Cape Verde walking holidays, North Islands

“A wonderful week of guided walking over the rugged foot paths and well-worn mule tracks of Cape Verde's north islands. Suitable for all relatively fit and experienced walkers.”


Mindelo | Santo Antão | Paul Valley | Ponta do Sol | São Vicente | Sal | Flexible guided itinerary to suit moderate fitness levels |

Description of Cape Verde walking holidays, North Islands

Throughout this Cape Verde walking holiday, you'll get to experience the very best of the north islands' naturally beautiful landscapes and wonderful climate.
We offer this holiday on a guided basis. In general, paths are in good condition and mule trails have been smoothed over time however, there are some that have become slightly overgrown and aren't sign-posted so please take this into consideration before embarking on a walking tour.

Also, in some areas, Santo Antao, for instance, heights a good head for heights is necessary with trails and roads at altitude offering amazing views and a bit of a challenge.

Guided walking holidays in Cape Verde. This is a destination where walking with a guide is a great asset to your Cape Verdean 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.

Several walking trails that we recommend take you on a round trip from your accommodation or include luggage transfer from one hotel to the next.

What level is this walking holiday in Cape Verde?
Due to the lack of sign-posting and the altitude, in places, we consider guided walking in Cape Verde to be moderate to challenging however. Guided walks can also be modified to suit abilities and levels of fitness however, in the main, most of the cobbled paths are well maintained and are commonly used by local people travelling between villages as well as other walkers making the most of captivating Cape Verde.

Getting around on a Cape Verde walking holiday
We recommend using internal flights or public ferries to get from one island to the next. For example, the ferry crossing from Santo Antao to Sao Vicente takes an hour and is very affordable.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

By ecological tourism like this to Cape Verde we are helping to conserve the pristine beauty of the island which could be lost were visitors not to come to enjoy this landscape.

We recommend the use of a guide for this holiday. Not only will the clients get to enjoy the beauty of these areas and to enjoy the local wildlife, flora and fauna but the guide is able to give them a greater appreciation of its importance to the islands.

We advise all of our clients to stay to the marked paths. This is to maintain the environment as they pass so that it remains pristine for walkers using the pathways in the future. We also advise that they take all of their rubbish with them until the end of the day and recycle or dispose of it as is appropriate.

Whilst the accommodation which we use is surrounded by the lush greenness of the hillsides and their vegetation they do not impinge on it. They also are in areas where it is possible to enjoy the wonderful vistas of the island.

The Impacts of this Trip

For all of our guided walking we use guides who have been guiding walkers in Cape Verde for a great many years. This enables our clients to benefit from hikes enhanced by our guides' local knowledge on the island's diverse flora, fauna and wildlife as well as in insight into how the islands work and their culture.

Wherever possible we attempt to make the most of local products and services which are available in order to enhance the holiday for our clients. This can include the use of local transport companies or car hire where necessary, as well as the locally owned and run accommodation hotels which we partner with on the island.

We believe it is important to work with the local community in order to maintain the beauty and splendour of the islands of Cape Verde as it currently is rather than it being spoilt, which could so easily happen were the local community not behind working to keep the island in it's diverse paradise.


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