The Midj ma Fjon

The Midj ma Fjon


The Midj ma Fjon
A week discovering three different islands: Santiago the African, São Vicente the elegant and Santo Antão the tropical, breadbasket of the Northern part of the archipelago. You will experience contrasting atmospheres, but also a common sweetness of life.



Type of stay :

Island(s) :
São Vicente
Santo Antão
São Vicente

Localities visited :
Praia, Mindelo, Ponta do Sol, Paúl

Length : 8 days

Maximum difficulty : 0

This tour reveals the contrast between the Northern and the Southern islands. It seems as if the archipelago was made for travellers: ten identical islands would have been a bit monotonous, don't you think?

Each island is a small country of its own, with its unique geography, traditions, rhythm and language. With this one-week tour, you'll be able to unwrap the diversity of Cape Verde, not only in the landscapes but also among the people themselves. From the political and economic capital of Praia, to the mountains of Santo Antão almost entirely devoted to agriculture, to the bay city of Mindelo, influenced by foreign cultures such as of Great Britain, Brazil and the Mediterranean region.


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The Midj ma Fjon

Tour designed for passengers of TACV direct flight from Paris (CDG) to Praia - Santiago (RAI).

Day 1
Upon arrival to Praia with the flight TACV, we take a plane to the island of São Vicente. Transfer from the airport to our hotel in Mindelo, the proud cultural capital, with its music, the Carnival, the sailors' taverns - and let's not forget about the view upon the bay. As the famous barefoot diva Cesária Évora once sang: Quem ca ta conxê Mindelo, ca ta conché Cabo Verde: who does not know Mindelo, does not know Cape Verde. We spend the night in the historic centre of Mindelo.

Day 2
Ferry to Santo Antão, the green island. Be careful: the landscapes of this island are of breathtaking beauty. Upon your arrival, why not find a private taxi or take a public minibus (aluguer). The private taxi, more expensive, will lead you to your destination via the wonderful 'road of the Rope' (and it will stop if you want to take pictures), while most minibuses take the new coastal road, faster and more comfortable - also beautiful, but far less impressive than the road of the Rope.
You are free to decide where to spend your 4 nights in Santo Antão: may we suggest you stay in either Paúl or Ponta do Sol.

Day 3
Santo Antão marks the Northern and Western limits of the archipelago, which was designated as a geographic landmark in the Treaty of Tordesilhas in 1494 - dividing up the Spanish and Portuguese conquests. After Santiago, it is the second largest island in Cape Verde, and, with Tope de Coroa (1, 979 m), it has the second highest peak after Fogo. His high mountainous areas block the clouds on the Northern side, making the climate wetter, cooler, and more favourable for growing crops.

Day 4
From Ribeira Grande, you may head East along the sea, passing Sinagoga, the ruins of a former leper colony, which will soon give way to a tourist complex. Later, Vila das Pombas unexpectedly emerges around a curve. This lovely and prosperous town is located at the quiet end of the Ribeira da Paúl, probably one of the most beautiful landscapes in Cape Verde: an agricultural valley filled with the scent of sugar cane, dotted with quaint colonial houses and countless trapiches (cane mills) that produce the local rum called grog.

Day 5
From Ribeira Grande, if you take the route towards West, you land in Ponta do Sol: a small, pretty administrative municipality featured with a tiny fishing port, from which you can observe the hectic return of the fishermen. They must go through a rough and narrow channel, bearing a symbolic name: Boca da pistola (the mouth of the gun).

If you want to combine hiking with this stay, see our selection published on Cape Verde Trekking under the hiking section, there is something for everyone and for all levels.

Day 6
Ferry to São Vicente/Mindelo. Our Cape Verde Trekking tip: let's climb to the first floor of the beautiful covered market on Rua de Lisboa, from which we have a beautiful view of the stalls filled with vegetables. It is a known fact that Cape Verdean music calms sodade (a feeling best described as homesickness). Flight to Praia and night in the neighborhood called Plateau in Praia.

Day 7
Feel free to dive into the colourful markets of the Cape Verdean capital, or have a coffee with milk (galão) on the terrace of the trendy Café Sophia, in the Plateau - where we could also enjoy a very fine tuna carpaccio - and dine at the restaurant Quintal da Música before heading to the airport. Transfer to the airport.

Midj ma fjon: corn and beans, the two main ingredients in the Cape Verdean cuisine, used to make Feijoada or Kuskus (when corn is ground into flour using a traditional pilon). More importantly, corn and beans are inseparable from the start, as they are grown together and later simmered to make the famous Cachupa, the national dish of Cape Verde.

Midj ma Fjon, corn and beans, white and black... An allegory symbolising the ethnic and cultural diversity of the archipelago, whose inhabitants are proud of their broad palette of skin colours.


All transfers Airport - Hotel - Airport
Round-trip inter-island flights between Santiago - São Vicente in class T
6 nights in guesthouses/hotels
Day-use room (Day 7)
Round-trip ferry tickets São Vicente - Santo Antão
Tourist tax

Price per person

469 € based on two people sharing a double room

468 € based on four people

Price info

Single room extra charge: 143 EUR per person

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Levels of difficulty:

1 = Easy cheesy
2 = Easy
3 = Difficult in some places
4 = Intense
5 = Do not even think of it
* = Only with a guide

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