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São Tomé and Príncipe trip

Cabo Verde Viagem ao desconhecido e profundo. Encontro autentico com a hospitalidade caboverdiana, vales cultivados com frutas tropicais, aldeias junto ao mar. 2 ilhas forjada pelos elementos naturais da terra. Travessia em Barco de Mindelo para Santo Antão.
We are intoxicated by African colours and good food, real bathing in a sea of tepid waters, unforgettable trails to the rhythm of good music, and at the end of the day in a little bar on the corner you can hear the funaná that seduces all travellers who allow themselves to get to know the greatness of these two islands of Queen Cesária Évora.

Cabo Verde Viagem – 2 ilhas mágicas

Conheça a Ilha de São Vicente e a Ilha de Santo Antão.

Viagem e circuito em Regime de Pensão Completa.

 

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Valid until 2024

Low season

01 - 31 March

11 April - 30 June

1 September - 19 December

High Season

01 - 10 April

01 July - 31 August

20 December - 07 January 2025

Tour itinerary

Arrival at Lisbon Airport at the time indicated for boarding formalities on a scheduled flight with TAP airline departing at 09.10. Only a 4-hour flight separates our reality from this great adventure. Arrival on the island of São Vicente, briefing by our guide and immediate transfer to the hotel. Lunch and dinner included and the afternoon free to rest and make the first contact with this incredible city of Mindelo.

Enjoy every moment, let yourself be immersed in the culture, music and gastronomy. Prepare to be surprised every day of this tour, carefully designed to make you wow! Accommodation.

 

Breakfast. Discovery of the capital of the island of São Vicente: with an area of 227 square kilometres, São Vicente is an island with unique characteristics, which particularly invites us to enjoy the famous Cape Verdean nights.

A panoramic tour of the city of Mindelo. Fascinating because of its universality, the friendliness of its people, as well as the common factor that almost all Mindelenses share, which is a passion for music, eternalised by the late barefoot diva, Cesária Évora.

We'll be able to witness this in most of the city's bars, where live music predominates and sets the mood for Mindelo's nightlife. Walking down the beautiful promenade that flanks Porto Grande Bay, we'll see the statue of an eagle about to take flight. Discover the replica of Lisbon's Belém Tower.

We'll also pass by the fresh fish market, as well as the African market, with its characteristic clothes and objects from this continent. We'll visit Pracinha da Igreja, the oldest square on the island, and the Fruit and Vegetable Market. Tasting of a typical Cape Verdean drink and lunch in a local restaurant. Transfer to São Vicente harbour and ferry to Santo Antão island. Arrival in Porto-Novo. A change of scenery... this is a fantastic island with incredible beauty, its imposing mountains and deep, green valleys. Dinner and accommodation.

Breakfast. Ascent towards Pico da Cruz, located between 1,300 and 1,600 metres above sea level. Drive or walk 40 minutes to the small ranger's house, where you'll enjoy an exceptional view over the islands of S. Vicente, Santa Luzia and São Nicolau.

The guide will show us the different species of endemic plants. At this altitude we discover a forest of pine and eucalyptus trees. On one side, Pico da Cruz faces São Vicente, giving us a spectacular view of the arm of the sea that separates the two islands. On the other side, we are offered the breathtaking landscape of the Paul Valley, stretching up to 900 metres below our feet.

We drive along the panoramic Corda road. Large, unspoilt expanses, complemented by the hospitality of the local people, offer us a journey with a special, unforgettable flavour. Goat's cheese is a speciality of this plateau and its production method is explained to us. We won't leave this region without first visiting a primary school (except during school holidays), where we'll get to know and interact more closely with the docile children, who surprise us mainly with their natural and friendly smiles. Continue in the direction of Ribeira Grande. Along the way we'll stop at Delgadinho from where we can see Ribeira da Torre and Ribeira Grande. Lunch at a local restaurant.

 Arrival in Ponta do Sol, a town that, with all its charm, vainly offers us a colourful panorama, made up of its strongly coloured houses. These beautiful old houses, built in the image of colonial architecture, are today a valuable historical heritage of the island of Santo Antão. Discovery of the fishing harbour. Dinner and accommodation.

 

Breakfast. Walk and discover the town of Porto Novo. We'll see the fishermen tending their tuna nets (subject to weather conditions and the arrival of the fishermen). A few metres away, women sell fresh fish. Pass by Amílcar Cabral Avenue, where a statue in honour of Cape Verdean women has been erected. Visit the century-old Church of St John the Baptist.

Then we take the road towards "Pousolana oasis". We continue in the direction of Lajedos. Lunch at the Babilónia estate.

This estate originated from a community project to develop local agriculture, where we will taste regional specialities. Visits to the property (crops, livestock) with the chance to buy local products produced by the inhabitants of this village. Continue to Ribeira das Patas and Alto Mira. It is in Ribeira das Patas that the celebrations of São João Baptista begin, a pilgrimage that takes place between the 23rd and 25th of June, with the high point on the 23rd being the pilgrimage to Porto Novo, where the sacred and the profane mingle to the sound of drums, whistles and voices that invite you to dance the Kola San Jon.

 The Alto Mira region, which has great agricultural potential, with its verdant valleys running down the hillside to the sea, passing through small villages, allows us to contemplate magnificent landscapes. Dinner and accommodation.

Breakfast. Departure towards Paul along the coastal road and visit the famous Paul Valley, the greenest on the island. This is where the largest quantity of grog, a local drink made from sugar cane, is produced. On arrival in the small town, we'll take a break where we can take in the beautiful scenery. A 2-hour walk or drive through the heart of the valley, which will allow us to discover thatched houses and cultivated terraces.

We'll see a small primitive village with small, rudimentary stone houses. Lunch where we'll savour the traditional and famous cachupa, a typical dish of the entire archipelago, cooked with locally produced ingredients. We take the road back to Porto Novo and head for the harbour where we catch the ferry to the island of S. Vicente. Return to Mindelo. Dinner and accommodation.

Breakfast. Start the journey towards Calhau: along the way we can appreciate a beautiful valley, unique on the island of S. Vicente, where the water for irrigation is extracted from the wells by means of windmills. Back on the road in the direction of Baia das Gatas, a superb bay whose beach, set in calm, crystal-clear waters, offers us a huge natural swimming pool.

It is also on this beautiful beach that a famous music festival takes place every year in August, welcoming visitors from all over the islands as well as from different countries.

Lunch in a local restaurant. Return via Salamansa, a small fishing village. We will learn about their way of life. Then we'll head towards Monte Verde, a promontory with superb views over the city of Mindelo and the island's northern beaches, as well as the neighbouring islands of Santo Antão, Santa Luzia and São Nicolau.

Then we head towards Mindelo, where we can see Monte Cara, one of St Vincent's ex-libris. It's nothing more than a mountain whose relief, seen from afar, shows us the well-defined shape of a face. Dinner and accommodation.

 

Free day on full board

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport on scheduled flight TP1558 at 12.30pm to Portugal. Estimated arrival in Lisbon at 18.30. End of our services.

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Frequently asked questions

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We have an enviable track record of satisfied customers.
Once you have chosen the date of your trip. We ask for a deposit to book the trip. We issue multi-trip insurance, an invoice and a receipt. We are a travel agency with a licence from Turismo de Portugal RNAVT 4155. We have been organising trips and expeditions to São Tomé since 2010. 

Our experiences take care to allow travellers to explore the local gastronomy. It's not all-inclusive because we want everyone to have the freedom to choose different flavours and experiences. We don't just include hotel food. We go much further than half board. In our elegant circuit, gastronomic lunches, exotic experiences and the most select restaurants are already included.

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São Tomé and Príncipe is an incredible destination that offers unique experiences all year round, making it an ideal place to visit in any season.

For those who love the tropical climate, this country, being close to the equator, maintains an average temperature of 25 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The constant climate is perfect for beach lovers, and you'll always find a sunny spot to relax by the sea.

The rainy season, from October to May, offers spectacular scenery. The rains revitalise the vegetation and make the forests even more lush. This is also the best time for birdwatchers, as many species are active during this period. And don't worry, the rains are usually short and intense, leaving plenty of room for the sun to shine.

On the other hand, the dry season, which runs from June to September, is ideal for adventurers. Trails and hikes are more accessible and the days are generally longer, giving you more time to explore the beautiful landscape.

If you're looking for local culture and traditions, then any time of year is ideal for your visit. Festivals and cultural events take place throughout the year, such as the São Tomé Music Festival in July and Independence Day in July.

So whatever month you choose, your trip to São Tomé and Príncipe will be full of memorable experiences. This country's charms are not limited to one season or time of year, making it a perfect destination in any season.

São Tomé and Príncipe is a fantastic and safe option for those wishing to explore Africa. This charming island country is known for its quiet and friendly atmosphere, providing a peaceful and relaxing travelling experience.

Security is a priority in São Tomé and Príncipe, and the country has one of the lowest crime rates in Africa. The people are warm and welcoming, and tourists generally report feeling safe when exploring the cities and countryside. Of course, as anywhere, it is recommended that travellers maintain a general awareness of their safety and take care of their belongings.

The healthcare system in São Tomé and Príncipe is adequate, and there are a good number of doctors and clinics available. The main cities have hospitals and, in the event of an emergency, there are procedures for medical evacuation. Visitors are advised to take out travel insurance and have their vaccinations up to date.

For nature and adventure lovers, São Tomé and Príncipe is a true paradise, offering an abundance of outdoor activities in a safe and controlled environment. The natural wonders, such as the rainforest and white sandy beaches, are well preserved and easily accessible.

What's more, the country is committed to sustainable tourism, working to protect its natural and cultural resources for future generations. So a trip to São Tomé and Príncipe is not only a safe choice, but also one that supports a sustainable future.

In short, if you're looking for an unforgettable and safe trip to Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe is an excellent choice. Its safety, natural beauty, rich culture and welcoming hospitality make it an unmissable destination.

For sure, São Tomé and Príncipe is a destination that deserves to be at the top of your travel list! The distance between Lisbon and São Tomé is not an obstacle, in fact, it can be seen as a gateway to an unforgettable tropical paradise.

From Lisbon airport to São Tomé International Airport, the direct journey by plane takes approximately 6 hours. This is a very reasonable flight time, especially when you consider the incredible reward that awaits you at the end of the journey.

Just imagine: after a few hours' flight, you'll land in a place of stunning natural beauty, surrounded by a vibrant and welcoming culture. São Tomé and Príncipe offers an unrivalled experience, with its lush tropical forests, idyllic beaches and an incredible variety of fauna and flora.

It's easy to think that other destinations might be tempting, but we firmly believe that São Tomé and Príncipe has a unique combination of attractions that you won't find anywhere else. And with such a short and convenient flight from Lisbon, there's really no reason to postpone your visit to this paradise on earth.

So before you plan your next adventure somewhere far away, think about all that São Tomé and Príncipe has to offer. The experience will certainly be so rich and memorable that it will make every minute of the flight worthwhile. So why not put São Tomé and Príncipe at the top of your list? I guarantee you won't regret it.

If you're thinking of visiting São Tomé and Príncipe, I recommend that you book at least 8 days for this unforgettable adventure. This is the ideal minimum period to immerse yourself in the culture, explore the lush nature and sample São Tomé's local cuisine.

In 8 days, you'll have the chance to visit paradisiacal beaches, trek through the rainforest, visit the famous cocoa and coffee plantations and, of course, enjoy the hospitality and warmth of the local people. São Tomé is an island of endless surprises and natural beauty, and 8 days allows you to experience a little of it all.

If you have more time, adding a 4-day extension to visit Principe Island could be an excellent idea, bringing your trip to a total of 12 days. Principe Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its unspoilt landscapes and rich biodiversity. With an extra 4 days, you can immerse yourself in a deeper experience, exploring even more of the country's rich fauna and flora and unique culture.

On the other hand, if you're looking for relaxation and comfort on a luxury trip, an 8-day stay on Principe Island will be perfect for you. The island is renowned for its luxury accommodation options, offering a peaceful and private retreat. You can spend your days relaxing on secluded beaches, enjoying top-quality cuisine and taking advantage of the best services.

Whichever option you choose, I can assure you that we have the best alternatives for you to book. With the right combination of days, you'll be able to enjoy everything São Tomé and Príncipe has to offer, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

São Tomé and Príncipe's location close to the equator means that the country enjoys a tropical climate all year round, and this is reflected in the water temperatures. Ocean temperatures in São Tomé and Príncipe vary a little during the year, but generally remain fairly stable and inviting.

On average, you can expect the water temperature to vary between 26°C and 30°C all year round. This means that no matter when you decide to visit, the water will always be warm and inviting.

Imagine swimming in crystal-clear waters, feeling the soft tropical temperatures while observing the diverse marine life. Whether for diving, snorkelling or just a refreshing dip, the water temperature in São Tomé and Príncipe makes for a wonderful experience.

I understand your situation perfectly and I believe that your decision to travel alone is a wonderful opportunity to discover new experiences and meet interesting people.

In our group departures, we always take care to consider the interests and expectations of our travellers. We understand that sharing the journey with someone who has similar enthusiasms can enrich your travelling experience immensely. At the same time, we know that it is important to respect each traveller's individuality and personal space.

So if you choose to join one of our group departures, we'll be happy to find another traveller for you to share a room with. This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends and, in this situation, you won't need to pay any single room supplement.

However, we understand that privacy may be important to you. Therefore, if you prefer to have a room to yourself, that option is also available. In this case, a single room supplement will apply.

Whatever you choose, you can be sure that we will do our best to ensure that your trip is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. After all, your satisfaction is our top priority.

So welcome to our adventure in São Tomé and Príncipe! We're excited to have the opportunity to share this unique experience with you.

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