The Carnival atmosphere is electric with colourful costumes and wild dancing setting the scene. Visitors will be swept up in the carnival fun which takes place from 2nd to 9th February 2016.

Known to be one of Cape Verde's most famous carnivals, the streets in Mindelo will be over-run with kings, queens, ballerinas, witches and punks to name just a few. Cape Verde greatest musicians and writers live on the island and are proud of its rich traditions in music and the arts. The carnival itself has a strong Brazilian and Portuguese influence and it is no surprise that it is wonderfully flamboyant. 

Even better is the natural scenery which surrounds the carnival, especially around the harbour which is shadowed by mountains. The residential roads are pretty due to a charming Portuguese influence. 

Holiday packages available

The Cape Verde Experience offers a one week's stay at the Oasis Porto Grande hotel. Prices start from £899 per person for arrival on 3rd February 2016.  The offer is based on two persons sharing a standard room on a B&B basis and includes return direct flights between Gatwick and Sao Vicente, hotel transfers and visa. The company is also offering free access to UK airport lounges with all winter packages.

The Oasis Porto Grande is a comfortable three grade hotel which overlooks the central square in Mindelo and provides guests with a good standard of facilities, including a swimming pool with poolside bar, an à la carte restaurant and a gymnasium. There is an attractive beach a short 15-minutes walk from the hotel.

For more information on this offer and further holiday ideas including island hopping itineraries, please telephone The Cape Verde Experience on

0845 330 2071