Island Hopping from Sal
Visit Santiago, São Vicente & Sal. Includes internal flights
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If you love beach and mountain holidays, you'll love this island hopping itinerary. Discover the markets, nightlife, music and mountainous scenery on Santiago and São Vicente before relaxing on the beach on Sal. On São Vicente you can also take a ferry trip to Santo Antão; with its rugged peaks, volcanic walls and ravines, it's one of the most impressive islands in the archipelago.
While on Santiago staying in the mountains, you'll have plenty of time to explore, with walking tours available from your doorstep through the dramatic mountainous scenery of the interior of the island. The rooftop restaurant at Quinta da Montanha serves traditionally cooked, home-grown produce and there is a bar with an observatory for viewing the panoramas and the night sky.
Excursions are available to allow you to visit Praia, which gives you a completely different experience of Santiago. 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. You may wish to explore the large African markets or the Cidade Velha, the old capital of Santiago until 1770. Today, the villagers live amongst the ruins of the numerous churches with the great hill fort behind them.
On São Vicente, Mindelo is a vibrant and exciting city that is generally considered to be one of the cultural centres of the islands and is rightly proud of its rich traditions in art and music. The cobbled squares, wide streets and 19th century European architecture is reminiscent of colonial times past.
The neighbouring island of Santo Antão is easily accessible by ferry for a day and boasts beautiful mountainous scenery, a popular choice for hikers.
With your last seven nights on the island of Sal, you have time to relax and make the most of the sun and sand, or take in some of the island tours or a spot of fishing or water sports to make the most of you visit to the islands.
14-night island hopping itinerary that allows you to experience the wonders of Santiago, São Vicente & Sal.
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 2.5 grade Quinta da Montanha Hotel, Santiago
5 nights in 3.5 grade Foya Branca Hotel, São Vicente
7 nights in 4.5 grade Hotel Morabeza, Sal
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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 - Quinta da Montanha
Room Type: Standard Room
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Quinta da Montanha is a small, family-run hotel which is blessed by a collection of fantastic mountain views.
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Days 3 to 7 - Foya Branca Hotel
Room Type: Double Sea View Room
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.
Days 8 to 14 - Hotel Morabeza
Room Type: Double Land View Room
An immaculately kept, family-run hotel boasting great facilities and direct access to Santa Maria’s golden beach, it’s no surprise that Hotel Morabeza continues to be voted the top hotel by our guests.
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