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About St. Vincent CVI

Remote and peaceful, the Cape Verde Islands are about as far off the beaten track as you'll get.

The main town of St. Vincent has intriguing markets and some excellent bars whilst the local people bear witness to the islands role as a former slave centre.

 

Shore excursions in St. Vincent CVI

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Island Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

Explore the colourful Cape Verde island of Sao Vicente, passing the most inspirational sights and rugged scenery.

Sit back and relax on your panoramic drive through fantastic landscapes, volcanic valleys and a bustling city. Your tour starts with a panoramic drive through the cultural capital of Cape Verde, Mindelo. Discover the colourful Portuguese and British colonial influences as you pass by Praca Nova, Placio de Povo, the government palace and the main street of Rua Lisboa with its busy vegetable market.

Heading further afield, gaze out on the lunar lansdscape, as your minibus climbs 2,460 feet to the highest mountain on Sao Vicente, Monte Verde. Have your camera ready to capture the island views during a brief photo stop. Travelling back along the coastal road, admire the crescent-shaped white sand Praia Grande Beach, surrounded by mountains of black lava. Enjoy a short stop to stretch your legs, and for the more adventurous, why not dip your toes into the clear waters. As you pass through the agricultural valley of Ribeira de Calhau, your knowledgeable local guides will paint a picture of the unique lifestyle and culture of the islanders.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus.Please be advised that the tour vehicles on the island of Sao Vicente are basic, with no air conditioning or public address system. Due to a lack of public facilities on the island, no comfort stop will be included during the tour. This tour is not recommended to passengers who suffer from vertigo. Some of the roads are rocky and cobblestoned in parts and so this tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride.

Mindelo Highlights and Local Life

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the colourful life and culture of the islanders of Cape Verde.

Embark on a tour of discovery to the lively colonial capital of Mindelo. With your local guide, you’ll head to the heart of the city centre, where you’ll learn about the islands heritage and what life is like on ‘Sao Vicente’.

Enjoy the harbour views as you drive along the busy Rua de Praia, to Praça Estrela. Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll through the African market with its colourful goods and admire the traditional Portuguese azulejos (ceramic tiles), depicting historical scenes. Heading towards the vibrant Mindelo Municipal Vegetable Market, Town Hall Square and the City Hall Church Plaza, you’ll see the replica of Lisbon Belem Tower on the waterfront and the fish market with its brightly painted boats on the beach. Visit the fascinating Mindelo Cultural Centre where you can admire some original paintings by local artists.

Before you head back to the ship, sample the national liqueur made from sugar cane and tap your toes to the beat of Morna and Coladera, traditional rhythmic music accompanied by a Capoeira Dance show.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. : Please be advised that the tour vehicles on the island of Sao Vicente are basic, with no air conditioning or public address system. The order of the advertised itinerary may vary, to avoid congestion at the sites visited.

Mindelo Highlights and Local Life - SUNDAY

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the colourful life and culture of the islanders of Cape Verde.

Embark on a tour of discovery to the lively colonial capital of Mindelo. With your local guide, you’ll head to the heart of the city centre, where you’ll learn about the islands heritage and what life is like on ‘Sao Vicente’. In the city centre, learn all about the culture of this colourful and musical city with a visit to the Praca Nova Square and Handicraft Museum before heading to the fascinating Mindelo Cultural Centre, situated in the former Customs House. Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll through the historical quarter of Mindelo, where you’ll pass by the replica of Lisbon Belem Tower and stop at a charming square, with the oldest church on the island. You’ll also visit a small museum dedicated to Cesaria Evora, the barefoot diva and famous ambassador of Cape Verde. Before you head back to the ship, sample the national liqueur made from sugar cane and tap your toes to the beat of Morna and Coladera, traditional rhythmic music accompanied by a Capoeira Dance show.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by minibus and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour. Please be advised that the tour vehicles on the island of Sao Vicente are basic, with no air conditioning or public address system. The order of the advertised itinerary may vary, to avoid congestion at the sites visited.

 

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