Hostels in Cape Verde Hostels in Cape Verde

You are looking for hostels in Cape Verde? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Cape Verde hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Cape Verde.

All Cities in Cape Verde

We list every single hostel in Cape Verde and the world. In total, we have 9 cities in Cape Verde for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Cape Verde hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Cape Verde. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Cape Verde

Cape Verde is an archipelago of islands located just off Africa’s Northwest coast. The country is famous for the culture of its people, its music, and the beaches on the islands. The largest island in the archipelago is where the capital Praia is. Santiago is its name. This island is home to a fortress on a cliffside as well.

The escudo is the main currency of Cape Verde. If you are planning on traveling here, having euros in your pockets is the best way to do so. Most of the businesses on the islands accept euros as a form of payment. Most small towns and larger cities have ATMs that accept VISA credit cards. You can also usually cash travellers’ cheques at most banks in most currencies.

Staying on the islands is an experience in itself. There are hostels to be found on all the populated islands. Hotels and inns are also very common, especially along the coastlines of the islands. Santiago alone has a wealth of places to stay regardless of how large your group is or what type of accommodation you need.

Travelling to Cape Verde can be done at any time of the year. The Fall is the best time for sunny days outdoors, whereas the winter and spring months are great for surfing. Summer is the best time for turtle watching, with whale watching in the months before that.

The archipelago of Cape Verde contains 10 islands including the capital island of Santiago. The island of Santo Antao has sugarcane plantations and great hiking paths. Sao Vicente is rich in culture and diversity. Mindelo is the nightlife capital of the country, full of bars and nightclubs. Boa Vista has desert dunes and soft sandy beaches. The entire country is populated by hospitable natives who play the famous music of the region.

Santo Antao is an island you must visit if you stay in Cape Verde. It is filled with canyons, valleys, and gorges. It has some of the best hiking trails out there. While it doesn’t look green or lush, hiking into the interior of the island leads to greener valleys, forests and tropical flora.

Sal is the other island you should visit. It is the best for surfing and more modern life. You can ignore the tourists and take advantage of the happening nightlife, the many restaurants, the sandy beaches, and the exciting water sports. There is an international airport bordering the town of Espargos, although you should try to stay at a hostel near the beach in Santa Maria.

Other places to visit in Cape Verde include the Praia de Estoril, a beach on the island of Boa Vista. It is a short walk to the south of Sal Rei. There are beach bars, restaurants and gear shops that sell surfing equipment, kayaks, and lessons.

If you’re not the adventurous type, you can visit the Museu Municipal in Sao Filipe. It is an old refurbished colonial house with photographs, musical instruments, and other artefacts from the history of the island. Other museums include the Sala-Museu Amilcar Cabral, in Praia. Made in memory of Amilcar Cabral, a guerilla freedom fighter, it is a monument to his cause and a tribute to his death.

expert for Cape Verde hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Cape Verde hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Cape Verde - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Cape Verde. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Cape Verde. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Cape Verde

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Cape Verde?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Cape Verde here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Cape Verde safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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