Welcome to Mindelo


Mindelo has long been the country's cultural centre, producing more than its share of poets and musicians, including the late Cesária Évora, and it's still a fine place to hear morna while downing some grogue (a rum-like drink). Savvy locals, plus a steady flow of travellers, support a number of cool bistros and bars.


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$57.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Tour of Sao Vicente from Mindelo

At 9.30am you will be picked up at your hotel in Mindelo by a bus with your guide (the groups are 2 -20 persons depending on the amount of people booked for the day). Afterwards you will go to city center and do your first walking tour.Mindelo has beautiful colonial architecture, being famous as a born place of Cape Verdean world-wide known singer Cesaria Evora (also called "bare-feet diva"), having rich history connected to British army and international trade from 18th till 21st century, because Mindelo bay is the biggest natural harbor in the world. Afterwards you visit the fish-market, harbor, famous Rua Lisboa, a house where Cesaria Evora was born, main square and many others.After (around 12:00), you enter the bus and continue to Monte Verde, the highest mountain of the island, with spectacular view over the island, where you can shoot great panoramic pictures. Then, you drive to Baia das Gatas, Calhau and Salamansa - fisherman villages on the north of the island. In Calhau there will be a 3 course lunch, dedicated mainly to typical local dishes (you have a choice of fish plate or meat).Around 2.30pm ypu will drink a coffee and leave the north-east back to Mindelo.On the way back you pass through Madeiral, a green long valley with many local farms - seeing plantations of banana, papaya, mange, palm dates, sugar cane, etc. You will return to your hotel around 4.30pm.

$69 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Island Tour, Sao Vicente

Tours begin with a pick up at your hotel and end with a drop off. Begin in the lively, colorful city of Mindelo at Praca Nova, see and hear about historical places where the people of São Vicente frequent.Travel along Avenida Marginal to Praia d Bote, Diogo Afonso, Belem Tower, and Fish Market, arrive at African Market, then take a stroll on to Church Square where the first community was established, head on to the Municipal Market* where an array of colorful fruits, vegetables can be seen.Take a scenic drive to Monte Verde, 750m or 2,460ft, the highest peak in Sao Vicente, here you will observe the greenest and most fertile place on the island, as most of it is claylike, you will have the opportunity to take wonderful pictures of the breathtaking panoramic views of the city and beaches that outline the outskirts of the island.Head to the town of Salamansa*, this is a charming fishing town, which we feel many have forgotten, the people are always happy to welcome guests!From Salamansa, we will ride to Baia das Gatas, this beach is one that is frequented by the locals during the weekends, looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is also home of the world famous international music festival, Baia das Gatas, an annual festival which occurs every August and bring artists and visitors from all corners of the world. Here you may take a dip in the clear blue lagoon.We will then head to North Baia, a small community, the beach here is sweeping of majestic white sand dunes.If you love plants, trees, vegetables, and agriculture, you will love the journey to our next stop, Calhau. Calhau is a small farming and fishing village also home of Vulcao Viana, an extinct volcano, there are several walking trails to reach the peak. We will stop to enjoy a delicious meal! Head to Valley of Calhau where we will see vegetation, animals, water water wells, windmills, and traditional farming.* If you would like to donate any fruits, vegetables, school supplies or gently used clothing to families in the village of Salamansa please plan to bring these items on our tour or you may purchase fresh produce when we visit the Municipal Market

$46 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half Day Island Tour, Sao Vicente

Begin in the lively, colorful city of Mindelo at Praca Nova, see and hear about historical places where the people of São Vicente frequent. Travel along Avenida Marginal to Praia d Bote, Diogo Afonso, Belem Tower, and Fish Market, arrive at African Market, then take a stroll on to Church Square where the first community was established, head on to the *Municipal Market where an array of colorful fruits, vegetables can be seen. Take a scenic drive to Monte Verde, 750m or 2,460ft, the highest peak in Sao Vicente, here you will observe the greenest and most fertile place on the island, as most of it is claylike, you will have the opportunity to take wonderful pictures of the breathtaking panoramic views of the city and beaches that outline the outskirts of the island. Head to the town of Salamansa*, this is a charming fishing town, which we feel many have forgotten, the people are always happy to welcome guests, there is also a beautiful church nestled on a small hill right on the beach, picture perfect! Really, there is no bad place to take a picture and make memories here! From Salamansa, we will ride to Baia das Gatas, this beach is one that is frequented by the locals during the weekends, looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is also home of the world famous international music festival, Baia das Gatas, an annual festival which occurs every August and brings artists and visitors from all corners of the world. * If you would like to donate any fruits, vegetables, school supplies or gently used clothing to families in the village of Salamansa please plan to bring these items on our tour or you may purchase fresh produce when we visit the Municipal Market

$111.79 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tour a SANTO ANTAO dia completo con Guia y Comida

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mercado municipal mindelo, sao vicente, Mindelo, Sao VicenteConsiderado uno de los productos más atractivos no sólo por los paisajes verdes, sino también por la gastronomía y "Morabeza" de la población, recorridos diferentes en senderos y carreteras en un verde al pie del cielo que deslumbra cualquiera y donde también puede disfrutar de una naturaleza virgen, anti-estrés y acogedor. La diversidad de las plantas, el verde alucinante y el cotidiano de las personas hacen de esta Isla una joya de la corona. Un mundo a la parte que sólo quien ha tenido puede describir.Duration: 8 hours

$36.80 Outdoor Activities

HIKE CALHAU BAY DAS GATAS LITORAL AREA half day WITHOUT LUNCH

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Mercado municipal mindelo, sao vicente, Mindelo, Sao VicenteThe tour starts at Calhau Fishing Village and cuts to Praia Grande, from Praia Grande to the termination point of the Tour is the entire north coast zone namely Praia Grande, Praia do Norte and Baia das Gatas. Along the way the mix of landscapes, lights and colors and clutter of waves in the turquoise sea is any phenomenal.

$29.90 Food, Wine & Nightlife

MINDELENSE NIGHT DINNER with LIVE MUSIC

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Mercado municipal mindelo, sao vicente, Mindelo, Sao VicenteMINDELENSE NIGHT With LIVE MUSIC NOTE: WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MINIMUM 2 Paxs, GROUPS FROM 15 PAX EVERY DAY