Type of stay :
Localities visited :
Mindelo, Ribeira Brava, Tarrafal
Length : 8 days
Visit two sister islands and their common history, whose fate was often linked with one another in the past; if Mindelo in São Vicente was able to develop, it's thanks to the support of the people from São Nicolau - where every family has at least one relative living in São Vicente.
More agricultural, less elegant and more isolated than its neighbour, some areas of São Nicolau seem to have stopped in time. The inhabitants of Mindelo like to return from Tarrafal or from Ribeira Brava with the impression that they were, for a limited time, back in the Mindelo of the past.
Impressive panoramas, beautiful colonial architecture, a lively and desirable quality of life, surprising beaches: São Nicolau is like a secret shared by close friends - make the most of it!
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Tour designed for passengers of TAP direct flight to São Vicente.
Mindelo is not just about Carnival and parties. There's its majestic bay protecting ships from around the world, the colourful façades, its vendors - with a bucket balanced on their head, selling fish or the vegetable of the day. It's about its youth who meet every evening around the main square. Mindelo is also the home of Cape Verde Trekking. Transfer from the airport to our hotel and night in the historic heart of Mindelo.
Transfer by plane to São Nicolau, the archipelago's well-kept secret, only known by insiders. The island seems to be forgotten, yet it generously provides us with a variety of breathtaking landscapes. We discover the Dracaena Draco, scientific name of the Dragon Tree - a centuries-old tree with a distinctive shape, so special it can only be found in Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira. Its sap of bright red colour (called Dragon's blood) is used as a natural dye. Night in a guesthouse in Vila de Ribeira Brava.
Listing the names of those who shaped Ribeira Brava is the best way to tell its story: the Cathedral, its first high school run by priests and seminary... The city was once an important, if not essential actor in the development of the archipelago - until other cities, such as Mindelo, Praia and Santa Catarina expanded and took over. The Carnival in Ribeira Brava may not be famous, but it's the only one truly able to compete with the one in Mindelo. Night in a guesthouse in Vila de Ribeira Brava.
Transfer to Tarrafal. We can either hop in or choose to only send our luggage while we enjoy the landscapes of this pure, authentic and fascinating island by hiking, at your own pace. Night in a guesthouse in Tarrafal.
The real gateway to São Nicolau is to be found on the Western side of the island, in Tarrafal - also the home of the few economic activities of the islands, such as the famous tuna cannery. The black sand of a nearby beach is said to have therapeutic properties. Night in a guesthouse in Tarrafal.
Return to Ribeira Brava (called Stancha in Creole). São Nicolau is intimately related to Chiquinho, the work of art, emblematic of Cape Verde, written by Baltasar Lopes da Silva, himself a native of the island - founder of the Claridade intellectual movement, the one that later spawned the independence movement (that reached its goal in 1975).
Every family has at least one relative living in São Vicente: no wonder, after spending five days in São Nicolau, that someone asks us to bring back a few gifts to São Vicente for somebody they know. Let's go to Laginha today! It is Mindelo's beach, full of athletes, womanizers, bodybuilders, children; it's also the hottest spot to exchange gossips. Laginha is the ideal place to have a drink in front of a pink, yellow or orange sunset - depending on the time of the year. Night in the historic heart of Mindelo.
Last breakfast, Cape Verdean style. Transfer to the airport. Slowly and insidiously, we might feel the first signs of the famous sodade or nostalgia that Cesária Évora sung about. And do you know what? The song was written in São Nicolau and says: “nostalgia of my far away country, sodade for my land of São Nicolau...”
Domestic flights Sao Vicente > Sao Nicolau > Sao Vicente incl. Taxes
7 overnights with breakfast, incl. Overnight tax
All airport-, harbour- and other transfers mentioned in the program
Our 24/7 emergency service
Not included services:
Visa for Cape Verde (25 EUR)
Not mentioned meals and all drinks
All services that are not mentioned
Included meals are mentioned as follows:
B= breakfast; LB= Lunchbag; CB=coffeebreak; L= lunch; D= dinner
Price per person
399 € based on two people sharing a double room
379 € based on four people
The prices for inter-islands transport vary in certain periods of the year, we may sometimes be required to change the prices shown here : no last minute surprises, we will inform you as soon as our first message.
Single room extra charge: 75 EUR per person