Walking Holidays in Cape Verde - Multi Island Cape Verde


Multi Island Cape Verde - Multi-Centred
Holiday Highlights
  • Island hop between cultural São Vicente and fascinating Santo Antão,
  • Begin in the tranquil centre of the island, cross over old volcanic craters and witness the traditions of simple mountain life
  • Experience an unbelievable coastal walk, where you can spot dolphins, turtles and whales along the way


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Here is a brief description of the main walking holiday Cape Verdean Islands

Santiago, the largest island in the Cape Verde islands archipelago, it is host to the capital of the country, Praia. It is extremely mountainous with hardly any flat land on the island. The highest peak is nearly 1400m, which is the focal point of one of many natural parks in the country. The walking is varied with mountainous and historic walks available.
Fogo, is one of the most geologically dramatic of not only this group of islands but any worldwide. The island is dominated by a caldera, a partially collapsed giant volcano out of which is the relatively new volcano of Pico (2829m), the highest peak in Cape Verde.
São Vicente, This island is the smallest Cape Verde walking island we feature and it has the closest link with the UK. Its beautiful harbour was a major coaling station for British vessels en route to all parts of its empire. When oil replaced steam the British departed but left behind their architecture and some of its culture and language still used today. Here there is a climb to the top of the highest mountain.
Santo Antao, This is the most famous Cape Verde walking island being the second largest and we concentrate on the north east. Here is a spectacular landscape of jagged peaks either side of deep valleys (Ribeiras) where people live and farm clinging to the valley sides on perilous terraces. Bananas, cassava and sugar cane are grown as well as other seasonal fruits and vegetables. The coastline is no less dramatic with paths clinging to the side of dramatic cliffs and offering one of the best coastal walking experiences imaginable.
Sal is visited in addition to the four Cape Verdean walking islands. You may have to travel via Sal and stay overnight as only this island has both a non stop air link with the UK and good air connections with the other islands. The island is flat and dull for a walker, but it does have some excellent hotels for overnight stays or a relaxing few beach days at the end of the holiday.

The Walking – Guided  We offer this holiday on a guided basis. The paths are generally good and many are smooth cobbled mule trails. However, some can become overgrown or become indistinct amongst the terraces and vegetation. On Santo Antão a good head for heights is necessary both on the hiking trails and the mountain roads! This is a destination where a guide is a great asset to your Cape Verdian 'experience' as they can give so much local information and help you to experience island life (you will undoubtedly be invited for a delicious cup of Cape Verdian coffee at a friends' or relatives' house).  Guides are inexpensive and we offer a guided package where you will have your own private guide who will also ensure you receive all the necessary background to fully enjoy these islands. 

Getting Around – Inter Island We mainly use inter island flights as they are the most reliable and are the fastest way between the islands. Santo Antão has no working airport so we travel here by ferry regular from Sao Vicente and takes one hour. 

Southern islands 7 nights

Here is a typical itinerary. Please note, some changes may be necessary when flight times are known for your journey.

Day 1 Fly to Sal nonstop from the UK and connect to inter island flight to Praia, or fly directly to Praia via Lisbon. Transfer to your hotel in Praia, Standard or higher grade. Overnight Praia.

Day 2 Today there are two short walks, the first is near the original capital Cidade Velha walking in a lush green valley and finishing in the centre of the old capital which is now a village and a Unesco World Heritage site. It was evacuated after two attacks, the last in 1700. Then travel into the mountains for a short walk starting in the island’s Botanical gardens and finishing 300m higher in your hotel. This is your first introduction to the mountains of Cape Verde. Overnight Rui Vaz.

Day 3 Today, a choice!
Either walk from the hotel nearly to the top (the last section is not for walkers) of Pico d’Antonio (1394m) the islands highest mountain. It is only a 600m ascent leading through tranquil green areas of woodland then out onto the open hillsides, which offer long views southwards on a clear day as far as the sea and across to the island of Fogo. Overnight Rui Vaz.

Ascent: 600m. Descent: 600m. Distance: 9 ½ miles. Time: 5 ½ hours.

Or

Travel to Santa Malagueta and take a walk towards the coast. This walk in the northern part of Santiago leads from the main north-south road across National Park landscapes. This is an area where threatened endemic species are protected and which with its open landscapes gives you fine views to the west coast. Return to your hotel Overnight Rui Vaz.

Ascent: 200m. Descent: 400m. Distance: 7 ½ miles. Time: 5 hours.

Day 4 Early morning transfer to the airport for your inter-island flight to São Filipe, the capital of Fogo. In the afternoon take a walk around this small town and we will help you discover its history. Later take a walk along the black sand beach, it is only 1 ½ hours 3 ½ miles with negligible ascent and descent. Overnight São Filipe.

Walking on Fogo is guided only due to the recent eruption on the island. Transfers, guide and lunch are included.

Day 5 You can walk to the peak of the newly emerged side volcano after the eruption in 2014. The sulfur deposits are particularly impressive which you can admire during the walk overlooking the entire base of Caldeira. Overnight Portela.

Ascent: 280m. Descent: 280m. Distnace: 7 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 6 Today another choice! Either walk to the top of the imposing 2800m Mount Pico volcano and witness the traces of the 2014 eruption. A guide is essential for this trip which should be arranged with us to avoid disappointment. It is an early start and a challenging climb but an exhilarating ascent. Overnight Portela or return to São Filipe (higher grade).

Ascent: 1100m. Descent: 1100m. Time: 5 hours.

OR

Take a long but rewarding walk to Pai Antonio almost on the coast. Beginning from you hotel, you pass through lava fields until you arrive in cooler forest. This walk is a contrast to the climb of Pico. It offers a wonderful change of scenery as you walk down through banana and coffee plantations and fruit orchards as you pass locals at work.

Ascent: nil. Descent: 1300m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 7 If travelling back to Sal, transfer to the airport and fly back to Sal via Praia and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Sal.

If flying home from Praia, you can stay one more night on Fogo and undertake the alternative walk, or we have a third walk around the Caldera if in Portelo, guided only. Return to São Filipe or relax in your hotel if you stayed in São Filipe. Overnight São Filipe.

Day 8 Relax in the hotel before your transfer to the airport if staying on Sal. If staying in São Filipe, transfer to the airport for your flight to Praia.


Northern islands 7 nights

Here is a typical itinerary. Please note, some changes may be necessary when flight times are known for your journey.

Day 1 Fly to Sal nonstop from the UK and connect to inter island flight to São Vicente, or fly directly to São Vicente via Lisbon. Transfer to your hotel in Mindelo, Standard or higher grade. Overnight Mindelo.

Day 2 Transfer to port for an early ferry to Santo Antão where you are met upon arrival and transferred to the centre of the island at Cova de Paul. Start by walking across an old volcano crater now farmed as the soil is so fertile. After a short climb to the crater rim, descend on an amazingly steep, zig zag non vertiginous mule trail into the spectacular Paul valley passing farmer’s terraces clinging to the mountain side and with your first vision of Cape Verdean life and her happy, friendly people.  Walk to your chosen hotel. Overnight Paul Valley.

Ascent: 200m. Descent: 1500m. Distance: 5 miles. Time: 4 hours 30 minutes.

Day 3 Today is an easier day as you can take a circular walk from the hotel and discover the agriculture and people of this island followed by some relaxation at your hotel to enjoy the spectacular views and complete tranquillity. Overnight Paul Valley.

Ascent: 500m. Descent: 500m. Distance: 5 miles. Time: 3 hours.

Day 4 Start high in the centre of the island and walk down another steep valley going to the other side of the island. This walk has some vertiginous sections, but the trail is wide and with a small wall for comfort. As you descend you pass from the vegetated highlands through barren mountains sides to the fertile valley below. Return to your hotel. Overnight Paul Valley.

Ascent: nil. Descent: 1200m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 5 Morning transfer to Ponta do Sol and your new hotel where luggage is left and you set off on today’s walk - a complete contrast along the most spectacular coastal walk imaginable as you trek along an old cobbled path clinging to the cliff and often cut from the cliff itself. The sea crashes against the rocks below while turtles, whales and dolphins may frequently be spotted. Pass through villages clinging to the cliff side and at times descend to water level. Return to your hotel. Overnight Ponta Do Sol.

Ascent: 800m. Descen:t 800m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 5 hours.

Day 6 Today enjoy a wonderful undulating walk through fertile valleys and across low mountain ridges but never far from the coast.  The landscape is dramatic enhanced by friendly locals met on the way. The walk ends at an interesting place used by exiled Portuguese Jews and Lepers where you are met and transferred to the port for the late afternoon ferry to São Vicente. Transfer to your hotel.Overnight Mindelo.

Ascent: 400m. Descent: 800m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 5 hours.

Day 7 Optional walk to the top of the highest point on the island (720m), a steady climb that gives you ever changing views as you spiral to the top with commanding views over the whole island. Ascent 700m Descent 700m Distance 8 miles walking time 4 hours. Or, take an easy coastal beach walk. In the afternoon, explore the historic city of Mindelo with its strong British connections. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Sal and transfer to your higher or standard graded hotel on Sal. Overnight Sal. If travelling via Lisbon, stay another night in Mindelo.

Day 8 After a mornings relaxation or a visit to the Salt Pans, you are transferred to the airport for your afternoon flight back to the UK.

If travelling via Lisbon, transfer to the airport for your early morning flight.

 
North & South 14 nights

Here is a typical itinerary. Please note, some changes may be necessary when flight times are known for your journey.

Day 1-6 As Southern 7 nights itinerary.

Day 7 Transfer to the airport fly to São Vicente via Praia and transfer to your hotel. Overnight São Vicente.

Day 8 Rest day on São Vicente in a small coastal resort hotel.

Day 9-15
As Day 2 to Day 8 of Northern 7 nights itinerary.

Walk Grading

Guided Walking

We grade as Moderate, however as you would have your own guide you can vary the walks to your own abilities.  Vertiginous sections do exist on Santo Antão but there is virtually always a small wall along the path side for comfort.  The majority of paths are generally more than 1 metre in width and the local island council maintains the cobbled trails well - they are still used by locals interlinking villages as well as walkers!

Cape Verde hotels - Standard Graded

We a choice of Standard and Higher Graded hotels in most locations. In some there is no reasonable choice so we are just offering one category.

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Cape Verde hotels - all grades

We offer a choice of Standard and Higher Graded hotels in most locations. In some there is no reasonable choice so only one category is available.

Here are the Higher & Standard Graded Hotels so you can compare, you can mix and match and we would put a quotation together for whatever combination you wish.

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Cape Verde hotels - Higher Graded

We offer a choice of Standard and Higher Graded hotels in most locations. In some there is no reasonable choice so we are just offering one category.

Here are the Higher Graded Hotels:

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Availability Information

It is hot in the Cape Verde islands all year round with only a 6C difference between the highest (Sep) and lowest month (Jan). It is a dry country with almost no rain from November to June. Most rain arrives in September and one of the best times to go is October to December when the islands are at their greenest after the rains. When to book your walking holiday in Cape Verde - Multi Island Cape Verde

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