The Cape Verde Islands are located in the mid-Atlantic Ocean some 300 miles off the west coast of Africa. In 1462, Portuguese settlers arrived at Santiago and founded Ribeira Grande (now Cidade Velha)--the first permanent European settlement in the tropics. Mindelo on the isle of São Vicente is Cape Verde's cultural capital and has, by far, the most attractive city centre in the Cape Verde Islands with charming colonial buildings, cobbled streets, and numerous cafés and restaurants.

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Mindelo (Sao Vicente)

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  • Sao Vicente As You Please

    Explore Mindelo's finest beaches, historic and cultural landmarks at your leisure during this private, half-day orientation tour of São Vicente Island.

    Depart the pier in a private van for an orientation drive through São Vicente Island. Along the way, your guide and driver will take you to the island's finest beaches, as well as the historic and cultural landmarks found in the island's interior. Sites to be seen include Monte Verde, Praia Grande, Catfish Bay Beach, Calhau Valley, Fortim Del Rey, and more.

    Following your private tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is priced per vehicle, which can accommodate up to eight guests. Your guide will be a local college student.

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  • A Taste of the Island, Sites and Panoramic Views

    Experience the local lifestyle, culture, history and sites of Mindelo during a half-day tour of this scenic port city.

    Depart the pier for a guided orientation drive through Mindelo. Along the way, you will explore the city's local lifestyle, cultural, history and interesting panoramic sites.

    Your visit will conclude at Catfish Bay Beach. Upon arrival, you will be served local appetizers, Portuguese wine, soft drinks, beer, and water. You will also be entertained by a Carnival exhibition on the beach that includes a Capoeira dance show, and local traditional music featuring violins and acoustic guitars.

    Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier.

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  • Mindelo City Walking Tour

    Explore the local history, culture and lifestyle of Mindelo during a scenic and informative walking tour through the city.

    Depart the pier for the brief transfer into Mindelo, a small, clean and quiet city featuring colorful, Colonial-style houses and buildings. Upon arrival, you will commence your guided walking tour. Along the way, you will meet local residents and see historic landmarks that include the National Handicraft Museum, or Centro Nacional de Artesanato, the Mindelo Cultural Center, Independence Plaza, the Amilcar Cabral Garden, the vegetable and fish markets, and local churches.

    Your tour will conclude at the Porto Grande Hotel, where a brief stop will be made for refreshments that include local beer, coffee, soft drinks or water, with entertainment provided by a local musician.

    Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the brief return drive to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking, mostly over flat surfaces, with 30 steps to negotiate.

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