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UNDISCOVERED CAPE VERDE

Exploring rugged Atlantic Islands...

A day’s good walking up the ribeiras on Santo Antão rewards you with stunning vistas over volcanic mountains, deep gorges and the bluest of seas. The prospect of a refreshing ocean dip, perhaps accompanied by a well-earned sundowner drink, entices you on the downward slope towards the white sand beaches.

 

Tourism is still in its infancy here with the main development beside the sandy beaches of the flatter eastern islands. Instead, we head for the geologically younger, more rugged islands where there is some superb walking, and where the way of life is often relatively untouched by the outside world. We can enjoy the freshness of this new destination, while recognising that facilities will sometimes be limited.

 

Our introduction to the archipelago is with the largest island of Santiago. Here we first stay on the coast at Cidade Velha, before travelling into the mountains to São Domingos, to see a glimpse of life in the very African interior.

 

We continue to the island of São Vicente where we explore the fascinating city of Mindelo, with its British historical connection, and enjoy a beach walk. We then catch the ferry to Santo Antão, the furthest west of the archipelago, where we spend several days exploring the ancient cobbled pathways of this walkers’ paradise. This is one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, with high cliffs, deep valleys and ravines. We’ll walk the ribeiras and appreciate the stunning scenery. We return to São Vicente for one night before we return to London.

 

Cape Verde offers beautiful landscapes from volcanic to fertile, turquoise seas, exceptional walking and locals whose welcome is warm and sincere. Bring your sense of adventure and Pioneer spirit to the Cape Verde Islands for a truly memorable experience.

 

At Ramblers Walking Holidays, we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to peoples’ lives. By travelling with us on this holiday, you can directly help us support the destinations we visit through our staff-managed charitable project click Heart & Sole




WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent. These walks are in more remote areas such as the Alps or northern Portugal. Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.




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Autumn, Winter, Spring

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"Very interesting country, stunning scenery."
February 2017
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    Undiscovered Cape Verde (Grade 6/P)
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    28 Oct 2017
    Nights
    14
    Grades
    Grade 6/P
    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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    £2,399
    Undiscovered Cape Verde (Grade 6/P)
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    21 Dec 2017
    Nights
    14
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    Grade 6/P
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    London (Heathrow)
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    Undiscovered Cape Verde (Grade 6/P)
    Date
    27 Jan 2018
    Nights
    14
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    Grade 6/P
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    London (Heathrow)
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    Undiscovered Cape Verde (Grade 6/P)
    Date
    03 Mar 2018
    Nights
    14
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    Grade 6/P
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    Undiscovered Cape Verde (Grade 6/P)
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    27 Oct 2018
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    14
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    Undiscovered Cape Verde (Grade 6/P)
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    19 Dec 2018
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    14
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  • Itinerary
    28 Oct 2017 - 11 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - Santiago
    Fly from London Heathrow to Praia, on the island of Santiago (via Lisbon). On arrival, transfer to our hotel in Cidad Velha for two nights’ accommodation.

    Day 2 - Santiago
    We’ll visit the historic village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a verdant ribeira walk to the sea, passing a baobab or two on the way.

    Day 3 - Santiago
    Today we continue to São Domingos, and Rui Vaz, in the interior of the island, where we stay for three nights’. There will be time for an afternoon walk from our hotel. Note: As our stay in Rui Vaz is in the mountains, you will find the temperature here cooler and the day often starts with misty mornings.

    Day 4 - Santiago
    From Rui Vaz we’ll see spectacular craggy mountains that offer a wonderful contrast to our time spent on the coast. Walks afford views across the island, of the mountain peaks and there is plenty of opportunity to encounter local, rural life and perhaps the odd donkey!

    Day 6 - São Vicente
    We leave Santiago today and take a flight to São Vicente. We’ll have an orientation walk of Mindelo.

    Day 7 - São Vicente
    Our afternoon walk on the island offer superb views, wild scenery and sandy beaches.

    Day 8 - Santo Antão
    We’ll take the ferry from São Vicente to Santo Antão this morning (possibly with an early start) for six nights’ accommodation. This is a wonderful island of high peaks, rugged cliffs and deep ravines and offers some of the best scenery of the holiday.

    Day 9 - Santo Antão
    During our time on Santo Antão our walks take us on cobbled paths with views into the ribeiras, passing an extinct crater, into verdant valleys and along coastal paths. We’ll also get an insight into rural island life seeing small hamlets and cultivated terraces.

    Day 14 - São Vicente
    We return to Mindelo on São Vicente by ferry for our last night in the Cape Verde islands.

    Day 15 - -
    Depart São Vicente Airport to London Heathrow via Lisbon.


  • Accommodation
  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport/port transfers.
    • B&B en suite accommodation.
    • Dinners at hotels and local restaurants.
    • Inter island flight and ferries.
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Explore the dramatic canyons and fertile oases of Cape Verde’s "ribeiras".
    • Meet friendly farmers and children on cobbled mountain and coastal trails.
    • Discover Cidade Velha, the earliest colonial city - now a World Heritage site.
    • Enjoy the blend of African and Portuguese culture, music and cuisine.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
    • Flights Heathrow-Praia/São Vicente Island-Heathrow via Lisbon both ways (c7hrs + stop) TAP Portugal.
    • Provisional times Outward depart/ return arrival times vary please contact us for details.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return.

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When we visit

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February 2017
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