Island Hopping from Sal
Visit Santiago, São Vicente, Boa Vista & Sal. Includes internal flights
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This tour introduces you to Santiago's bustling markets, nightlife, hiking trails and spectacular scenery, with time to also explore São Vicente and its capital Mindelo, the gateway to the stunning island of Santo Antão. In contrast, Boa Vista and Sal are renowned for having the best beaches in the archipelago.
After touching down on Sal board your onward flight straight to Santiago, the largest Island in the archipelago with craggy mountains and lush valleys, the extreme opposite to Sal. Built on a plateau of rock and overspilling onto the land below its steep cliffs, Praia, the capital of the island, is mostly African yet Mediterranean as well. The main square on the Plateau houses some noteworthy buildings including the old Palace of the Council, the Presidential Palace and the old Catholic Cathedral. A statue of Diogo Gomes, one of the two discoverers of Santiago, stands just outside the square.
On São Vicente, stay in the capital Mindelo where you will have plenty of time to explore. Mindelo, the capital of São Vicente, has plenty of places to observe Cape Verdean culture. At the Centro Nacional Artesanato it is possible to watch Cape Verdeans weaving cloth and making ceramics. There are an abundance of restaurants and bars that have live music, both morna, the bitter sweet sounds and the more lively funana. For something a little different, visit Santa Luzia, an uninhabited island close to São Vicente that has beautiful deserted beaches and dunes in the south which can be reached by finding a fisherman in Calhau who is willing to take you.
The rest of the trip is a more relaxing affair with time spent on both Sal and Boa Vista. The landscape on Boa Vista is ever changing with the spectacular moving with the winds. Saharan-like oases are dotted around the interior and depending on the time of year, turtles can be spotted on some of the beaches. A plethora of water sports awaits visitors to Sal and in addition to the white sandy beaches, the main attractions are the salt flats at Pedra de Lume. The natural swimming pools and underwater caves at Buracano are also great place to cool off for a quick dip.
14-night island hopping itinerary that explores four very different islands.
Regular departures available during the winter season (November to April), with days of the week dependent on international flight departure days from your choice of UK airport.
2 nights in 4 grade Pestana Tropico Hotel, Santiago
3 nights in 3 grade Oasis Porto Grande Hotel, São Vicente
4 nights in 4.5 grade Iberostar Club Boa Vista Hotel, Boa Vista
5 nights in 5 grade Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
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Upon your arrival in Sal after your international flight, you will travel to Boa Vista and return to Sal by internal flights. These flights are provided by Binter and, whilst every effort will be made to book direct flights, these flights may be indirect due to scheduling limitations.
It should also be noted that internal flights can, and do, see schedule changes and flights are sometimes cancelled, delayed or even early!
Due to the travelling involved on our island hopping itineraries we don’t recommend this type of holiday for young children.
Days 1 to 2 - Pestana Tropico Hotel
Room Type: Standard Room Pool View
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Pestana Tropico is a comfortable hotel located on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
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Days 3 to 5 - Oasis Porto Grande
Room Type: Standard Room
Oasis Porto Grande is a comfortable hotel next to the central square of vibrant Mindelo, one of the most important cultural centres of Cape Verde.
Days 6 to 9 - Iberostar Club Boa Vista
Board Basis: All-inclusive
Boasting a remarkable location overlooking one of the finest beaches in the whole of Cape Verde, the Iberostar Club Boa Vista promises an unforgettable stay amid the coastal beauty of this alluring island.
Days 10 to 14 - Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
Room Type: King Guest Room
An exciting and rewarding Hilton resort, based beside the stunning sands of Santa Maria Beach, promising a fulfilling holiday experience on the island of Sal.
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