The high tourist season extends from mid-June to mid-September and all December, when emigrants, the portuguese diaspora, return to the country.Note that it is imperative to reserve housing and air links. If not, Cape Verde is visiting the whole year with an average air temperature of 25 ° C and that of the sea of 24 ° C.
A mineral countryIn general, the archipelago, dry and dry, presents a landscape of rocks or sand, in ochre and burnt hues. The beaches, white or black, are often beautiful and virgin due to a limited tourist attendance.Cultural attractionsCape Verde is increasingly insisting on its cultural assets to attract travellers to it. The architecture of the Portuguese colonial period is a first attraction in cities such as Mindelo in São Vicente or São Filipe in Fogo.Praia, more urbanized, nevertheless presents some museums in the history of the country. Finally, through the success of Cesaria Evora, Portuguese music develops internationally.Many sports activitiesCape Verde, by the multiplicity and particularities of its islands, offers various attractions. The presence of the trade winds encourages the practice of all sailing sports (surfing, surfing and windsurfing), sea (diving, wholesale fishing...). For the trek, the most recommended island is Santo Antão with many tracks. A local travel agency will be able to organise a stay with tailor-made activities according to your tastes.The softness of living portugueseCape Verde without Ministries would lose a lot of its charm. The population is extremely warm. Thanks to an experienced local guide, you will enter the Cape Verdean in authentic contact.A mild climateCape Verde is similar to its dry climate in the country facing it on the African coast, Senegal. But, according to the island, you will be more or less exposed to the wind and depending on altitude, you will be more or less to heat.
Life is not particularly expensive, especially for eating or moving on the islands, compared to Western standards. However, for a developing country, prices in Cape Verde may surprise. For small budget travellers, it is advisable to arrange as best as possible before departure, especially for hotel reservations and inter-island travel. You stir the boat that costs less.FormalitésVisas are mandatory. It must be withdrawn at the Cape Verde Embassy in Paris or at the consulate in Marseilles at least one week before departure. There is an accelerated procedure that takes 2 days and costs more (EUR 95). The visa shall be valid within 180 days of the date of issue. It costs 45 for an individual for a stay of 30 days. Please do not hesitate to contact the consulates by mail to inform you, especially if you are in a hurry over time. It is also possible to arrive without a visa and get it at the airport for 25 . Please give your return date to the police because certain visas are only valid for seven days: This will result in a trip to Praia or Mindelo to get an extension, which is more expensive and requires a little time. An extension of the visa may indeed be obtained from the Directorate of Emigration and Borders.Info: ? +238 261 18 45 in Praia and +238 231 30 92 to Mindelo.We must comply with existing international legislation and do not provide unreasonable quantities of alcohol, tobacco, perfume or any products. For a longer stay, you must apply for a visa of six months with multiple entry to 86,30 for one individual or 110 for a family. Take three to five days. If you cannot travel, you can obtain your visa by sending a registered letter to the Embassy by attaching 5 in postage stamps. If you travel with your cat or dog, you need a passport. A quarantine period is also often mandatory and you will have to complete specific formalities.Contact Customs for more information: www.douane.gouv.fr or ? 0 811 20 44 44.Arrival by boat. Carry the francization of the boat as well as the entire passport of the crew members and go to the offices of the island's maritime police (never far away). You will have to pay the port tax in the order of 500 CVE, regardless of the length of your stay. Attention, offices are closed on weekends. Then, go to the immigration offices.If you are taken over by the work, recalcitrant or not anxious to worry about the stewardship of your trip, several services propose to deal with it for you.
Apart from Creole, derived from Portuguese, Portuguese is spoken by about half the population. Other languages are spoken or understood in the presence or influences past and present in the various islands, but also in accordance with the importance of ministries immigrants in these countries. French is spoken in Santiago, São Vicente and Sal, English mainly in Brava, Fogo, more and more in Sal and all over the other islands, Italian in Sal but also increasingly in Boa Vista and Spanish because close to Portuguese. Make an effort to speak a few words of Creole and Portuguese because French is not the official language! Too many tourists do not adapt in this area and the ensuing misunderstandings are then picturesque.Learning language: There are different ways to learn a few basics of language and the offer for self-learning can be done on different media: CD, DVD, exercise books or even directly on the Internet. Note that on the Mindelo Infos site, there is a method and dictionary to learn North Islands Creole: www.mindelo.info/_dico.php
The currency is the Cape Escudo (CVE). Exhibits are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 CVE. The pieces are magnificent: no republican badge, but birds and turtles or boats. Banknotes in circulation are those of 200, 1 000, 2 000 and 5 000 CVE. Having 5 000 CVE (very rare) tickets to travel across the country is often fraught with difficulties: you can't get the money. When you change your currency, try not to have too much.The Cape escudo is represented by the CVE symbol (used in this guide), but also by the LCA symbol and also $! The $ symbol never represents its American counterpart, but the local currency: make no mistake about it.
Cape Verde enjoys a hot and dry climate for much of the year. Two seasons are distinguished thereThe dry season runs from late October to late July. It is characterized by strong winds, especially between December and February. The hottest months are March, April and May.The rainy season, the rainy season, runs from August to October with months of September and October quite hot.Each island is more or less exposed to the wind and, according to altitude, heat.
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