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View of local people performing traditional music on the streets of Rabil on the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde, Africa

Travelling to Cape Verde?

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Are you planning a trip to the beautiful Cape Verde Islands? Start your journey right by converting your sterling to Cape Verdean escudo with Manor FX today.

Our outstanding Cape Verdean escudo exchange rate means more CVE cash in your pocket. 

Securely receive your Cape Verdean escudo banknotes at home or your office. Alternatively, pick them up from our Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.

Manor FX offers quick delivery and a straightforward online ordering process for your Cape Verdean escudo travel money.

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Set off to Cape Verde, an archipelago in the central Atlantic Ocean, well-prepared. 

Here are helpful insights about changing your travel money, foreign currency and cash and card usage in Cape Verde.

Where is Cape Verde?

Cape Verde is an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, stunning beaches, and volcanic landscapes.

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Tarrafal beach in Santiago island in Cape Verde - Cabo Verde

Where can you get Cape Verdean escudo?

As Cape Verdean escudo is an exotic currency, finding it in the UK can be challenging

For convenience and top exchange rates, buy from us online or in-store with next working-day delivery.

You can also exchange your British pounds for Cape Verdean escudo at international airports (watch out for the fees!) or currency exchange bureaus. Some travel agencies could also offer this service.

Where can I buy Cape Verdean escudo in the UK?

You’ll usually need a specialist currency exchange to get escudo. Why not order your holiday money online now to save time? We offer free home delivery for orders over £750.

What currency should I bring from the UK to Cape Verde?

When travelling from the UK to Cape Verde, it’s essential to have some local currency, the Cape Verdean escudo (CVE).

Carrying some British pounds (GBP) is also a practical idea. This ensures convenience and a smooth experience during your stay in Cape Verde.

Hiking path in Santo Antao, Cape Verde

Should I take cash to Cape Verde?

Yes, you should take cash to Cape Verde. Exchanging your money before your trip is a great idea. Upon arrival, you’ll need Cape Verdean escudo for transport, meals, and shopping.

Is it best to take euros to Cape Verde?

Taking euros to Cape Verde can be a practical option. Upon arrival, they are widely accepted and easily exchanged for Cape Verdean escudo (CVE). 

Many hotels, larger shops, and tourist services might accept euros directly. However, it’s important to remember that the official currency is the Cape Verdean escudo.

Can I use my bank card in Cape Verde?

Yes. Bank cards are accepted in Cape Verde’s larger towns like Praia and Mindelo. Particularly in business centres, international hotels, and shopping malls.

They’re handy for more considerable expenses like hotel stays, restaurant meals, and shopping. Keep in mind that card transaction fees might be up to 3%.

Smaller vendors and shops in less urban areas often don’t accept card payments. Because of limited internet access, card transactions can be problematic. Therefore, cash is still a popular payment method in Cape Verde.

Friendly tip: inform your bank about your travel plans before your trip.

Santa Maria, Sal Island - Cape Verde. The promenade of Santa Maria with souvenir shops

Is it expensive in Cape Verde?

Cape Verde’s cost depends on your choices. While affordable for budget travellers, it can get expensive for luxury experiences. 

Affordable options include local guesthouses, street food, and public transport. Luxury resorts, high-end restaurants, and activities like guided tours cost more. 

Prices in tourist areas are higher than in local spots. In short, Cape Verde can fit various budgets, from economical to high-end.

How much spending money do you need for Cape Verde?

The amount of spending money you’ll need for Cape Verde depends on several factors. These include your travel style, planned activities, and length of stay. Here’s a general guideline:

Budget travellers

If you’re sticking to budget accommodations, eating local food, and using public transport, you might spend around £30-£50 per day.

Mid-range travellers

Those staying in mid-range hotels, dining at occasional nicer restaurants, and partaking in paid activities like guided tours expect to spend about £50-£100 per day.

Luxury travellers

For a more luxurious experience, including high-end hotels, fine dining, and private tours or activities, you could spend upwards of £100-£200 per day or more.

Remember, these are approximate figures and can vary based on personal preferences and unforeseen expenses. 

Having a bit extra for emergencies or spontaneous activities is always good. Also, consider the following:

  • Accommodation costs. Hotel or rental prices can vary widely. Research and book in advance for the best deals.
  • Food and drink. Local eateries are cheaper than tourist-focused restaurants. Trying local cuisine at street vendors or small cafes can save money.
  • Transportation. Public transport is cheaper, but taxis or car rentals might be more convenient, especially on less accessible islands.
  • Activities. Set aside a budget for activities like snorkelling, hiking, or cultural tours. Prices vary, so check in advance.
  • Souvenirs and extras. Remember to budget for souvenirs, tips, and other incidental expenses.
National dish Cape Verde - Cachupa stew with meat and vegetables close-up in a plate

How can I avoid ATM fees in Cape Verde?

To minimise ATM fees in Cape Verde, consider these tips:

  • Check your bank’s partners. See if your bank has partner banks in Cape Verde to avoid extra fees.
  • Withdraw larger amounts. Take out more cash less frequently to reduce ATM visits and fees.
  • Choose your ATMs wisely. Choose ATMs within bank branches, which often have lower fees than standalone ATMs.

Is tipping expected in Cape Verde?

In Cape Verde, tipping is not typically expected but is appreciated for good service. Here’s a guide:

  • Restaurants and cafes: Leave a 10-15% tip in upscale places. Tipping isn’t customary in regular eateries.
  • Hotels: Consider tipping staff like bellhops and housekeepers around 50-100 escudos.
  • Taxis and drivers: Rounding up the fare or giving a small extra tip is common.
  • Tour guides: Tipping around 100-200 escudos is a nice gesture for tours.
Sal. Cape Verde. Display of typical local products, paintings, crafts, clothing, souvenirs and surfboard on orange wall in outdoor street

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Cape Verdean currency

Banknotes in Cape Verde

The Cape Verdean escudo banknotes feature prominent local figures and landmarks. The denominations include 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 2500, and 5000 escudos.

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Coins in Cape Verde

The coin denominations range from 1 to 100 escudos. These coins showcase aspects of Cape Verde’s culture and history.

Cape Verde’s currency import and export regulations

You’ll find there’s no limit on how much money you can bring to Cape Verde. However, you must declare if you are carrying over $10,000 (or equivalent) in cash.

Order Cape Verdean escudos online

Exchange GBP to Cape Verdean escudos online. Get fast and secure delivery to your home or office with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. 

Alternatively, pick up your travel money from our bureau de change near Heathrow.

Selling back Cape Verdean escudos

Remember to convert Cape Verdean escudo to GBP with Manor FX for a hassle-free experience.

If you have leftover travel money, exchange Cape Verdean escudos to pounds easily. 

Select ‘sell currency’, then ‘CVE Cape Verdean escudo’. We offer competitive rates for your unused Cape Verdean escudos.

Cicada Velha, Views around Santiago, an island in Cape Verde


Cape Verde operates on Cape Verde Time (CVT), one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-1).

Cape Verde offers a variety of activities that cater to different interests. Here are some of the best things to do:

  • Beach relaxation. Unwind on the beautiful beaches of the islands of Sal and Boa Vista, known for their pristine sands and crystal-clear waters.
  • Hiking in Santo Antão. Explore the breathtaking mountainous landscapes of Santo Antão, perfect for scenic hikes.
  • Cape Verdean music and nightlife. Experience the vibrant music scene and nightlife, especially in the capital, Praia, and on the island of São Vicente.
  • Explore Santiago Island. Dive into Santiago’s rich history and culture. On the largest island, with its historical sites and lively markets.
  • Water sports in Sal. Enjoy activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing, taking advantage of Sal’s excellent wind and water conditions.

Cape Verde food is known for its diverse flavours, influenced by African, Portuguese, and Brazilian culinary traditions. Here are the top 5 popular foods:

  • Cachupa: The national dish of Cape Verde, a hearty stew made with hominy corn, beans, and various meats or fish.
  • Lagostada: A lobster dish, often grilled and served with a rich garlic butter sauce, showcasing the islands’ seafood.
  • Bife de atum (tuna steak): Fresh tuna steaks, commonly grilled and served with local spices, reflecting the abundance of seafood.
  • Pastel com diabo dentro: Literally meaning ‘pastry with the devil inside’, these are spicy tuna or meat-filled pastries, a popular snack.
  • Caldo de peixe (fish soup): A flavorful soup made with fresh local fish vegetables, and often enhanced with coconut milk.

These dishes offer a taste of the island’s culinary heritage, blending local ingredients with a touch of international influence.

The “best” Cape Verde island largely depends on your interests and what you’re looking for in your trip. All Cape Verdean islands have unique charm and attractions:

  • Sal: Best for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. It’s known for its beautiful beaches like Santa Maria and water activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing.
  • Boa Vista: Ideal for those seeking a quiet, beach-centric holiday. It has stunning beaches and is great for turtle-watching.
  • São Vicente: The cultural hub, especially the city of Mindelo, is known for its vibrant music scene, lively carnivals, and nightlife.
  • Santo Antão: Perfect for hikers and nature lovers. Its rugged terrain and scenic valleys offer some of the best hiking in Cape Verde.
  • Santiago: The most diverse island, with a mix of beaches, mountains, and cultural experiences, including the historic Cidade Velha.

Your choice should align with the type of activities and experiences you enjoy. Whether relaxing on a beach, exploring cultural sites, hiking in nature, or immersing in local music and festivals, an island in Cape Verde fits your preferences.

UK nationals do not need a visa to enter Cape Verde for short stays up to 30 days. Upon arrival, you’ll be issued a tourist registration card for a small fee. However, checking the latest travel advice and entry requirements before your trip is always wise, as visa policies can change.

For travel to Cape Verde, no mandatory vaccinations are required for entry. However, it’s recommended to be up-to-date with routine vaccinations.

Additionally, vaccines for Hepatitis A and Typhoid are advised because of the risk of contaminated food or water. Depending on where you’ll be staying and your activities, Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines might also be considered.

Always consult a doctor for personalised advice well in advance of your trip. Health requirements can change, so getting the latest information is essential.

The best time to visit Cape Verde is between November and June. The weather is dry and sunny during these months, making it ideal for beach activities and exploring the islands. 

The temperatures are comfortable, typically from mid-20s to low 30s Celsius.

The peak tourist season is from December to March, coinciding with the European winter. If you prefer a quieter experience, consider visiting in November or between April and June. 

The latter months are perfect for hiking and outdoor activities, as the temperatures are milder and the landscapes greener.

Keep in mind that Cape Verde is a year-round destination, but from July to October, there’s a higher chance of rain and humidity, though showers are usually brief.

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Cape Verdean Escudos Fast!

  • Free home delivery over £750
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  • Better rates than the banks
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