Cape Verde offers beautiful landscapes, deep blue seas, exceptional walking and a warm, sincere welcome. Bring your sense of adventure and pioneering spirit for a truly memorable guided experience.
Tourism is still in its infancy here, with most of the development in the eastern islands. Instead, we head for the geologically younger, more rugged islands where walking is superb, and the way of life remains largely untouched. This is a destination which allows us to step back in time to when life was simpler, away from the hustle and bustle. As a result, facilities are at times more limited, hence the pioneer rating.
Our introduction to this archipelago is with the largest, and most diverse, island of Santiago. Here we first stay on the southern coast at Cidade Velha, before progressing to Rui Vaz in the mountains; here we observe life in the country’s interior. We then continue to the island of Sao Vicente where we explore Cape Verde’s cultural capital, the fascinating city of Mindelo, famous for its carnaval and where we’ll be able to see reminders of its British historical connections, plus enjoy a beach walk.
To reach Santo Antão, the westernmost island in the archipelago, we take a ferry and spend several days exploring the amazing network of ancient cobbled pathways of this walkers’ paradise. Views offered are amongst some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, with high sheer cliffs, deep valleys and ravines. Here we hit the trails to truly appreciate the stunning scenery. A day’s walking through the ribeiras on Santo Antao rewards us with stunning vistas over jagged volcanic mountain ranges, deep gorges and the wild sea.
We return to Sao Vicente for one night before returning to the UK.