The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Verde Islands vary widely in character, from volcanic landscapes, through to spectacular mountain ranges, and deserted golden beaches fringing turquoise seas. It’s these contrasts that makes these islands such superb walking destinations, and on many of the Cape Verde walking holidays, you can explore multiple islands to get a real feel for this destination.
Santiago, the largest of the islands, is great for trekking through jungle terrain and spotting native wildlife, also home to the UNESCO World Heritage old fort site at Cidade Velha. On Santo Antão, craggy peaks tower over deep green valleys full of sugarcane, while São Vicente is home to the cultural capital of the islands, Mindelo. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the village of Cidade Velha and its captivating sites, from the early military outposts, to the marble pillory and sculpture in the cobblestone square. After sightseeing, you can enjoy the lush green valleys and explore trails with Baobab trees dotted along the paths.
The islands are a fascinating blend of Portuguese and African influences, and since tourism is a relatively recent arrival, you can still sample the real culture of the islands and interact with warm and sincere locals.
In Cape Verde, you can walk along fine sandy beaches as well as idyllic coastal trails. Alternatively, Rui Vaz offers a great contrast to this, where you can wake up to incredible vistas of the misty mountain tops, and ramble some of these spectacular peaks. Explore this Atlantic gem in the company of a small group of like-minded travellers, guided by expert leaders with years of trekking experience, and a wealth of knowledge on each trail; ensuring your walking holiday is entirely stress free and organised from start to finish.
Let Ramblers Walking Holidays book you comfortable accommodation and show you the must-see trails to explore, also arranging your transport before island hopping around Cape Verde. All you need to do is experience and enjoy this captivating part of the world. Each Cape Verde itinerary has been specially crafted by us to show you the unmissable highlights of each island, as well as wonderful sites found off the beaten track.
The Cape Verde Islands offer a unique blend of African and Portuguese culture. We visit three geologically younger islands with their breath-taking natural scenery and where the way of life remains relatively untouched.
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.