Cape Verde: Backpacking
An Archipelago of 10 Volcanic Islands
Without a doubt the best way to experience real culture is to live with the local people, and backpacking holidays in Cape Verde offer a fantastic opportunity to connect to local life. On Santo Antao and Fogo, the two hiking islands, local people are offering their homes to walkers. Cape Verde has many hostels on each of its main islands and several on all of the minor ones, available for all in a wide variety of locations and standards. The largest concentration of hostels in Cape Verde can be located around the centres of Boavista, Sal, Sao Vicente and Maio but there are also many excellent establishments to be found further afield in Fogo and Sao Tiago. Facilities range from dorms with mod-cons, ensuite and cooking areas to plain rooms with just a few bunks. Some Cape Verde hostels have set times for checking in, although nearly all allow 24-hour access once you have paid. Prices start low but go up distinctly during summer periods, fluctuating throughout the year. Accommodation in the cheaper hostels is basic but allows walkers to take up more energetic challenges, knowing that they have somewhere to stay along the way, and get an insight into Cape Verdean lifestyle. Pensao and Residencial, often interchangeable, generally refer to the most Spartan and no-frills type of accommodation. The rooms have simple decor, are clean, and often with en-suite bathroom. Overall, Cape Verde offers a fantastic range of stunning locales and settings for backpackers to explore, with many of the islands offering great accommodation for holidaymakers on a backpacking breaks.