Don Paco Hotel


São Vicente

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Boasting a fantastic location in the heart of Mindelo, the vibrant capital of São Vicente, Don Paco Hotel is a comfortable and convenient base for anyone heading to the island.


What we love

  • The staff here are really friendly and the service is good.


Good to know

  • Upgrading to a Suite is recommended if you would like some outside space. These room types are the only ones with balconies. 


In the heart of Mindelo

Enjoying a superb position just steps from the central square of Mindelo, the Don Paco Hotel is a city-style property that is an ideal choice for any visitor wishing to explore the archipelago’s capital of culture. Quality service and friendly staff are at the roots of Don Paco, and guests can expect a stay that’s full of smiles and assistance.

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The hotel itself is contemporarily furnished with comfortable, stylish rooms and large suites. The hotel’s restaurant, Restaurant Toni Duarte, serves Cape Verdean and international cuisine with a menu of the day or à la carte, whilst the Castilian-style bar is ideal for a cocktail or two after a day exploring the local area or heading over to neighbouring Santo Antão (which we highly recommend).

Exploring the town

Outside the doors of the hotel is Mindelo, home to a colonial history which can be encountered throughout the town, with its wide streets, cobbled squares and 19th-century architecture. Ensure you embrace and indulge in the vibrancy of the capital, whether through exploring a colourful local market or catching a live music performance, the choice is yours.

Getting to São Vicente

Direct International flights to Sal then internal flights to/from São Vicente.

São Vicente is best experienced as part of a multi-centre island hopping holiday around the archipelago. We offer a number of itineraries that include a stay on São Vicente. Visit our Island Hopping Holiday Ideas, or call one of our experts today about a tailor-made itinerary.

Official local hotel rating: 3 star

Our Expert Opinion

“A contemporary hotel, located just off the main square in Mindelo – this hotel is in a great location and acts as a good base to explore São Vicente.”

- Stacey, Marketing


What's included in your booking 

  • 20kg luggage allowance 
  • Return inter-island flights from Sal provided by Cabo Verde Airlines
  • Private airport transfers (where operationally possible)
  • Access to UK airport lounge
  • Airport Security Tax (TSA)
  • Experienced and reliable resort team on hand to help 
  • Cape Verde digital destination guide 

Hotel Facilities

  • Restaurant Toni Duarte
  • Castilian-style bar
  • Room service (payable locally)
  • Television lounge area
  • Lift
  • Wi-Fi free of charge
  • 44 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Double or twin beds
  • Shower room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Minibar (payable locally)
  • Satellite television
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer


  • Beach: Laginha Beach, 20-minute walk 
  • Restaurants: On-site. Five minutes to Marina or town
  • Main Town: Mindelo, located off main square near Marina
  • Airport: São Vicente - 15-minute drive by private transfer
  • Port for Ferry to Santo Antão; five-minute walk

Travelling Between the Islands

Internal flights are provided by Cabo Verde Airlines. It should be noted that internal flights can and do change schedules and flights are sometimes cancelled, delayed or even early!

Travelling time between Sal and São Vicente is approximately 45 minutes' flying time.

Rooms at Don Paco Hotel

Standard Room

From £1,149pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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From £1,240pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.


Hotel Restaurant, Oasis Porto Grande Hotel, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Hotel Porto Grande

International Cuisine

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Casa Café Mindelo

Cape Verdean

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O Cocktail

O Cocktail

Pizzeria & cocktails

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Chez Loutcha

Chez Loutcha

Cape Verdean

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Le Goût De Grills


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About the Local Area

São Vicente is home to Mindelo, the island's capital. Mindelo is the cultural capital of the islands and is a wonderful stop to include in any Cape Verdean itinerary.

Mindeo is proud of its rich heritage and traditions with art, music, and vibrant nightlife. The lively buzz of music from local bars, clubs and cafés will draw you in, where you can enjoy refreshing drinks and delicious food.

By day, pay a visit to Laginha Beach, the pristine white sand bay and Kalimba beach bar are the ideal home for a beach lover during their holiday. Casa Café Mindelo is a favourite, be sure to taste the grogue, a local beverage that comes in a variety of flavours.


SãO Vicente hosts two of the most lavish events in the archipelago - Carnival!

  • Carnival - Held each February, 40 days before Easter. Outfits are inspired by Rio the estival in Brazil, with a Portuguese flavour mixed in. We do offer a four-night Carnival add-on package too.
  • There is a great beach festival held in August during the full moon, attracting visitors and musicians from across the archipelago.



This is the island's highest peak, once you've reached the top (this can be done by car or by foot), the panoramas are magnificent. Allow them to take your breath away as your embrace the 360 views. You will be able to look over the whole city of Mindelo and out across the Atlantic.


This is highly recommended, as it is just a one-hour ferry ride across to the neighbouring island, and the only way to visit is from São Vicente. Experience the beautiful green peaks and the multitude of hiking routes.


The island's beaches are rugged and beautiful, slightly different to those of Sal or Boa Vista, but boast enough charm of their own. 


It is in a fantastic location and boasts a delicious menu. Try the Cape Vedean classics whilst soaking up the excellent atmosphere and music.