Santo Antão & Sao Vicente Hiking Holiday in Cape Verde

Discover two of the most beautiful islands in Cape Verde on this Santo Antão & Sao Vicente hiking holiday.

8 days
€850 to 960
Santo Antão & Sao Vicente Hiking Holiday in Cape Verde

This extraordinary Santo Antão & Sao Vicente hiking holiday takes you on a discovery of two of the most beautiful islands in the Cape Verde archipelago, offering breathtaking scenery, unspoilt nature and a unique cultural wealth.

After exploring the picturesque lanes and sampling the local culinary delights, you’ll set off on a series of hikes through the varied landscapes of the island of Santo Antao, renowned as a hiker’s paradise. Here, you’ll be surrounded by majestic mountains, deep ravines and fertile valleys. You’ll follow winding paths through sugar cane plantations, terraced fields and lush forests. The breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean will leave you speechless at every turn.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights included Round trip boat tickets Sao Vicente – Santo Antao
  • Luggage transfers
  • Necessary private car transfers for the normal progress of the trip
  • Tourist tax of 2 €/person/night
  • Accommodations with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned as included
  • French-speaking local guide for the entire circuit
  • Activities as indicated in the program

Price Excludes

  1. ​Drinks (water & others)
  2. Me​als not mentioned as included (count approximately 5€ for lunch, 12€ for dinner, excluding drinks)
  3. International and internal flight plan
  4. Personal expenses and tips
  5. TSA (Airport Security Tax)
  6. Repatriation insurance
  7. Travel insurance
  8. Anything not indicated in "The price includes"

What to expect

Santo Antão & Sao Vicente hiking holiday in Cape Verde

Day 1 - Arrival in Sao Vicente
Arrival at Cesaria Evora Airport. Welcome and transfer to the city center of Mindelo, then check-in at the hotel.

Meals are not included.

Day 2 - Santo Antão Island: Forquinha Pass
In the morning, you will be taken to the port for a 1-hour boat crossing to reach Santo Antão Island.

From there, you will be transferred by road to Alto Mira, the starting point of your hike to explore the semi-arid landscapes, passing through cultivated oases and sharp basaltic cliffs.

You will descend on foot to Chã de Morte, where you will spend the night in a family guesthouse.

Breakfast, picnic, and dinner included.

Walking time: 4 hours

Elevation gain: +380m Elevation loss: -490m

Day 3 - Corda Village, Ribeira Grande - Figueiral

Transfer by road to the village of Corda. This day allows you to discover the historic cobblestone road of Corda, which stretches for 36 kilometers, as well as the diverse landscapes it traverses.

From the village of Corda, descend towards Ribeira Grande, crossing the foothills of the valley, and reach your accommodation in Figueiral, where you will spend the night in a guesthouse.

Breakfast, picnic, and dinner included.

Walking hours: approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.

Ascent: 550m. Descent: 750m.

Accommodation: Guesthouse.

Day 5 - Coastal trail - Cruzinha - Fontainhas - Ponta do Sol
Hike along a paved path overlooking the ocean. In the afternoon, the trail passes through the peaceful and green valley of Corvo and then through Fontainhas, a perched village famous for its colorful houses, before reaching Ponta do Sol, the former thriving port of the island.

You will stay overnight in Ponta do Sol at a guesthouse.

Breakfast and picnic included.

Dinner is not included.

Walking hours: between 5 to 5.5 hours

Ascent: 690m Descent: 700m

Day 6: Paul Valley - Vila das Pombas
Transfer by the coastal road to the end of the road in Paul Valley, located at the eastern tip of the island. Paul Valley is known to be the greenest and most cultivated valley in the archipelago, with terraces planted with coffee, banana trees, guava trees, sugar cane, orange trees, and various vegetables.

The end of the hike is along the seaside until you reach your accommodation. You will stay overnight in Vila das Pombas at a hotel.

Breakfast and lunch at a local home included.

Dinner is not included.

Walking hours: 5 hours

Ascent: 550m Descent: 750m

Day 6 – Tarrafal - Monte Trigo – Tarrafal
Coastal hike under the summit of the island, a volcano of nearly 2000 meters in altitude that plunges into the ocean, to Monte Trigo. This fishing village is cut off from the world and can only be reached on foot or by boat. Your return to Tarrafal will be on board a traditional fishing boat, operated by local fishermen (45 minutes).

Please note that this coastal return may be canceled without notice in case of bad weather conditions.

Walking time: 4 hours;

Elevation gain: 500m; Elevation loss: 500m

Breakfast, picnic, and dinner included.

Accommodation: in a hotel.

Day 8 - Departure from São Vicente
Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.

Breakfast included.

Day 7 - Return to Mindelo - Half day: Island Tour: Monte Verde - Baia das Gatas and Calhau.
Upon your return to Mindelo, there will be a short transfer to your hotel in the city center. After settling in, you will depart with your driver to explore Monte Verde, the highest peak of the island, offering panoramic views of the city and neighboring islands.

You will then descend and continue your journey to Baia das Gatas, followed by a scenic drive along the beautiful Praia Grande beach until you reach Calhau, a small fishing village.

After enjoying lunch at a typical restaurant, you will return through the central oasis of Calhau, where local farmers cultivate small plots and sell their produce at the markets in Mindelo.

Breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are not included and can be enjoyed at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel.


Santo Antão & Sao Vicente Hiking Holiday in Cape Verde: From €850 to €960 for 8 days

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