7 days in Ilha do Sal, Sao Vicente & Santo Antao Itinerary

7 days in Ilha do Sal, Sao Vicente & Santo Antao Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cape Verde trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Sal Island, Taxi to Santa Maria
Santa Maria
— 3 nights
Taxi to Sal Island, Fly to Sao Vicente
— 1 night
Santo Antao
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mindelo - São Vicente, Fly to Paris Orly


Santa Maria

— 3 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. When in Santa Maria, make a side trip to see Buracona in Ilha do Sal, approximately Ilha do Sal away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Shark Bay, stroll through Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery, make a trip to Salinas de Pedra de Lume, and admire the natural beauty at Viveiro, Botanical Garden & Zoo di Terra.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Maria route planner.

Paris, France to Santa Maria is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cape Verde Standard Time (CVT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in March, expect Santa Maria to be much warmer, temps between 29°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mindelo.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:


— 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 1st (Wed): stop by Capvertdesign+Artesanato, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Verde, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mindelo online travel route planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Maria to Mindelo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santo Antao.

Things to do in Mindelo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): appreciate the views at Paul Tal, enjoy the sea views from Fontes Pereira de Melo Lighthouse, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cova - Krater.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santo Antao online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mindelo to Santo Antao by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santo Antao

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Ilha do Sal travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes. Developed largely thanks to the salt industry boom of the 1800s, today the island thrives as a vacation destination perfectly suited for keen surfers. The town of Santa Maria remains a major reason to take a trip to Ilha do Sal, appealing to travelers with its pastel-colored houses, lovely eateries, and well-equipped beaches.

Sao Vicente travel guide

Mountains · Monuments · Beaches
Island of Port Grande
Many locals regard Sao Vicente as a gathering place for the nation's greatest artists and philosophers. For visitors on vacation in Sao Vicente, the island represents a tropical heaven filled with shimmering volcanic beaches, historic monuments, and British colonial architecture. You can spend your time exploring the island's natural lagoons, which offer excellent conditions for all sorts of waters sports, like swimming, windsurfing, and snorkeling. Besides visiting the buzzing restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs, your Sao Vicente itinerary can also include tours of the nearby islands, accessible by ferry services.