São Vicente is a dusty, mountainous island. Monte Verde, the highest point on the island has some impressive views from the summit. The best view of the capital Mindelo is from Fortim d'El Rei, the old fort located on the headland to the east of the city. On the other side of the harbour is Monte Cara or 'Face Mountain' as it is known, a mountain with a human profile sculptured into it by erosion.
In Santo Antão, the jagged peaks, deep crevices, harsh volcanic walls, jaw dropping ravines and villages clinging to the sides of mountains are some of the most impressive sights in the archipelago. Although most tourists come to Santo Antão to hike the ribeiras, the views from the precarious roads can be appreciated by all. The highest peak is 1979m.
Santiago has two mountain ranges, the more northern Serra da Malagueta and the central Serra do Pico do Antonio (reaching 1392). It benefits from several permanent water sources and has lush green valleys and thriving plantations. The drive through the centre of the island is spectacular, with craggy cliff tops and views down the mountains on either side of the road. A trip to Santiago wouldn't be complete without spending some time exploring the capital Praia and taking a trip to the old capital Cidade Valha.
Fogo is the ultimate peak. Standing tall at 2989m Fogo rises sharply from the ocean. Cha das Caldeiras is the crater of the active volcano and is home to a race of people descended from a 19th century French nobleman. As well as the many walks on the island there are also some interesting lava tubes to explore. The islanders produce their own wine and it really wouldn't be a complete to visit Fogo without at least sampling a glass or two...