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UNDISCOVERED CAPE VERDE

from £2475
The Cape Verde Islands offer a unique blend of African and Portuguese history. We go to the geologically younger, where the way of life is relatively untouched by the outside world
  • Product Code 48950
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays
  • Grade Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

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 island west in 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 the UK.

Cape Verde offers beautiful landscapes, turquoise seas, exceptional walking and a warm, sincere welcome. Bring your sense of adventure and pioneer spirit, 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

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.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Praia return São Vicente to Heathrow via Lisbon both ways (TAP Portugal)
      Inter island flight and ferries
      Airport/Port transfers
      B&B en suite accommodation
      Dinners taken at hotels and at local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under Dates & Prices tab)

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 1
    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.
  2. Day 2
    We’ll visit the historic village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a verdant ribeira walk, passing a baobab or two on the way and the possibility of seeing kingfishers as we go. Dinner is at our hotel this evening.
  3. Day 3
    Today we continue to São Domingos, and Rui Vaz, in the interior of the island, where we stay for three nights’. En route we visit the town of Assomada, Taffafal on the north coast and enjoy a walk in the Serra Malagueta. 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.
  4. Day 4 to 5
    From Rui Vaz we’ll see spectacular craggy mountains that offer a wonderful contrast to our time spent on the coast. Walks offer picturesque views across the island of the mountain peaks and there is plenty of opportunity to encounter local, rural life and perhaps the odd donkey!
  5. Day 6
    We leave Rui Vaz today and take a flight to the island of São Vicente, where we spend two nights' in Mindelo.
  6. Day 7
    We orient ourselves in Mindelo this morning and enjoy an afternoon walk on the island offering superb views, wild scenery and sandy beaches.
  7. Day 8
    We’ll take the ferry from São Vicente to Santo Antão this morning (possibly with an early start depending on ferry schedules) for six nights’ accommodation. This is a wonderful island of high peaks, rugged cliffs and deep ravines and offers some of the best scenery, and possibly the best walking, of the holiday.
  8. Day 9 to 13
    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. We'll enjoy a mix of hotel and local restaurant evening meals.
  9. Day 14
    Depending on ferry schedules, we may have a morning walk on Santo Antão before we return to Mindelo on São Vicente, or perhaps further exploration of São Vicente.
  10. Day 15
    Our last day exploring the island of São Vicente before our final get together at dinner.
  11. Day 16
    We depart our hotel for the flight to Lisbon and onto London

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Praia return São Vicente to Heathrow via Lisbon both ways (TAP Portugal)
  • Inter island flight and ferries
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights; Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote
  • Arrival transfer by road c.45mins

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This is a Pioneer grade holiday and while all accommodation is in tourist class hotels, and rooms have a shower and wc, they can vary in ambience and standard. Cape Verde hotel ratings do not directly compare to European standards. We have chosen our hotels based on their location, access to walks and all are of a simple, yet comfortable standard.

Hotel Quinta da Montanha, São Domingos, Santiago
The hotel Quinta da Montanha is beautifully situated and has truly majestic views over the surrounding mountains. At 800m high, the hotel escapes much of the heat that can be found lower down on the island. The friendly and charming owner Lindorfo can sometimes be found serenading guests with his guitar!
The restaurant uses fresh local produce, often organic, and serves dishes based on what produce is available. Rooms are a good standard for Cape Verde, and some have views over the valley. The hotel also has a terrace and 24 hour front desk.

Hotel Limeira, Santiago
The Hotel Limeira is located near the historic old town of Cidade Velha, interestingly where Europeans first settled and began to develop the islands.
The hotel is well equipped for a Cape Verdean hotel, with an outdoor pool, bar and lounge and a restaurant where Cape Verdean as well as international cuisine is served.
All rooms have views of the sea and the mountains, air conditioning, mini bar, TV and en-suite bathroom facilities.

Residencial Ponta do Sol, Santo Antao
We stay at the Residencial Ponta do Sol, which is conveniently located on the main street of the town. The hotel offers en suite rooms, with either a sea or mountain view, plus a bar and restaurant.
 

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