Cape Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean. The ten volcanic islands in its archipelago have a combined land area of about 4,033 square kilometers off the coast of Senegal. In this post, we will outline the 15 interesting facts about Cape Verde.
Cape Verde Visa is free to Nigerians. This means that Nigerian citizens do not require visa to immigrate/travel to Cape Verde.
16 Interesting facts about Cape Verde that you should know
Here are some interesting things about the island country that may thrill you on a visit to it;
1. The country boasts as West Africa’s highest standard of living as a result of its stable political and economic system.
2. The country has one of Africa’s most stable democratic governments
Cape Verde boasts West Africa’s highest standard of living, thanks to its stable political and economic system.
3. This makes it a very safe, welcoming, and friendly country to visit, just one of the reasons the archipelago is so popular with holidaymakers.
4. The archipelago is made up of ten islands and five islets
The islands, in order of size, are Santiago, Santo Antão, Boa Vista, Fogo, São Nicolau, Maio, São Vicente, Sal, Brava and Santa Luiza.
5. The population is made up of a good mix of African and Portuguese heritage.
6. Portuguese is the official language but people also speak Crioulo, an Africanised Creole Portuguese.
7. The archipelago is perfect for water sports: From kitesurfing and windsurfing to sailing and scuba diving, the islands’ range of water sports, primarily on Sal and Boa Vista, is a huge hook for tourists seeking an active holiday by the beach so when next you’re planning a fun-filled holiday trip at the beach, you may want to consider going to Cape Verdes.
8. Corn is the staple food of Cabo Verde. And Cachupa is their national dish.
9. Sugarcane liquor is a popular drink on the islands, especially among men.
10. It may be one of the smallest islands, but Sal is by far the most popular with holidaymakers, thanks to its gorgeous white sandy beaches, turquoise shores, and bustling tourist resort.
11. Santiago. The largest island in the archipelago and home to Praia, Cape Verde’s capital, Santiago is an island rich in culture and eclectic history.
12. Cabo Verde is the 3rd largest nesting site for Loggerhead turtles and it is illegal to capture turtles which are endangered species in the country so be sure you will come across lots of them in its beaches and oceans.
13. There are more Cape Verdians living abroad than in the country.
14. Brava is a little island called ‘the Garden Island’ of Cabo Verde because there are many tropical plants and flowers. It has no beaches, just high cliffs, and you can visit it and hike the mountains.
15. Benito Mussolini the Italian dictator bought the rights to build an airport on Sal, Cabo Verde as he needed to refuel his aircraft on the flights between Europe and South America. Portugal bought the airport back off him in 1945.
16. Cape Verde is connected via air routes to Europe, Africa, and America. International airports are on the islands of Sal, Santiago, Boa Vista, and São Vicente. Most islands within have regular flights to and from the mainland.
if you are traveling to Cape Verdes as a Nigerian, no Visa is required for at least 90 days and you can always get a flight return ticket from Murtala Muhammed Airport to Sal International Airport. We hope you have enjoyed the 16 interesting facts about Cape Verde. What are your thoughts?