Located in the northern hemisphere in the sub-Sahelian zone to the west of the African continent, the Cape Verde archipelago presents a dry tropical climate with periods of prolonged and cyclic droughts presenting several distinct climatic extracts from the arid and semi-arid to the coast and sub humid and humid as one moves inland and in altitude to the top of the mountains. The temperature, if we compare with those felt at the same latitude within the continent, we can see that it is quite comfortable, because it is influenced by insularity, altitude and oceanic influence. Monthly averages range from 27ºC in coastal areas to 18ºC in high altitude zones, with an annual thermal amplitude of less than 7ºC. The summer, from June to October, is the hot and humid season. This is the ideal period to indulge in diving and swimming on crystal clear beaches. The cool season (from November to May) the temperature plummets significantly.
What is the ideal period for walking holidays in Cape Verde?
Any season is good to visit the Cape Verde islands, since the climate is mild and there is sun all year round. Inevitably, mild winter temperatures attract huge numbers of nature lovers for walking holidays, so the months between November and May can be considered "high season": it is not too hot, it is less likely to rain and it is possible to end the day at sea in Tarrafal or on the crystal clear beaches of Sao Vicente island.