BEAUTY AND C ULTURE A CROSS A TRIO OF DIVERSE ISLANDS
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
A range of scenery awaits on this vibrant archipelago, from the verdant terraces and plantations of the agricultural heartland of Santiago to the rugged mountains and extinct volcanoes of Santo Antão and São Vicente. Challenge yourself with a trip to Serra Malagueta National Park and a trip up Pico da Antónia. Observe the bright, shimmering kingfisher, spot turtles from the spectacular coastal path and revel in the laid-back blend of African and European attitudes.
- Walk through fertile terraces and along rugged coastline
- Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of high mountains ahnd extinct volcanoes
- Walk through the Malagueta National Park
- Watch out for kingfisher
- 10 nights’ en-suite accommodation
- Full Board from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on departure, excluding 2 lunches
- A full holiday programme with an HF Holidays’ leader and local guides
- Travel by taxis, coach or minibus, all inter-island flights and ferries
Stay in comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels, selected for their stunning locations, centrally located in town, or in the mountains with wonderful views. There’s a mix of traditional and modern hotels and all have outdoor swimming pools.
We start with the Hotel Praia Mar Oasis Atlantico (4 nights). The Praia Mar is a low-rise hotel occupying a headland in Prainha, the capital city's embassy district. It is part of a Portuguese hotel chain and as such it enjoys good standards and a decent range of facilities. The hotel is located only five minutes' drive from Praia International Airport, the 'Plateau' with its shops and market, and the administrative and financial centre. The Praia Mar has 123 rooms in total, including four suites. All rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, room safe, mini-bar and hairdryer.
Next, on the island of Sao Vicente, we stay at the Hotel Porto Grande (2 nights) in Mindelo. The Porto Grande sits elegantly on Mindelo's main square, a few hundred metres from the seafront and five minutes' walk to most of the principal restaurants, bars and nightspots. The town beach, known as Laginha, is a pleasant, 10 minute stroll to the east. As well a swimming pool and children's pool, there is 24 hour reception, a gym, evening entertainment, laundry, room service, WiFi (extra charge) and currency exchange. Porto Grande has 48 rooms and 2 suites, each equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, hairdryer, phone, mini-bar and room safe. Each room has a balcony with views of either the main square or the swimming pool.
On the island of Santo Antao, we stay at the Pedracin Village (3 nights). For a taste of splendid isolation without foregoing all 'mod-cons', Pedracin Village holds a lot of appeal. The location is unique, being around 10 kilometres up the valley from the busy transport junction of Ribeira Grande and in an elevated position which allows guests views up and down the ribeira and the chance to marvel at the mountainous crags beyond. The structure is made out of traditional materials, with use of stone walls and thatch. Pedracin has 32 rooms, which take the form of stone chalets spread on different levels across the attractive landscaped hotel grounds. Rooms are simply furnished, but retain some style. Each has a private bathroom, though hot water can be intermittent - not usually much of an inconvenience, given the warm daytime temperatures. Rooms can sleep up to three guests (2 adults) and have air conditioning and heating. A rarity for Santo Antão accommodation, Pedracin has a swimming pool, which although fairly small, is nevertheless a huge bonus after a day of strenuous hiking. The views from the pool, as from the surrounding terrace, are truly stunning. WiFi is available (at extra cost). The restaurant is spacious and has the same panoramic views of the valley.
Our final night is spent back on the island of Sao Vicente at the Porto Grande (details as above)
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible we will contact you in advance.
Walks are full and part day with some sightseeing, between 3 and 10 miles ( 5-16km) with up to 2150 ft (650m) of ascent. Two of the walks have significant descent of up to 3600ft (1100m). There is the option to ascend Pico Antonio, the highest peak on the island of Santiago at 4,560ft (1,392m). Terrain can occasionally be steep and rough underfoot, with some exposure. The walks are at the very top end of our level 3 holidays.
Day 1: arrive in Praia, Santiago, the most African of these islands (4 nights).
Day 2: walking tour of Praia. Enjoy an afternoon walk through small villages and fertile terraces where tropical fruit and sugar cane are grown.
Days 3-4: walk in the natural beauty of the Malagueta National Park with possible sightings of the grey kingfisher. Optional ascent of the highest peak of Santiago, Pico Antonio.
Days 5-6: morning flight to São Vicente (2 nights), cultural centre of the Cape Verde islands. Afternoon walking tour of Mindelo, which nestles at the foot of two extinct volcanos. Enjoy a day’s tour of the island with opportunities to swim and take short walks.
Days 7-9: early morning ferry to the island of Santo Antão, where the scenery will take your breath away. A cross between Morocco and the Himalaya, this island is desolate and barren in the south and west, but the subtropical climate contributes to a rich vegetation. It is also the most mountainous of the islands, with peaks of just under 6,600ft (2,000m). Spend three days walking through fertile plantations, valleys, villages and following a dramatic coastal path. (For 17 November 2016 departure only there will be one additional day on this island - This will be on the opposite side of the island, you'll see strange rock formations and experience the microclimate that happens on this side of the island, which is in contrast to the lush mountainous area close to the Hotel Pedracin. This means that you'll be in Sao Vicente on day 11, and return flight will be on day 12, arriving back late in the evening.)
Day 10: ferry back to São Vicente (1 night). Afternoon at leisure in Mindelo.
Day 11: most of the day at leisure before the return flight back to London.
Day 12: arrive UK.
Passports must be valid for 6 months.
All foreign nationals require a visa, which is included in the tour cost. We will need your passport details approx 10 weeks before departure. Visas will be issued on arrival at Santiago.
Health & safety advice
Cape Verde is a third world destination, but has surprisingly good levels of hygiene and reasonable healthcare. Tummy upsets do happen but if you ensure you wash your hands before food, drink bottled or filtered water and use plenty of sunscreen, and wear a sunhat, this should make a difference. Polio and tetanus vaccinations should be up to date. There are mosquitoes, but not malarial and there are no snakes. Take insect repellent. You will see large spiders but they are not dangerous. It is not uncommon to be asked for money or food on the streets.
The Cape Verde islands are 1 hour behind UK time in the winter, and 2 hours behind in the summer.
Cape Verde Escudo (CVE). Currency cannot be obtained in advance; take Euros or sterling cash. Most goods have to be imported so whilst lower than the UK this is not a budget destination. Visa is accepted at major hotels and restaurants, but not in rural areas. ATMS are available in most towns. Most of the large towns have banks where currency can be exchanged. Some hotels in the towns also exchange currency. If you are staying independently of the group tour, the hotels will charge hotel tax, which is the equivalent of €2 per person per night.
Cape Verde's climate is pleasantly tropical with year round average temperatures between 26° and 30° C and the islands generally enjoy uninterrupted sunshine from November to May. Due to its location in the Atlantic Ocean, some of the islands can be more windy than others, and all experience some level of humidity.
In the hotels, breakfasts are generally buffet style, with plenty of choice. Lunches when included are made by the local guide and are usually sandwiches, or pasta salad plus fruit. You may want to carry some additional snacks with you from the UK, such as energy bars, but nothing that will melt in the hot sun! Evening meals in Praia and Mindelo will usually be in local restaurants, traditional dishes consist mostly of fish (in some rural areas there may be chicken) with rice, beans and locally grown vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin etc. Food is tasty but simple and the local fresh fish is excellent.
Dai was born in North Wales, with Welsh as his first language. He lived 6 years in Australia as a child after his family emigrated. He worked in the oil industry with Shell all his working life until taking [very] early retirement, before starting his second 'career' leading for HF Holidays in 1997.
Dai is our local expert for the Snowdon area, and the Field Advisor for all of our walks from our Country House at Craflwyn Hall, Snowdon. He is our oracle on all things Welsh and looks forward to leading our Railway Walks at Snowdon holiday.
He has also led trips such as New Zealand, Everest Base Camp, Peru and the Inca Trail, and his previous experience travelling through Africa will be valuable on our Cape Verde Island Hopping holiday in November 2017.
Stuart has been leading HF Holidays since 2003, in the UK and overseas. He was responsible for establishing the centre in the Spanish Pyrenees and is currently Field Advisor for Tavira, Portugal. He has previously led in Sri Lanka, Cuba, Jordan and Hawaii on our Worldwide Journeys and looks forward to leading another island hopping holiday in Cape Verde with you.
Stuart will be leading our 29 November 2017 departure.
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|15 Nov 2017||CWWHW - Guided Walking Cape Verde Island Hopping||10||£1,719.00||Book Now|
|29 Nov 2017||
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Prices are per person
- Single room: £160
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person