Ilha de São Vicente Travel Guide

  • The harbour front in Mindelo
    The harbour front in Mindelo
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  • View from the room
    View from the room
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  • The pool area
    The pool area
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Ilha de São Vicente Things to Do

  • Hang out with the locals

    Laginha is the city beach of Mindelo. Hang out here for an entire day and you'll see most of the locals. There's a different crowd every hour, where families come early and young people spend the afternoon. There's fun, music, drinks... prepare for a very nice time.

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  • The portuguese architectonic legacy

    Here and there around the city of Mindelo we find several constructions still remaining from portuguese colonial times.

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  • Mindelo

    Mindelo is the main town in the island. In opposition to the lack of "life" around the island, Mindelo is a very vibrant town. Nice restaurants where lobster is a "must eat" dish and very unexpensive too. Even the nightlife is very surprising.

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  • Lack of vegetation

    The Cape Verde islands are of volcanic origin and São Vicente is one of the most arid. The lack of vegetation is impressive and only some tiny spots in the island have a few trees and bushes.

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  • A whole beach to yourself

    Near Calhau you find the Praia Grande, a very big and empty beach which comes alive in weekends only. You can have it to yourself the rest of the time. Mind the everpresent and lethal currents and you'll have a great time.

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  • The Eagle

    It was erected in order to memorize the first flight across the Southern Atlantic in 1922. The portuguese naval pilots Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral made a stop in São Vicente on their difficult way from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro.

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Ilha de São Vicente Restaurants

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    by Gido Written Oct 2, 2004

    Tradissom e Morabeza is one of the best restaurants on the island. It has traditional Cape Verdean food and great live music by local artists. Furthermore, the open roof adds a special flavour to an already wonderful evening. It's a great place. Jorge Sampaio, the president of Portugal, also had dinner there on his last trip to the islands.

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Ilha de São Vicente Nightlife

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    by Gido Written Sep 30, 2004

    There's loads of bars with live music in Mindelo, but 'le Café Musique' is probably one of the best. They have several concerts each week. You can also have a nice dinner here.

    Dress Code: no dress code in Cabo Verde

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Ilha de São Vicente Transportation

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    by brancolini Written Jul 17, 2003

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    The juvita is what we would call taxi cab, only you don't get on it by yourself. if there is someone to pick up, then welcome abord.
    It's cheap, fun and sometimes dangerous due to the careless driving and sinuous roads. But it's worthwhile

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