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UNDISCOVERED CAPE VERDE

Explore 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 entices you on the downward slope towards the white sand beaches, perhaps accompanied by a well-earned sundowner drink.

Tourism is still in its infancy here with the main development on 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. From Cidade de Tarrafal we walk in the Serra Malagueta Natural Park and enjoy the northern beaches.

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 Antao, 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 as we 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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When we visit

Winter, Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

14 nights

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"Met all my expectations"
April 2016
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    19 Dec 2016
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    28 Jan 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    19 Dec 2016 - 02 Jan 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 two 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 5 - Santiago
    This morning we’ll transfer by road to Cidade de Tarrafal on the northern coast, visiting the market-town of Assomada en route and going for a walk in the Serra Malagueta. We’ll stay in Cidade de Tarrafal for two nights’.

    Day 6 - Santiago
    From Tarrafal, we’ll enjoy a walk to an isolated lighthouse and visit a remote inland village.


  • Accommodation

    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.

    Hotel Cachoeira, Tarrafal, Santiago
    We stay at the Hotel Cachoeira, which is conveniently located right by the beach and also to the main square in town. The in house bakery serves a delicious range of pastries, light snacks and pizzas. The large cafe is open all day in case you would like some refreshment. Rooms are spacious and clean.

     

  • 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.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • All local transport costs.

    Supplement for single room £150


  • 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

Winter, Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

14 nights

Price from

£ 2450

"Met all my expectations"
April 2016
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