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Overview

The two islands, Sao Vicente and Santo Antao may be neighbors, but they contrast starkly. Sao Vicente is flatter, with a rangle of more rugged hills in the south-west. The island has many superb sandy beaches and offers some great coastal walking. It is, however, perhaps for its nightlife and cultural that it is best known. Santo Antao is relatively green and fertile. Best known for its great mountains and valleys.

Highlights:

> Discover São Vicente Island and Mindelo the cultural capital of Cape Verde;

> Get in touch with the still untouched nature and meet the greenest valleys of Cape Verde (Paul, Ribeira da Torre and Ribeira Grande);

> The cities; Pombas, Ribeira Grande and Ponta do Sol of colonial architecture;

> Look closely Fontaínhas, named the 2nd best located location in the world, Chã de Igreja and the fishing community of Cruzinha da Garça;

> The forest park of the East Plateau (Espongeiro);

> Try the traditional Cape Verde drink: Grogue and Pontche;

> Delight in the Cape Verde gastronomy through a good fresh fish dish.

Itinerary

You might be able to make some modifications to the current tourist programme based upon your personal preferences. 

Day 1: Sao Vicente Island Airport (Arrival)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Mindelo.

You will be welcomed by our driver in the airport Cesaria Évora in Sao Vicente and take you to your hotel in Mindelo. The First night in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Sao Vicente: full-day Trip

In a day trip you see the best the Island of Sao Vicente has to offer. We visit the historical sites of the city of Mindelo and offer a spectacular tour around the island, taking in spectacular sights such as Verde and the beautiful Baía das Gatas, beach where annually runs the most famous music festival of the country. To enjoy an appetizing lunch of fresh fish we visit Calhau, a charming fishing village. You will be accompanied by one of our highly knowledgeable drivers on your journey who will provide the information and history on the area. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3

Sao Vicente / Santo Antao Island: Walk Cova - The Valley of Paul

At 07h15 We pick you up in your hotel and drive you to the harbor.

At 08h00: The ferry leave from Porto Grande harbor in Mindelo (will take one hour to reach the island of Santo Antão)

Walk: Volcano Crater Cova - The Valley of Paul

Our driver will welcome you at Porto Novo harbor and in less than 20 minutes you will be in Cova, volcano crater at 1522 meters altitude, where you start the descent to the majestic valley Paul accompanied by a local guide to tell the history of the beauty surrounding you. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Transfer to Ponta do Sol to spend the night.  Dinner at restaurant. 

Walking time: 5hrs | Distance: 12,5 Km | Elevation: + 300 m / - 1320 m | Type of accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner.

Day 4

Walk: Ribeira Grande - Ribeira da Torre - Ponta do Sol

Today we can look forward to some fantastic relaxing walking after the ups and downs of the previous stretch. We head down to Ribeira da Torre valley and we will stop in Xôxo for the lunch under the trees. In the late afternoon we return to Ponta do Sol. Dinner at restaurant.

Walking Time: 3h30 | Distance: 8 Km | Elevation: + 560 m /  - 710 m | Type of accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 5

Walk: Lin d'Corvo - João Afonso

After breakfast, transfer following the path of the mountains (stopping in the sights of Corda) to Lagoa, semi-desert altitude plateau, for the starting point of the hike, in Lin d Corvo. From there, a scenic trail (we cross the sugarcane crops and small rural hamlets) descends towards João Afonso, where we spend the night. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Dinner prepared by the inhabitants of the valley.

Walking Time: 4h | Distance: 10,7 Km | Elevation: 170 m / - 820 m | Type of accommodation: Homestay | Meals: BPD

Day 6

Walk: Cha Igreja - Cruzinha - Fontaínhas - Ponta do Sol

​After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of the hike in Chã de Igreja. Superb ride along the fantastic coast, passing through rugged cliffs and wonderful small rural villages; Cruzinha, Corvo and Fontaínhas. You have a picnic lunch that you can enjoy en route. Continue to Ponta do Sol, to spend the night. Dinner at restaurant.

Walking time: 4h30 | Distance: 11 Km | Elevation: +690 m / - 710 m | Type of accommodation: Guesthouse | Meals: BPD.

Day 7

Santo Antao / Sao Vicente

After breakfast, head back to Porto Novo harbor via newly built island coastal road.
At 10h00 the ferry will get you back to São Vicente Island. 

At 11h00 we transfer you back to your hotel. You are free to discovery Mindelo, the cultural city of Cape Verde or to enjoy the beach.

Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast (Lunch and dinner free).

Day 8: São Vicente Island Airport (Departure)

Transfer from your hotel to Airport Cesaria Évora

Our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport wishing you a nice flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

End of Stay
This program depends on weather conditions and may be modified by us on site for your safety.

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