Difference between revisions of "São Vicente"
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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.
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.
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.