Foya Branca Hotel


São Vicente

Set in spacious grounds and boasting a peaceful and picturesque setting, Foya Branca is ideal for both an active and relaxing stay on São Vicente.

Our Expert Opinion

“One of a few hotels on São Vicente that has lots of outdoor space. You can unwind here, in tranquil surroundings and still have easy access to the nightlife in Mindelo.”

- Tony, Customer Manager


What we love

  • The gardens are spread over a large area, providing a relaxing, peaceful feel throughout the resort.

  • Sea View rooms are included as standard, offering outside space with wonderful views.


Good to know

  • Foya Branca offers a complimentary shuttle service to Mindelo, just a short drive away.


A hideaway on São Vicente

Set just 15 minutes from the eclectic town of Mindelo, Foya Branca is situated in beautifully kept gardens and offers plenty of peace and quiet after a day exploring the many attractions of the island. This is a hotel that caters to all kinds of holidaymaker. For those who want to simply relax, there’s a large pool which boasts fantastic sea views, and for beach lovers, São Pedro Beach offers a long, golden stretch of coastline just outside the property which is ideal for soaking up the sunshine. 

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The extensive grounds include two large swimming pools, a children’s pool and play area, plus a gym, tennis courts, pétanque and a giant chessboard. If you’re the kind of holiday-maker who prefers to get more active during your holiday, water sports can also be enjoyed from the beach including windsurfing and diving , while horse riding can also be organised, making for a great family day out. 


Guest rooms and dining

The comfortable guest rooms at Foya Branca are simple in design but blessed by superb sea views, helping you make the most of your enviable position on São Vicente. Set over two floors, the rooms are light and airy with good furnishings and facilities such as a television, air-conditioning and a safe.
Foya Branca offers a tasty buffet restaurant, while guests can also take advantage of two bars and a lunchtime snack bar in which to dine.  If you’d rather head out for dinner, you’re only a 15-minute shuttle away from Mindelo, where a great selection of bars and restaurants can be found, along with plenty of live music to give you a true taste of Cape Verdean culture. 


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 about a tailor-made itinerary.

Official local hotel rating: 4 star


What's included in your booking 

  • 20kg luggage allowance 
  • Return inter-island flights from Sal provided by BestFly
  • 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

  • Two swimming pools and children's pool
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Two bars: pool bar and snack bar
  • Fitness room
  • Tennis court
  • Pétanque, giant chess
  • Free shuttle bus service to town of Mindelo
  • Surf and dive centre 
  • Wi-Fi (free of charge by pool and snack bars)
  • 74 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Double or twin beds
  • Shower room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Small fridge
  • Television
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Balcony or terrace (sea view & triple rooms)


  • Beach: On São Pedro Beach  
  • Restaurants: 15-minute shuttle bus ride to Mindelo
  • Main Town: Mindelo
  • Airport: São Vicente - 5-minute drive by taxi transfer
  • Port for Ferry to Santo Antão - 20-minute drive

Travelling Between the Islands

Internal flights are provided by BestFly. 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 Santiago is approximately 45 minutes' flying time.

Rooms at Foya Branca Hotel

Double Sea View Room

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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Single Sea View Room

Sleeps up to 1 


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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.