Cape Verde walking tours

The archipelago of Cape Verde is made up of 10 volcanic islands, 9 of which are inhabited today. Scattered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde has made a name for itself as a great hiking destination. The archipelago was uninhabited until the first Portuguese explorers arrived in 1456 and quickly became an important player in the slave trade. By the 19th century, the islands had become a stopover on the shipping lines to the Middle East and Australia. Today, a walking holiday in Cape Verde offers hikers incredible landscapes of wild and unspoilt beauty, kilometres of white sandy beaches, arid volcanic ridges and craters, lush green valleys, tropical crops, and a wonderful mix of African and European culture. The local singer Cesária Évora made the Cape Verdean music famous throughout the world during the 1990’s. A Cape Verde walking trip has never been easier as the archipelago offers 4 international airports.

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Sao Vicente & Santo Antao : exploring the northen islands
      • Cape Verde - Cape Verde
    • Self-guided
    • Walking
      • 8 days
      • From January to May
      • From October to December
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Comfort

Highlights of the trip

  • A combination of two contrasting islands: Sao Vicente for its cultural and festive side, and Santo Antao for its exuberant nature
  • The varied and unmissable hikes on Santo Antao
  • Small family hotels  to enjoy the true and unique Creole-Portuguese-African hospitality
  • 4 dinners included
  • The hotel swimming pools on Santo Antao, so refreshing after a day's walk in the valleys!
  • Optional : 6 picnics

    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

      • 12 days
      • From January to May
      • From October to December
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort

Highlights of the trip

  • Exploration of 5 islands from north to south of the archipelago among volcanic craters, lush valleys and traditional villages
  • The challenging ascent of the highest peak of the archipelago with a guide: the Pico of Fogo (2829 m)
  • Take off your hiking boots in Sal and just relax on the magnificent white sandy beaches 
  • Internal flights included  + 4 dinners and 1 lunch included
  • A picnic option is available on the hiking islands

    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

The archipelago is split into 2 parts, offering a variety of hikes and activities to enjoy on your Cape Verde walking stay. The southern islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava are known as the Sotavento ‘Islands protected from the wind’

Maio has a hot climate and a limestone soil. The island was once a great producer of salt that was sold to Brazil, but high taxes put a stop to production in the 20th century and since then, the island lives purely from tourism.
Santiago is one of the biggest islands, home to over half of the Cape Verdean population. The island economy thrives from the farming of corn, sugar cane, bananas, mangos, and coffee.
An active volcano dominates the island of Fogo, the Pico do Fogo, culminating at 2 829m making it the highest peak of the archipelago. There are frequent eruptions, the last one dating back to 2014. Vineyards flourish on the slopes of the volcano and produce the only Cape Verdean wine.
Brava is the smallest island of the archipelago and lives mainly from fishing. The population on the island grew mainly due to the eruptions on the neighbouring island of Fogo.

The 6 other northern islands of the archipelago are known as the Barlavento ‘Islands in the wind'. Santo Antoa lives mainly from agriculture and offers fantastic and varied hiking trails for your walking holiday in Cape Verde.
Sao Vicente is the second most populated island and home to the lively city of Mindelo, the birthplace of the singer Césaria Evora and host of many festivals, a great start and/or end to your walking tour in Cape Verde.
Santa Luzia is the only uninhabited island of the archipelago. It was never properly colonised and was home to various famers and cattle and donkeys throughout the centuries.
Sao Nicolau has an interesting history. Once a fertile island, many droughts and invasions of grasshoppers put an end to the crops and pirates would often attack the island, forcing the inhabitants to move inland.
The island of Sal (meaning salt in Portuguese) thrived off just that up until the 1980’s and now the island lives mainly from tourism.
Boa Vista is an island famous for sea turtles, its music and beautiful sandy beaches and dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see.