Welcome to vista verde tours – the travel expert of Cape Verde!

We are very proud to announce that we are still alive despite this particular time. Since more than 18 months we have been without any income – it has been and still is a tremendous challenge.
More than ever it is essential for the country and the people to pursue the philosophy of sustainable tourism together with our many local service partners on spot.
Finally, we see a light at the end of the tunnel from autumn on.
First guests have announced themselves and we are prepared – together with our partners on spot – to receive them according to the international hygiene standards. The vaccination campaign is running well and the percentage of people eligible to receive it is quite high.

It is of high importance to us that people can go back to work and surely that our guests can – at least for some moments – forget Corona and enjoy the time on the archipelago.
I hope to see you soon!
Warm regards
Heike Alter
Mindelo, autumn 2021
You are not old enough to access this page.
vista verde tours
Santiago: the origin of Cabo Verde
Santiago: the origin of Cabo Verde.
Santiago: the origin of Cabo Verde. Baobab tree
Santiago: the origin of Cabo Verde. And a hiker's paradise
Santiago: the origin of Cabo Verde. Sukupira in Praia

SANTIAGO - THE ORIGIN OF CABO VERDE

The first settlements in colonial times were here on Santiago, the largest island of the archipelago


Hiking on Santiago
Santiago: Cidade Velha
Santiago: Rabellados


Santiago with an area of 991 km² is the largest and most populated island of Cape Verde, almost half of the total population lives here.

The interior of the island is a mix of deep valleys and soaring peaks, the highest of which is Pico d'Antonia with an altitude of 1,392 m. Located amongst this amazing landscape you will also discover villages with local arts and craft centres as well as places of cultural and historical interest. Once again there are many trails for hikers and highlights include the Serra Malagueta National Park and the Parque Natural of Rui Vaz.

Assomada, the second largest city of Santiago, is located in the centre of the island and benefits from the highly agricultural land that surrounds it. Particularly worth visiting is the lively African market (open on Wednesdays and Saturdays).

Approximately 140,000 people live in the fast-growing capital Praia which sits on the southern coast of Santiago. Built in the 18th century, nowadays it is the economic and cultural centre of the country as well as being the location for the main government offices. The historic old town ("Plateau") is located on a picturesque high plateau; the pedestrainised area with many local shops and cafés is the perfect place to stroll around and watch the locals go about their daily lives.

At the "Kriol Jazz Festival" in April, Praia becomes a musical city in the middle of the Atlantic, a meeting place for the both the national and international jazz scene.
Well worth seeing and only 15 km away from Praia is Cidade Velha, built in 1462 as the first settlement in Cape Verde. This former capital was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. It used to be an important intermediate port on the African slave routes. The strategic location of the port facilitated an increase in human trafficking between Africa and the "New World" and Cidade Velha became a major hub during this time. A reminder of this sombre history is the Pelourinho (pillory)which dates from 1512 and still stands on the market square where slaves were traded. The old Portuguese fort of São Filipe, located above Cidade Velha, served as a defence against the repeated pirate attacks on this rich city and is also open to visitors.

Santiago offers the perfect mixture of history, culture and diverse natural experiences all on one island. This can all be combined with some days spent relaxing on a beach at the north western point. Here, the coastal village of Tarrafal invites to linger with its selection of diverse accommodation and its beautiful palm-fringed bay, perfect for swimming and snorkelling.


Kontakt

+238 9930788 office@vista-verde.com