Cabo Verde

The perfect 1 day itinerary

Cabo Verde, or Cape Verde, is a nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. Its largest island, Santiago, is home to the current capital, Praia. Santiago is also home to the old capital, Cidade Velho, with clifftop fortress Fortaleza Real de São Felipe.

What to do in Cabo Verde?

This 1 day itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Cabo Verde. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Exploring the Island of Santiago


Start your day in the capital city, Praia. Visit the bustling Mercado de Sucupira, where you can buy local crafts, textiles, and spices. From there, head to the historic neighborhood of Plateau, the city's old quarter. Walk around the Presidential Palace and Jaime Mota Barracks.


Take a short drive to Cidade Velho, the old capital. Visit the Fortaleza Real de São Felipe, a 16th-century fortress with panoramic views of the island. Explore the ruins of the Sé Cathedral and the old town square.


Return to Praia and enjoy a relaxing evening at Quebra Canela Beach. Try some local cuisine at a beachside restaurant.

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