12 days in Cape Verde Itinerary

12 days in Cape Verde Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cape Verde trip maker

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Boa Vista
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Vila do Maio
— 1 night
Ilha do Sal
— 6 nights


Boa Vista

— 3 nights

Island of the Dunes

Sprinkled with sand dunes and pristine, sweeping beaches where turtles nest, the island of Boa Vista has been attracting more and more visitors looking to explore its remote trails and picturesque shore.
Boa Vista is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Mónica, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Chaves, and get a taste of the local shopping with Un click per un Sorriso - The Shop.

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Manchester, UK to Boa Vista is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Boa Vista due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Manchester in January; daily highs in Boa Vista reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll set off for Praia on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Boa Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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— 1 night
The capital and largest city of Cabo Verde, Praia represents one of the most renowned commercial centers in Africa.
On the 17th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with Atlanticus Diving - Santiago Cabo Verde and then kick back and relax at Quebra Canela Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Rue Banana, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Real de San Felipe, and then enjoy the sea views from Farol de D. Maria Pia.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Praia trip planner.

Getting from Boa Vista to Praia by flight takes about 3 hours. January in Praia sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Vila do Maio.

Things to do in Praia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Vila do Maio

— 1 night
Cidade do Maio, also known as Porto Inglês, is a city in the southwestern part of the island of Maio in southeastern Cape Verde. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Tropical Maio and then get outside with AAA Maio Diving.

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You can fly from Praia to Vila do Maio in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Vila do Maio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ilha do Sal.

Things to do in Vila do Maio

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:

Ilha do Sal

— 6 nights
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Ilha do Sal is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Buracona, explore and take pictures at Salinas de Pedra de Lume, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Cabo Verde: Pure yoga, and get outside with Shark Bay.

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Fly from Vila do Maio to Ilha do Sal in 4 hours. In January in Ilha do Sal, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Cape Verde travel guide

Beaches · Tourist Spots · Scuba & Snorkeling
The main islands of Cape Verde each offer something different, both in terms of natural wonders and cultural heritage. Descendants of Portuguese colonialists and African slaves, the locals mainly speak Creole and blend influences from Europe and Africa in their cuisine, music, and architecture. The largely unspoiled natural landscape includes mountain peaks, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, and wildflower-filled valleys. With the country experiencing a dry tropical climate, holidays in Cape Verde lend themselves to a range outdoor sports and activities, including windsurfing and lazing on a beach, hill walking, and diving.