Visa and entry requirements Cape Verde:
German citizens need a visa to enter Cape Verde. This visa must be applied for at the Embassy of Cape Verde in Berlin.
Visa costs: 45, - / 87, - Euro
Information from the Foreign Office on their Cape Verde trip:
Cape Verde, also called Cabo Verde, Cape Verde or Cape Verde Islands, is an African island state about 570 km off the west coast of Africa with about 560.000 inhabitants. The archipelago consists of a total of 15 islands, nine of which are inhabited. The official language of the country is Portuguese and the official currency is the Cape Verde Escudo, where 1, - Euro corresponds to 110, - CVE.
The inhabited islands of Cape Verde include Santo Antao, Sal, Boa Vista, Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava. The largest cities in the country include Praia, Mindelo, Assomada, Pedra Badejo, Santa Maria, Sao Filipe, Tarrafal, Porto Novo and Espargos.
Cape Verde is a former Portuguese colony, independent of 1975 and one of the most stable and prosperous countries on the African continent. The archipelago is of volcanic origin with the highest elevation, the Pico do Fogo with 2.829 meters. There is a mild oceanic climate everywhere.
Among the most important export goods Cape Verdes include bananas, lobster, fish, textiles and leather goods. Tourism is becoming increasingly important to the state, with the island of Sal and the main island of Santiago being the most visited.
The capital of Cape Verde is Praia with about 150.000 inhabitants. Praia is the largest city in the country, located on the island of Santiago and at the same time the economic center of the Cape Verde Islands. The main attractions of the capital include the historic old town, the Jaime Mota barracks, the National Library of Cape Verde, the National Stadium Estadio da Varzea, the Museum of Local History, the Palace of Justice, Prainha Beach, the Presidential Palace, the Archaeological Museum of Praia, the Praia City Hall, the Diogo Gomes monument, the Nossa Senhora da Graca Church, the Street of July 05th, the Quebra Canela Beach, the Alexandre Albuquerque Park, the Farol de Maria Pia lighthouse - the city's landmarks with a great panoramic view of Praia as well as the Mercado de Sucupira - the largest market in the city.
In July 2016, I toured Cape Verde during my West Africa tour for four days. With the Royal Air Maroc I started my direct flight from Casablanca to Praia on the island of Santiago, the largest inhabited island in the country. The scenery on Santiago is beautiful and I got to know it through a full day island tour. It's even chilly up in the mountains, near the highest peak of the island, the Pico da Antonia with 1.394 meters, mostly very foggy. The most beautiful beaches of the island are in the north in Tarrafal, Praia Baixo and Praia Sao Francisco.
The capital Praia is very cozy and perfect for walking tours and city tours. The people on the island are very friendly everywhere and there is not the typical African hustle and bustle.
The Cape Verde Islands are for me one of the top 3 destinations in Africa and always worth a visit. A fantastic landscape and pure relaxation are guaranteed there anyway.
For me it was after a fabulous stay in Praia on to Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.