Cabo Verde
The perfect 5 days 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’s old capital, Cidade Velha, is a World Heritage Site with a 16th-century fort and plantations. Let's dive into the itinerary for your 5-day trip to this fascinating island nation.

What to do in Cabo Verde?

This 5 days 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: Discovering the Capital, Praia

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the Plateau, the historic center of Praia. Explore the Presidential Palace, the Alexandre Albuquerque Square, and the Nossa Senhora da Graça church.

Afternoon

Visit the Ethnographic Museum to learn about the history and culture of Cabo Verde. Later, head to the Mercado de Sucupira, a bustling market where you can buy local crafts, clothes, and food.

Evening

Enjoy a traditional Cape Verdean meal at one of the local restaurants in Praia.


Day 2: Exploring Cidade Velha

Morning

Take a trip to Cidade Velha, the old capital of Santiago. Visit the Royal Fort, the Cathedral, and the Pillory Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Afternoon

Explore the Banana Street with its traditional houses and banana plantations. Visit the beach and enjoy the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Evening

Return to Praia and enjoy a relaxing evening at one of the city's beachfront restaurants.


Day 3: A Day at the Beach

Morning

Head to the island of Sal, known for its beautiful beaches. Spend the morning at Santa Maria Beach, a perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing.

Afternoon

Try some water sports like windsurfing or kitesurfing. Visit the Pedra de Lume salt pans, a unique landscape where you can float in the saltwater pools.

Evening

Enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the beachfront restaurants in Santa Maria.


Day 4: Exploring the Island of Fogo

Morning

Take a ferry to the island of Fogo, home to the highest peak in Cabo Verde, Pico do Fogo. Start your hike to the volcano's crater early in the morning.

Afternoon

Visit the city of São Filipe, known for its colonial Portuguese architecture. Explore the local market and try the island's famous coffee and wine.

Evening

Return to Praia and relax after a day of adventure.


Day 5: A Day of Leisure in Praia

Morning

Spend your last day in Cabo Verde at leisure. You can explore more of Praia, visit the local shops, or relax at the beach.

Afternoon

Visit the Quintal da Música, a popular spot for live music. Enjoy the traditional morna music and the local grogue, a sugarcane liquor.

Evening

Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the city's top restaurants. Don't forget to try cachupa, a traditional Cape Verdean stew.


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