flights to Cape Verde arrive, and it received an overhaul in 2005 after being renamed. Previously, it was called Francisco Mendes International Airport. The single terminal provides the basic amenities you'd expect at a fully modern airport, including Wi-Fi, automatic teller machines, currency exchange, shops, restaurants, and more.
Attractions in Cape Verde
Right in the center of Praia stands a 500-year-old kapok tree that’s nearly 150 feet tall. As you stroll by the tree, you can appreciate the traditional Portuguese architecture of Praia. The Bay of Tarrafal, located on the north end of the island, is one of the most popular places to swim. Palm trees surround the little bay and protect swimmers and sunbathers alike from the wind. Praia itself has its own lovely beaches including Quebra Canela, which has black sand. If island-hopping is your thing, be sure to visit the island of Sal, swim at the famous Santa Maria Beach, and visit the equally famous salt mine.
Travel Tips for Cape Verde
Flights to Cape Verde aren't the only things that are reasonably priced. A three-course meal for two, for example, could cost as little as $20. Even if you're not going to be in Cape Verde for a month, it’s still worthwhile to invest in a monthly transportation pass, which amounts to about $25. Accommodations can be had on any of the Cape Verde islands for as little as $35 a night. It would also be wise to learn a few necessary phrases in Portuguese or the country's Creole language, Kriolu. Although some people speak English, especially at newer hotels and resorts such as the Santa Maria Resort on Sal, many do not.
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