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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$57.91 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.

$34.17 Day Trips & Excursions

Mindelo Guided Day Tour

At 9am you will meet with your guide on Praça Nova (the main quarter). Your driver will pick you up 10 minutes before at your hotel and drive you to the meeting point. From there you’ll walk to the first bus stop (the bus tickets are included in the price) and you will drive to one of the view point of Mindelo (Cruz). Mindelo was built around huge harbor on the mountains surrounding the bay, so that there are many nice view points, where you can shoot great pictures. But, you will visit more of them! After you'll continue walking to suburb Chã do Alecrim, watching the real life of the Cape Verdeans. Continue on to the main road close to the shore, and visit the fish market, what a unique place, since Mindelo has plenty of fish and you will see so many fish species, shouting fisherman and their women selling the fish, huge tunas and tons of common fish. After you’ll be taken to a local school (using another bus), where the kids prepared for you self-made postcards, which you can buy from them (and like that help to the school) and send them to your relatives as genuine regards from Cape Verde! Changing the bus line, you’ll approach the Ribeira Bote, the poorest, but at once one of the most interesting parts on Mindelo. You will be invited to the houses of the people, you will see local artists and learn about the rich history of this place. Another bus will bring you to the highest point of the City, but just close to it – you will have to walk up around 400m (bring comfortable shoes). This place used to was a military base with the guns protecting the air-space during II. World War. No single shot was done – the war passed by without harming Cape Verde. From this point you will have panoramic view over the whole bay and whole Mindelo. Then you will do the shopping either for school kids or for another people in need you met during the day and after lunch you and your guide will deliver your appreciated help on spot.  After you will go for a lunch at around 1:30pm at a beautiful restaurant close to the Marina and fishing center. The lunch in value of 13 EUR is not included in the price of excursion. Of course, after good food, nobody wants to walk a lot, so you will take the bus, which is having the longest route and drives practically around the whole City. In the afternoon, once you’ve made already new friends in Mindelo (or with your group members), you will head back to Praça Nova and since as of now you know the City perfectly, around 4pm your tour will end.

$171.41 Day Trips & Excursions

One Day Trip from Mindelo to the wonder island of Santo Antao

At 07:30 am we will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the harbor, where the ferry (leaving at 08:00 am) will take on hour to reach the island of Santo Antão, called by the locals “Ilha das Montanhas” = Island of the Mountains and considered by majority of the tourist as a most beautiful island of the archipelago. Our guide will welcome you at the harbour of Porto Novo and let the adventure begin! One of the highlights is the mountain road called “Estarda de Corda”. It took more than 13 years in the 60’s of the last century to build 34 km long road connecting the south and the north coast. Stopping at Pico da Cruz (1.550 m) to make a short walk into the pine forest, enjoying incredible scenery over Cova volcano crater with its colourful agricultural fields, we will be amazed by incredible views over the canyons at Cha de Mato. Then we will visit the town of Ribeira Grande with its colonial architecture that used to be economical and cultural capital of the island. From there the road will lead us to Vila das Pombas – the entrance gate of the greenest valley of the archipelago. Driving up among sugar cane fields and fruit-tree plantations / mango / papaya / banana / etc … we will stop for 3- course lunch at an ECO-farm (one drink included, other paid on spot). Before heading back to the harbour via newly build coastal road, we will visit a distillery and taste the famous local rum called “grogue”. The ferry will get us back to Mindelo at 06:00 pm and we say “bye-bye” after transferring you back to your hotel.

$45.17 Shore Excursions

Mindelo Shore Excursion: Full Day Island Tour

Once your cruise ship docks and you disembark, a minibus will be waiting to pick you up at the harbor of Mindelo at 9am. Along with visiting the most important historical monuments of the Old Town and the fish market, which is a huge part of the local industry and it ensures all seafood served is fresh and delicious, you will also be guided around the suburbs to reach the breathtaking viewpoints overlooking the city and the bay. Next head to the house where Cesaria Évora (the bare-feet diva) was born. Her award winning voice made Cape Verde known worldwide, and enjoy her music as the tour travels around the city. Continue to discover this amazing island by following along the road to Madeiral. With a quick stop for lunch, enjoy typical Cape Verdean meal waiting for you at an ECO-farm. During the welcome cocktail, listen to the local guide explain the special agriculture practiced on this dry island before continuing down the Ribeira de Calhau, where you will have the opportunity to watch the traditional way of life of the small farmers. Take in the white sandy beaches of the fishing village of Calhau and the dunes of Praia Grande, these lovely locations will quickly fill-up the memory cards of your camera with their spectacular views. Next stop is planned at Baia das Gatas, famous for its mid-summer international music festival, accepting as many as 40,000 people a year to enjoy the music and for the calm waters of its lagoon. The last stop is on top of the highest mountain of São Vicente – Monte Verde (774m), from there you will be able to overlook the entire island and, if the weather permits, the islands of Santo Antão, Sao Nicolau and Santa Luzia. The tour will then return you to the dock around 4pm.