Welcome to São Vicente


For a break from the city, Mt Verde (750m), the island's highest peak and only touch of green, is an easy day's hike and offers panoramic views.

There are also windy but fine beaches at Baía das Gatas, Calhau and Salamansa. The lovely bay off the latter offers windsurfing and kitesurfing classes – look for the Kitesurf Cabo Verde beach shack (two-hour windsurfing and kitesurfing classes €60 to €80).

Another popular weekend escape is Baía das Gatas, 12km from Mindelo, where you can swim in natural pools and dine in beachfront restaurants. Near the airport is the quaint fishing village of São Pedro, with a pretty beach and harbour.


Top experiences in São Vicente

São Vicente activities

$68.50 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

$45.67 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

$54.80 Outdoor Activities

HIKE CALHAU BAY DAS GATAS LITORAL AREA half day WITHOUT LUNCH

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productThe 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.Pass By: Mercado municipal mindelo, sao vicente, Mindelo, Sao Vicente

$43.39 Outdoor Activities

Sao Vicente Islans Cape Verd - HIKE MONTE VERDE WITHOUT LUNCH

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productThe tour starts at more than 400 meters in zigzag altitude between parallel stays cut in the mountain to the top of the mountain. Along the route and with backdrop to Bay of Mindelo and beyond, the view is simply breathtaking and 360 degrees depending on the framing. With a shortage of vegetation from November to June, Monte Verde becomes the dry mountain at this time of year, but the view is something indisputable.Duration: 4 hoursLocation: Monte Verde, Mindelo, Sao Vicente

$41.10 Outdoor Activities

HIKE RIBEIRA VINHA WITHOUT LUNCH

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productThe tour starts in the City, passes through the middle of the Historic Center of Mindelo, Lazareto and arrives at Ribeira Vinha, the entrance is an inhospitable zone between dirt roads where the brown prevails. The dry mountains and arid terrain change when it enters the cultivation areas whose agricultural land has vegetable production.Pass By: Mercado municipal mindelo, sao vicente, Mindelo, Sao Vicente

$45.56 Day Trips & Excursions

HIKE VALE RIBEIRA CALHAU WITHOUT LUNCH LEVEL III

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Mercado municipal mindelo, sao vicente, Mindelo, Sao VicenteThe tour is made by Ribeira do Calhau on a parallel road through fertile land in an area where the dryness predominates. Agricultural crops in small plots of land amidst dry vegetation are small Oases.