Day 1 - Arrival on the island of São Vicente : Mindelo
- Your self-guided walking trip in Cape Verde begins on the island of São Vicente at Cesaria Evora airport.
The name of the airport sets the tone of the trip: you have just landed in the living home of Cape Verdean music, in the homeland of the "barefoot diva" who has spread the music and culture of "this little country" around the world.
- Private transfer to Mindelo centre. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can enjoy a first walk - alone or accompanied by a guide - along its streets lined with old houses that forge the soul of the city. Founded by the Portuguese and developed by the English, the traces of this colonial presence are omnipresent. Once the visit is over, enjoy a moment of relaxation on the beautiful Laginha beach from which you can see the imposing Santo Antao and have a swim. For your first evening, immerse yourself in the Cape Verdean atmosphere in the numerous bars/restaurants of the city (important: live music is played on weekends).
- Night in Mindelo
- We recommend
. Letting yourself be tempted by a guided tour to discover the history of Mindelo ( From 40€ for a half-day)
. Adding a night in Mindelo to discover the entire island of Sao Vicente
With a private driver, explore Monte Verde which culminates at 750m for beautiful panoramic pictures, the beach of Baia das Gatas known for its music festival in August, Praia Grande with its beautiful white sand dunes and the extinct volcanoes of Calhau where you can take your first coastal walk of about 2 hours (Please contact us).
. Visiting the workshop of a luthier who makes all kinds of guitars and stringed instruments, including the very local cavaquinho, a small 4-stringed guitar, ancestor of the ukulele. (From 40€ per person with hotel transfers to and from the workshop )
- Access - By air
. There are regular direct flights from Lisbon in Portugal to Sao Vicente's airport.