Mini guide to Cape Verde
A lime-green building on the seafront in Mindelo, Casa Cafe Mindelo is a French-run guesthouse whose four rooms mix African art with contemporary décor. There’s also a café specialising in seafood. Be sure to book ahead (Rue Governador Calheiros 6; from £50).
TACV flies between almost all inhabited islands in Cape Verde, although last-minute cancellations can occur (singles from around £40). Halcyon Air also offers internal flights. Inter-island ferries operate, with varying degrees of comfort.
When to go
Cape Verde is cooler than most of West Africa, and can be visited year-round, even during the rainy season from mid-August to mid-October. The biggest festival is Mardi Gras, celebrated with particular gusto in the town of Mindelo on São Vicente.
How to go
The main airport for Cape Verde is on the island of Sal. Thomson flies there from Gatwick (from £330) and Manchester (from £350). You can also fly to the capital, Praia, from Heathrow with TAP Portugal, via Lisbon (from £470).