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.
Firstly overnight on the island of Sal, before you begin your island-hopping adventure.
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, try swimming with the resident turtles just off the shore reached by an excursion with local fisherman from São Pedro Beach.
Then onto 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.
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 sand dunes due to 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 golden 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.
The itinerary for this tour must start on a Monday for the internal flights to work. However, other UK departure days may be available, by doing the islands in a slightly different order. Please call for a tailor-made quote, with your choice of day and UK airport.
1 night in 5 grade Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
2 nights in 3 grade Oasis Porto Grande Hotel, São Vicente
2 nights in 4 grade Pestana Tropico Hotel, Santiago
3 nights in 4.5 grade VOI Praia de Chaves Hotel, Boa Vista
6 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 the other islands by internal flights. These flights are provided by BestFly and, whilst every effort will be made to book direct flights, flights from Boa Vista to Sal will be indirect due to scheduling limitations. There are currently no direct flights between Boa Vista and Sal.
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.
Day 1 - Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
Room Type: King Guest Room
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
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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Days 2 to 3 - 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 4 to 5 - Pestana Tropico Hotel
Room Type: Standard Room Pool View
Pestana Tropico is a comfortable hotel located on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Days 6 to 8 - VOI Praia De Chaves Resort
Room Type: Classic Room
Board Basis: All-inclusive
Boasting a remarkable location overlooking one of the finest beaches in the whole of Cape Verde, this property promises an unforgettable stay amid the coastal beauty of this alluring island.
Days 9 to 14 - Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort