11 days in Cape Verde Itinerary

11 days in Cape Verde Itinerary

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Fly to Sal Island, Taxi to Santa Maria
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Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal
— 4 nights
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Taxi to Sal Island, Fly to Sao Vicente, Ferry to Porto Novo - Santo Antão
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Santo Antao
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mindelo, Sao Vicente
— 1 night
Fly
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Boa Vista
— 3 nights
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Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is situated in the southern part of the island municipality of Sal, Cape Verde which has recently became a fishing and touristic city. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at C-Riders and Pedra de Lume Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Santa Maria and Shark Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Buracona in Ilha do Sal (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Viveiro, Botanical Garden & Zoo di Terra, stroll through Ponta Preta, stop by Djunta Mo Art, and don't miss a visit to Salinas de Pedra de Lume.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Maria travel planner.

Hammamet, Tunisia to Santa Maria is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cape Verde Standard Time (CVT) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hammamet in February; daily highs in Santa Maria reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Santo Antao.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

Santo Antao

— 2 nights

Island of the Mountains

The second-largest island in Cape Verde and the westernmost of Africa, Santo Antao offers dizzying sights of highlands ruptured with canyons, valleys, and gorges.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Fontes Pereira de Melo Lighthouse, then appreciate the views at Paul Tal, and then take a memorable drive along Porto Novo-Ribeira Grande Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Cova - Krater.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santo Antao journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Santa Maria to Santo Antao in 5.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mindelo.

Things to do in Santo Antao

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Mindelo, Sao Vicente

— 1 night
Situated on the northern tip of Sao Vicente island, the lively port town of Mindelo envelops crescent-shaped Porto Grande Bay and houses almost all of the island's population.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by Capvertdesign+Artesanato, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Laginha, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mindelo sightseeing tool.

You can ride a ferry from Santo Antao to Mindelo in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Mindelo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Boa Vista.

Things to do in Mindelo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:

Boa Vista

— 3 nights

Island of the Dunes

Sprinkled with sand dunes and pristine, sweeping beaches where turtles nest, the island of Boa Vista has been attracting more and more visitors looking to explore its remote trails and picturesque shore.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Un click per un Sorriso - The Shop, then stroll through Spiaggia Di Curralinho, then kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Mónica, and finally kick back and relax at Praia de Chaves. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Boa Vista day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Mindelo to Boa Vista takes 4.5 hours. March in Boa Vista sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Boa Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

Cape Verde travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Scuba & Snorkeling
The main islands of Cape Verde each offer something different, both in terms of natural wonders and cultural heritage. Descendants of Portuguese colonialists and African slaves, the locals mainly speak Creole and blend influences from Europe and Africa in their cuisine, music, and architecture. The largely unspoiled natural landscape includes mountain peaks, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, and wildflower-filled valleys. With the country experiencing a dry tropical climate, holidays in Cape Verde lend themselves to a range outdoor sports and activities, including windsurfing and lazing on a beach, hill walking, and diving.