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Sao Vicente is an island of Cape Verde. Activity on the island is centered around the city of Mindelo, which is the cultural capital of the Cape Verde islands. There are few tourist attractions and hence is not as popular a destination as other islands, however the looming mountains, sandy beaches and little fishing towns give Sao Vicente a certain charm.

The island is largely desertified and what few plants there are are either farmed or at high altitude. All major towns are connected by cobbled roads and are no more than ~30 mins drive from the capitol, Mindelo. Money has been spent on tourist projects, with the aim of attracting people to the island, however several of these sit empty, waiting for travelers to arrive.

Get in

Flights with TACV or Halcyon go from São Pedro airport to Sal and Praia.

A line of taxis wait outside the airport ready to take you to Mindelo for 800$ during the day and 1000$ in the evening. You can also walk the 100m from the airport up to the main road. From there it is probably possible to flag down an aluguer.

Get around

Buses around the island are limited and start in Mindelo.

Taxis are common around Mindelo and will travel to any town connected to the city by road. Off-road travel costs more, even for short distances. A typical fair to Calhau from Mindelo is around 1500$.

Aluguers are easy to find around the market places in Mindelo and at the main road junctions/roundabouts on the island, and are cheaper than taxis. They can often be flagged down.

Cars and off-road vehicles can be rented from the centre of Mindelo. A small 4x4 can cost ~4000$ a day (~40€). A lot of people who live on the island cannot afford cars and choose to walk between villages on foot. They can often be seen trying to flag down any passing car, and this can be a way of travelling the island for free. If you are driving, hitch-hikers are friendly and grateful for the transport.


Abandoned farm on top of Monte Verde, looking towards Baia Das Gatas
  • Monte Verde. The highest point on Sao Vicente at 725 metres (2,379 ft). Climb the precarious mountain road (cobbled) by foot or by car and visit the islands only nature reserve. The top of the mountain hosts several communications towers and is the only place on the island you will find a variety of wild green plants. There are some abandoned farm buildings which people apparently use in the wetter months of the year to grow some vegetables on the island. The views of Mindelo and the surrounding area are beautiful and well worth a look. Aluguers and taxis can drop you at the bottom of the track up to the mountain as it is just off the main road between Mindelo and Baia Das Gatas.






Get out

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