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Backpacked in Cape verde for 2 weeks.



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Submitted on Jan 19, 2020 Useful Info

How to get around the Islands of Cape Verde

Cape Verde being an archipelago, getting around the islands was a challenge as i wanted to see each island. This is because each island has a unique feature, from salt pans to sugarcane plantations all these were there for my eyes to feast.

If you are in Cape Verde, here are a few ways to get around.


There are 7 airports in Cape Verde and 4 operate internationally while the other 3 are only for domestic flights.

It is also quite common to hire a helicopter to aid in your transport around the country.

The international airports can be busy as they host transatlantic aeroplanes that travel from Europe to South America. This is quite advantageous as catching a plane to Cape Verde is not that hectic as most people tend to believe


This is the most common means of transport in and around the islands. The main habour in the Island of santiago is Praia. This habour provides ferry services to all the other islands.

Maritime safety is also talen quite seriously as the ferries come equipped with life jackets and rafts incase of an accident. There are also staff that are in the ferries that would help in case of any emergency.

The habour isn't really far from the hotels and therefore it is easier to find your way to the ferry on foot.

You could also visit the pier in Santa Maria on Sal island as it is used by divers and fishermen. It is really interesting to see fishermen go about their local activities and also you could buy fresh fish.

Single jetties and small habours on each island act as inter island harbours that serve the ferries that carry both passengers and cargo.

Road transport is not usually a common means to use in Cape verde. However the major island such as Santiago have well developed roads.