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.
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