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Planning a trip to Cape Verde?

Interesting facts and features of this vibrant travel destination

About 500km off the coast of West Africa is a number of small islands that make up Cape Verde. This isolated, volcanic archipelago offers an adventurous take on the tropical island experience.

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about Cape Verde.

Cape Verde facts

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First colonised by Portuguese settlers in 1462, the archipelago became independent from Portugal in 1975. Sharing its independence with Guinea-Bissau - they were a joint country until 1980.

Its nearest neighbours are Western Sahara to the northeast, Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia to the east and Guinea-Bissau to the southeast.

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Portuguese is the official language but people also speak Crioulo, an Africanised Creole Portuguese.

Volcanic islands

Most volcanoes such as the one in Sao Vicente are extinct, but in the nearby island of Fogo, a rare volcanic eruption occurred in 2014, forcing hundreds to flee their homes.

Even though eruptions are rare, it's worth checking that your travel insurance covers you for delays and cancellations caused by volcanic ash.

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Today, more people of Cape Verdean origin live abroad than in the country.


The natural winds and the beautiful crystal clear sea around the islands make Cape Verde one of the best spots for windsurfing, kite surfing and deep sea fishing and diving.

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Cape Verde is named after Cap Vert, which means Green Cape in Senegal, the westernmost point of continental Africa.

Whether you're planning on trekking extinct volcanoes, or snorkelling in the sea buying LV= travel insurance is quick and easy

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