São Vicente Carnival Package

Island Hopping from Sal

4 night add on package on the island of São Vicente including excursions

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Experience the vibrant and exciting celebrations which make up Cape Verde’s most famous Carnival. If you’d like to take a short break from your beach holiday in Sal to experience an explosion of colour, music, dancing and festivities, visit Cape Verde during Carnival!

Our Guest’s Opinion

“The experience of the carnival was fantastic to see - so many local people coming together with hundreds of dancers, exotic costumes and huge floats, not to mention the samba music and singers.”

- Mrs Coleman, customer

Held 40 days before Easter on the island of São Vicente, this event really highlights what the island is known for – music! The streets and main square of Mindelo come alive with large floats and processions of glamorous dancers in Mardi Gras costumes, each competing to be the best. The atmosphere which takes hold of the town before and during the Carnival is truly infectious, and locals can often be seen practicing and perfecting their dance routines and costumes in preparation. 

When Carnival takes hold, the music and dancing often goes on until the early hours, so this is an experience best suited to those who are ready to embrace the festivities and get stuck in to local culture and celebrations! 

Staying at the Oasis Porto Grande Hotel means you’re in a great position to get involved with the Carnival celebrations, right on top of the main processions and in the heart of it all! You might want to upgrade your room to the 'Square facing' rooms if they are available, which means you will be able to enjoying great views from your balcony - just remember that the noise comes with the view! 

This package offers four nights (2-6th March 2019) on São Vicente. To make the most of the experience, we’ve included some wonderful tours in the price, to allow you really make the most of the time you have on the island… 

Day trip and tour of Santo Antão 
With beautiful green peaks, jaw-dropping ravines and impressive cliff-hanging towns, just an hour’s ferry ride away is Santo Antão. As part of this Carnival package, you’ll enjoy a full day’s tour of the island, weaving amongst the mountains, visiting a local liqueur distillery and towns such as Ribeira Grande, clinging to the edge of mountains. Be sure to bring your camera, the landscape here is phenomenal. 

Mindelo by night 
You’ll also get an evening to explore Mindelo, where we’ll show you around and take to you a typical restaurant where you can enjoy live music and an inclusive evening meal.

Half day tour of São Vicente 
Your half day tour of the island will involve a drive 750m up to Monte Verde (meaning green mountain), the island’s tallest mountain. From here, the panoramic views across Mindelo and beyond are breathtaking. You’ll visit some of the island’s most dramatic and varying coastline, as well as passing fishing villages and markets. 

Good to know

  • Parties are held in Oasis Porto Grande hotel before, during and after the Carnival. These parties are open to guests and the general public and take place on the terrace, involving lights and music playing until the early hours of the morning. Tickets to these parties normally go on sale two weeks before Carnival and are priced at approximately €20pp.
  • Monday evening is the parade of the School of Samba Tropical, which ends at Oasis Porto Grande hotel. If you wish, you can pre-book your evening meal at the Lobby Bar in advance (tickets normally on sale two weeks in advance, priced at approx. €15pp).
  • Tuesday (main Carnival day). If you wish, you can pre-book your lunch at the Lobby Bar in advance (tickets normally on sale two weeks in advance, priced at approx. €15pp). 
  • Guests staying at Oasis Porto Grande have free access to one side of the terrace at the front of the hotel in order to watch the parades. The terrace will be very busy during these times, as is the whole of Mindelo during Carnival time.


This 4-night add on package is not bookable online, however please contact our experienced sales team, who will be able to tailor make your holiday to include this wonderful once a year experience.


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This Carnival Package on the island of São Vicente is a 4-night add on package to your main holiday in Sal. Inter-island flights are provided by Binter. 

Departure Dates

This 4-night add on departs Saturday 2nd March 2019 from Sal and returns to Sal on Wednesday 6th March 2019.

What's included

  • Return flights from Sal to São Vicente
  • Access to UK airport lounge
  • Visas
  • Experienced and reliable resort team on hand to help 
  • Free Cape Verde destination guide
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast
  • Return airport transfers
  • Return transfers between hotel & ferry port
  • Return ferry to Santo Antão
  • Guided full-day tour of Santo Antão, incl. lunch
  • Guided evening excursion ‘Mindelo by Night’ including evening meal
  • Guided half-day tour of São Vicente

What's not included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Accommodation on the island of Sal
  • Meals not stated in the trip notes
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Single & upgrade supplements


4 nights Bed & Breakfast staying at Oasis Porto Grande Hotel (see the accommodation section below).
We have chosen Oasis Porto Grande Hotel for this 4-night holiday add on package so that you are based in the centre of the festivities. During carnival, the atmosphere is buzzing, and the partying in the street is something not to be missed. Being based in Mindelo, the hotel will be much noisier than at other times.

Please Note: The room type included is a standard room which are situated at the rear of the hotel. Rooms available at the front of the hotel (Square facing rooms) are on request, at a supplement. Please discuss this at the time of booking with our team.

Should you prefer a quieter option, Foya Branca is situated 10 minutes' drive from the main centre, and provides a regular, free shuttle bus service from the hotel, providing the best of both worlds – close to the action, and a restful nights' sleep.


Tour Accommodation

Days 1 to 4 - Oasis Porto Grande Hotel

Room Type: Standard Room

Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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