Day trip

São Vicente Island: Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

São Vicente Island: Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From US$ 91.32 per person

Visit the historical heritage city, explore the valley of Calhau, and enjoy the most beautiful beach of the island.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the cultural city of Cape Verde
  • Visit local markets and buy souvenirs
  • Take beautiful photos from the Natural Park of Monte Verde
  • Relax on the most beautiful beach on the island
Full description
Starting from Mindelo, this full day trip includes most highlights of São Vicente Island. Explore Mindelo, the capital of the island, known as the most welcoming and attractive city in the country. Walk through the colonial buildings, visit its church, municipal and Afrikan markets, and enjoy a panoramic view of the capital from the top of Fortin.  Drive to the eastern part of the island where animals, endemic plants and farmland can be seen along the Calhau Valley. Here, take time for a delicious lunch in a local atmosphere, and enjoy the local cuisine. Next, visit the fishing village of Salamansa, Baía das Gatas, and pause for a swim at its beautiful beach before heading to the sand dunes brought by the wind from the Sahara Desert. Finally, drive to Monte Verde Natural Park and admire the stunning scenery of the entire island and, weather permitting, take stunning photos of other Cape Verde islands.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Guide/Driver
  • Liability insurance
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • For groups with less than 4 adult travelers, the bilingual driver himself may be the guide.
Customer reviews

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First, I have to make a reprimand. Somehow there were communication problems between GetYourGuide and the local provider, since the tour of Mindelo was in the description according to GetYourGuide, but the local provider knew nothing about it. In addition, we only had an English-speaking driver and no guide in the true sense. Nevertheless, he mastered his job more than excellently and at the end of the tour also made the tour of Mindelo and also visited additional sights with us. The GetYourGuide description didn't say anything about bathing suits either, but according to the driver, a one-hour stop at the beach in Salamansa is part of the program. Somehow there is a worm in there, so a correction of the description or a clarification from the local provider is necessary. All in all, it was a successful excursion thanks to the efforts of our driver. I cannot give GetYourGuide any praise

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June 2, 2022

As part of our cruise, we spent a day in the port of Mindelo, São Vicente. We were the only two participants. Our guide Freddy picked us up punctually at the agreed meeting point. Freddy speaks good English and explains very well. Monte Verde has a great view but you should bring a jacket or sweater as the strong winds are quite chilly. A bit of freezing is worth it for the view of Mindelo and the neighboring island of Santo Antao! During the tour, Freddy told us a lot about the way of life on São Vicente and the problems caused by climate change and Covid. In Porto Calhau we went for lunch on Freddy's recommendation. There was fresh fish typical of the country with various side dishes. We found the most impressive dune landscape south of Praia das Gatas with its unique play of colors. The times were strictly adhered to and we were back in port on time. Freddy, thanks for the nice day!

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April 17, 2022

Our guide Freddy was great, as was the bus for our group of 5 people. The tour of the island was very interesting. Lunch organized with Freddy was sensational. Gladly again

November 12, 2021

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