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São Vicente, Full Day, Highlights, Mindelo, and outside, 6hr

São Vicente, Full Day, Highlights, Mindelo, and outside, 6hr

Hear about our history, culture, lifestyle. Enjoy the architectural style of our colorful buildings. Visit the bustling markets of Mindelo; Fish Market, African Market, and Municipal Market (closed on Sundays). From the lookout point, we will have the best views of Mindelo, Monte Cara, and Laginha Beach. Take a scenic drive to the top of Monte Verde, natural and protected park, the highest peak in Sao Vicente. Head to the small charming sea side fishing villages on the Island. Take a swim in the clear blue lagoon of Baía das Gatas, and marvel at the contrasting long beach coastline. Calhau is an oasis! A charming small farming and fishing village also home of Vulcao Viana, one of the of last extinct volcanos on the Island. In the valley of Calhau we will see traditional farming by hand, animals, water wells, and windmills.

Half Day Island Tour, Best of São Vicente, Highlights

Half Day Island Tour, Best of São Vicente, Highlights

Get picked up from your accommodation for an exciting day of exploring and learning more about São Vicente’s history, culture and daily lifestyle! Depart to our Islands Old Fort, Fortim del Rei where you will have phenomenal views of the Bay City of Mindelo and our popular city Beach, Laginha. Take a walk through the city where you will visit the Cultural Center to observe the current talent on display, walk through the bustling markets of Mindelo; Fish, Municipal (vegetable / fruits) and African* (Closed on Sundays). Departing the city we will pass by the home of our famous Barefoot Diva, Cesária Évora, taking a scenic drive through the mountains to Monte Verde, 774m or 2,539ft, the highest point of Sao Vicente, at the summit we will enjoy a cup of locally grown tea or coffee at the Tea House, while taking in the spectacular views of the Island; On a clear day you will see the Islands of Santo Antão, São Nicolau, Santa Luzia, Ilhéu Raso and Branco - Mindelo and the Coastal beaches are stunning from the top! Head to the town of Salamansa, this is a charming, lively fishing village; people are busy here, with the village lifestyle, and always happy to welcome guests! Also, at Salamansa you will find our windsurfing, and kitesurfing activities with local places to stop for a refreshing beverage on the beach. At our famous beach of Baia das Gatas, enjoy a swim or dive off of the trampolim into the clear blue lagoon. Return to Mindelo after a fantastic day of exploring the Best of São Vicente!

São Vicente: Private Highlights Tour from Mindelo Port

São Vicente: Private Highlights Tour from Mindelo Port

Enjoy a pickup from the Port of Mindelo and begin an exciting private tour to discover the highlights of São Vicente Island with a local guide. Start your discovery from Mindelo, the country's cultural capital, famous for the hospitality of its people and the architecture of its beautiful colonial buildings. Visit the main square, the local church, the municipal market and learn about the daily lives of the locals, before enjoying a superb panoramic view of the city and its bay, the most beautiful in the country. Continue on a scenic drive to the eastern side of the island and capture beautiful views of extinct volcanoes, farmlands, and learn local history from your guide. Arrive in Calhau, take a lunch break and enjoy the local cuisine. Next, swim at the beautiful Baía das Gatas beach or simply dip your feet in the warm water before heading to the island's highest point, Monte Verde Natural Park. Here admire the stunning landscape, see endemic plants and, weather permitting, see other Cape Verde islands. The tour ends with a drop-off at the Port of Mindelo.

São Vicente: Markets, Beaches and Natural Park Tour

São Vicente: Markets, Beaches and Natural Park Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation or Port of Mindelo for Cruise Ship passengers and drive towards the city center. Upon arrival, explore the island’s capital, Mindelo, a historically and culturally rich city full of character. Take a guided walking tour through the city center to the island's popular African Market, stroll through the colorful stalls, soak in the variety of sights and scents, and mingle with the locals. Continue on a scenic drive to Monte Verde Natural Park and admire breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys from the highest point in São Vicente. See endemic plants and learn about the local history, fauna and flora from your guide. Move on to Salamansa, a small fishing village of simple and hospitable people, followed by a drive to Baía das Gatas, where you will take a dip into its natural pools or simply relax on the shore. The tour ends with a drop-off at the Port or at your accommodation in Mindelo.

City Walking Tour of Mindelo: Cultural Capital

City Walking Tour of Mindelo: Cultural Capital

Come Experience the Cultural Capital of Cabo Verde with us! Enjoy the architectural style of our colorful buildings, both old and new, reminiscent of New Orleans with their wide galleries, unique doors, shuttered windows, and ceramic and shingled tiled roofs. Travel along Avenida Marginal to Praia d Bote, Diogo Afonso, Belem Tower, and Fish Market, arrive at African Market, then take a stroll on to Church Square where the first community was established, head on to the Municipal Market where you will find an array of colorful fruits, vegetables, natural teas and handicrafts. Take a stroll along Rua Lisboa (the heartbeat of the city) and its barefoot ‘Walk of Fame’ representing the many famous artists, musicians, poets, and writers of Cabo Verde. Stop at the home of Cesária Évora, our Queen of Morna, and famous ‘Barefoot Diva’.

São Vicente: Guided City Tour of Historic Mindelo

São Vicente: Guided City Tour of Historic Mindelo

Start with pickup at your accommodation or Mindelo Port for Cruise Ship Passengers, and meet your professional guide. Embark on a tour of the main sights of the city and learn about the history of São Vicente's capital, a historic and culturally-rich city with beautiful colonial buildings. Take a guided walking tour through the city center to the island's popular markets, stroll through the colorful stalls, soak in the variety of sights and scents, and mingle with the locals. At the fish market, observe the trade among the locals and meet some of the local sea creatures. Purchase some souvenirs and take pictures of the historical monuments while your guide enriches your knowledge of the local culture and history. After learning about Mindelo and the history of São Vicente, be returned to your hotel or Mindelo Port.

From Praia: Full-Day São Vicente Island Tour

From Praia: Full-Day São Vicente Island Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Praia and heads towards Nelson Mandela Airport. From there, take a 40 minute flight to São Vicente and soak up amazing views of this idyllic island from the skies. Upon arrival, explore the island’s capital, Mindelo, a historic and culturally-rich city bursting with character. Continue the tour along Avenida Marginal to Praia da Bote and to the island’s popular African Market where the first community was established. Stroll through the colorful stalls, soak up the array of sights and scents, and mingle with the locals going about their day. From here, drive to the eastern part of the island where native animals, endemic plants, and rolling farmland can be seen along the luscious Calhau Valley. Arrive at the village of Baía das Gatas next and take a stroll along the white sand dunes that line the sea. Later, drive to Monte Verde Natural Park to admire a stunning vista of the entire island as well as the other Cape Verde islands. Finally, enjoy a well-deserved rest at Laginha Beach before beginning the journey back to the airport and your return flight.

African Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

São Vicente, Full Day, Highlights, Mindelo, and outside, 6hr

São Vicente, Full Day, Highlights, Mindelo, and outside, 6hr

Hear about our history, culture, lifestyle. Enjoy the architectural style of our colorful buildings. Visit the bustling markets of Mindelo; Fish Market, African Market, and Municipal Market (closed on Sundays). From the lookout point, we will have the best views of Mindelo, Monte Cara, and Laginha Beach. Take a scenic drive to the top of Monte Verde, natural and protected park, the highest peak in Sao Vicente. Head to the small charming sea side fishing villages on the Island. Take a swim in the clear blue lagoon of Baía das Gatas, and marvel at the contrasting long beach coastline. Calhau is an oasis! A charming small farming and fishing village also home of Vulcao Viana, one of the of last extinct volcanos on the Island. In the valley of Calhau we will see traditional farming by hand, animals, water wells, and windmills.

Half Day Island Tour, Best of São Vicente, Highlights

Half Day Island Tour, Best of São Vicente, Highlights

Get picked up from your accommodation for an exciting day of exploring and learning more about São Vicente’s history, culture and daily lifestyle! Depart to our Islands Old Fort, Fortim del Rei where you will have phenomenal views of the Bay City of Mindelo and our popular city Beach, Laginha. Take a walk through the city where you will visit the Cultural Center to observe the current talent on display, walk through the bustling markets of Mindelo; Fish, Municipal (vegetable / fruits) and African* (Closed on Sundays). Departing the city we will pass by the home of our famous Barefoot Diva, Cesária Évora, taking a scenic drive through the mountains to Monte Verde, 774m or 2,539ft, the highest point of Sao Vicente, at the summit we will enjoy a cup of locally grown tea or coffee at the Tea House, while taking in the spectacular views of the Island; On a clear day you will see the Islands of Santo Antão, São Nicolau, Santa Luzia, Ilhéu Raso and Branco - Mindelo and the Coastal beaches are stunning from the top! Head to the town of Salamansa, this is a charming, lively fishing village; people are busy here, with the village lifestyle, and always happy to welcome guests! Also, at Salamansa you will find our windsurfing, and kitesurfing activities with local places to stop for a refreshing beverage on the beach. At our famous beach of Baia das Gatas, enjoy a swim or dive off of the trampolim into the clear blue lagoon. Return to Mindelo after a fantastic day of exploring the Best of São Vicente!

São Vicente: Private Highlights Tour from Mindelo Port

São Vicente: Private Highlights Tour from Mindelo Port

Enjoy a pickup from the Port of Mindelo and begin an exciting private tour to discover the highlights of São Vicente Island with a local guide. Start your discovery from Mindelo, the country's cultural capital, famous for the hospitality of its people and the architecture of its beautiful colonial buildings. Visit the main square, the local church, the municipal market and learn about the daily lives of the locals, before enjoying a superb panoramic view of the city and its bay, the most beautiful in the country. Continue on a scenic drive to the eastern side of the island and capture beautiful views of extinct volcanoes, farmlands, and learn local history from your guide. Arrive in Calhau, take a lunch break and enjoy the local cuisine. Next, swim at the beautiful Baía das Gatas beach or simply dip your feet in the warm water before heading to the island's highest point, Monte Verde Natural Park. Here admire the stunning landscape, see endemic plants and, weather permitting, see other Cape Verde islands. The tour ends with a drop-off at the Port of Mindelo.

São Vicente: Markets, Beaches and Natural Park Tour

São Vicente: Markets, Beaches and Natural Park Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation or Port of Mindelo for Cruise Ship passengers and drive towards the city center. Upon arrival, explore the island’s capital, Mindelo, a historically and culturally rich city full of character. Take a guided walking tour through the city center to the island's popular African Market, stroll through the colorful stalls, soak in the variety of sights and scents, and mingle with the locals. Continue on a scenic drive to Monte Verde Natural Park and admire breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys from the highest point in São Vicente. See endemic plants and learn about the local history, fauna and flora from your guide. Move on to Salamansa, a small fishing village of simple and hospitable people, followed by a drive to Baía das Gatas, where you will take a dip into its natural pools or simply relax on the shore. The tour ends with a drop-off at the Port or at your accommodation in Mindelo.

City Walking Tour of Mindelo: Cultural Capital

City Walking Tour of Mindelo: Cultural Capital

Come Experience the Cultural Capital of Cabo Verde with us! Enjoy the architectural style of our colorful buildings, both old and new, reminiscent of New Orleans with their wide galleries, unique doors, shuttered windows, and ceramic and shingled tiled roofs. Travel along Avenida Marginal to Praia d Bote, Diogo Afonso, Belem Tower, and Fish Market, arrive at African Market, then take a stroll on to Church Square where the first community was established, head on to the Municipal Market where you will find an array of colorful fruits, vegetables, natural teas and handicrafts. Take a stroll along Rua Lisboa (the heartbeat of the city) and its barefoot ‘Walk of Fame’ representing the many famous artists, musicians, poets, and writers of Cabo Verde. Stop at the home of Cesária Évora, our Queen of Morna, and famous ‘Barefoot Diva’.

São Vicente: Guided City Tour of Historic Mindelo

São Vicente: Guided City Tour of Historic Mindelo

Start with pickup at your accommodation or Mindelo Port for Cruise Ship Passengers, and meet your professional guide. Embark on a tour of the main sights of the city and learn about the history of São Vicente's capital, a historic and culturally-rich city with beautiful colonial buildings. Take a guided walking tour through the city center to the island's popular markets, stroll through the colorful stalls, soak in the variety of sights and scents, and mingle with the locals. At the fish market, observe the trade among the locals and meet some of the local sea creatures. Purchase some souvenirs and take pictures of the historical monuments while your guide enriches your knowledge of the local culture and history. After learning about Mindelo and the history of São Vicente, be returned to your hotel or Mindelo Port.

From Praia: Full-Day São Vicente Island Tour

From Praia: Full-Day São Vicente Island Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Praia and heads towards Nelson Mandela Airport. From there, take a 40 minute flight to São Vicente and soak up amazing views of this idyllic island from the skies. Upon arrival, explore the island’s capital, Mindelo, a historic and culturally-rich city bursting with character. Continue the tour along Avenida Marginal to Praia da Bote and to the island’s popular African Market where the first community was established. Stroll through the colorful stalls, soak up the array of sights and scents, and mingle with the locals going about their day. From here, drive to the eastern part of the island where native animals, endemic plants, and rolling farmland can be seen along the luscious Calhau Valley. Arrive at the village of Baía das Gatas next and take a stroll along the white sand dunes that line the sea. Later, drive to Monte Verde Natural Park to admire a stunning vista of the entire island as well as the other Cape Verde islands. Finally, enjoy a well-deserved rest at Laginha Beach before beginning the journey back to the airport and your return flight.

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Overall rating

4.6
(8 reviews)

This experience was one of a kind and so much fun! Carlos was extremely impressive with his knowledge of Mindelo and Sao Vicente. Each stop we had felt like a dream, the views were incredible. Tea and drinks with Micheal and the incredible food we had for lunch recommended by Carlos was amazing. Def recommend for anyone visiting. It was perfectly balanced, paced, and just so much fun. I loved everything!

First of all, the guide Americo and the driver Wilson were very”Morabeza” , welcoming, warm and also very knowledgeable about the island. The sights seen were very diverse and gave a good feel for the island. Highly recommended if you’re on the island for only a couple of days and want to see the highlights in half a day.

Great way to get an overview of the island of Sao Vicente outside of its capital Mindelo. Our guide Danny speaks French very well. He and the driver are very friendly. We ate very well in the restaurant offered during the excursion. In short, I absolutely do not regret having chosen this option.

We had a great trip and the driver and guide are to be commended for how they treated everyone of us with care, understanding and knowledge.

we were in this port for a short period of time yet Sonya was able to give us a good overview of the country, the island and its culture.