Cape Verde benefits from stunning beaches and lovely warm weather for the best part of all-year. A lot of activities take place on the beaches that surround the island with the Praia de Santa Maria beach topping the list as the beach to be on. Due to that it can also be incredibly crowded during the peak summer months of June to September. You’ll find cheap flights to Cape Verde easier to come by if you visit either in the spring months of April and May or the autumn months of October and November. The weather is usually very pleasant but crowds are fewer thanks to families opting not to visit during school terms. There is the Nossa Sra. De Piedade in Sal on the 15th of August which has a music festival on the beach, swimming contests and processions. The Sao Vicente carnival at the end of February is normally packed with locals and tourists and can go on until the morning with drinking and partying through the night. Flights to Cape Verde get incredibly expensive surrounding the weeks leading up to the carnival though so make sure your flight tickets are secured well in advance.
There isn’t much of an off season although you’ll find the cheapest flights to Cape Verde during December, January and February (excluding the week or two before the carnival) when the weather is cooler and less predictable. This can affect a lot of the activities that normally take place during the rest of the year as a lot of watersports and sea related activities occur.
January is the cheapest month to find discounted flight tickets although you’ll find cheap flights to Cape Verde during both spring and autumn as airlines reduce the cost of their flights due to many people waiting for school holidays. If you aim to have your flights to Cape Verde booked three or four months in advance then you’ll give yourself a better chance of securing deals on your flight tickets. Being flexible with your dates ultimately allows you to find the cheapest flights to Cape Verde and generally you’ll still manage to visit during the warmer months of the year.
Flights from London to Praia, Cape Verde: 8 hours 45 minutes
Flights from London to Amilcar Cabral, Espargos, Cape Verde: 11 hours 40 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Praia, Cape Verde: 13 hours 55 minutes
TAP Portugal, British Airways and Lufthansa are the main airlines that offer cheap flights to Cape Verde although you’ll need to secure your flight tickets in advance to avoid overpaying. TAP Portugal is perhaps the leader of the pack in regards to flight frequency and dominance in the market for the route from the UK although British Airways do offer flight tickets with a connection, changing to TAP Portugal for second half of the journey. Usually you’ll be governed by your budget and then maybe your own convenience although direct flights are extremely uncommon or impossible to find.
Once your flights to Cape Verde land you’ll need to try and find your way into the centre. Unfortunately there aren’t too many options for you to explore in regards to public transport however there are sometimes aluguers available. These are just like mini-buses you can share with other people. Make sure you get some local money out of the ATM first though as the drivers only accept that or euros, but you’ll get a terrible exchange rate on your euros. The upside to the lack of public transport available is that most hotels do provide shuttles to collect you and take you back so when you’ve secured your flight tickets it’s worth looking into hotels who offer this service.
Similar to Boa Vista, your options are limited, even more so here so when you’re booking your flights to Cape Verde definitely look into securing hotels who offer a transfer service either in with the price or for a low cost. Again there is a chance you might find a aluguer to ride in providing you have some local money on you however this isn’t a guarantee unless you pre-arrange transport before setting off on your journey.
(prices quoted are from London)