Praia is the archipelago's capital where commercial businesses are found including a growing fishing industry. Tourism is also part of its dynamics, offering alluring beach resorts and historic Portuguese colonial buildings. Stroll along its harbour or visit one of the markets selling basket and clay crafts. The port city of Mindelo in São Vicente is the second largest urban centre on the archipelago, known for its colourful carnival celebrations. It is also the cultural capital of Cape Verde, featuring interesting art galleries and crafts centres as well as monuments attesting to its Portuguese heritage. Savour stunning views of the island on top of Monte Verde or simply flop on the sand and bask under the sun at a secluded beach to get away from it all.
The volcanic archipelago of Cape Verde is known for its relaxing beaches, indigo seas, and the soulful songs of Cesaria Evora, the island's most famous crooner. It boasts of a warm climate all year round, making it an ideal holiday spot for winter retreat seekers. With ten islands and five islets to offer guests, there is no shortage of seaside spots to unwind or get active. Relax on a secluded cove, soak in the sun, surf, hike, or ride the dunes for an idyllic stay. Visitors taking the plane to the archipelago will touch down at one of several international airports: Nelson Mandela, Amilcar Cabral or São Pedro International Airports. TAP Portugal, Luxair, Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines have flights to Cape Verde that you can book.