The Royal Routes of Santiago Island
Be welcomed by our professional Guide at Praia airport. Explore the Capital of the country, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cidade Velha. Savor a typical breakfast with a local family, visit the Assomada Market, and enjoy the most beautiful beach on the island, Tarrafal.
Day 1: Arrival – Airport Transfer (Praia Airport to Hotel in Praia)
Be welcomed by our professional driver and a licensed guide at Nelson Mandela Airport. Enjoy a high-quality private transfer to your accommodation in Praia, including free waiting time. Our team will also take you from door to door with complete security and professionalism, providing all relevant information about your stay. Overnight in Praia.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check-in starts at 2 pm.
Day 2: Praia City Tour, Highlights of Cidade Velha
Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Praia, and first visit the Dona Maria Pia Lighthouse. Take stunning pictures from the top of the Lighthouse surrounded by the large cannons installed to protect the island from the attack of pirates such as Francis Drake and Jacques Cassard. Make your way to the historical center of Plateau. Take a walking tour through the Jaime Mota Military Barracks, passing by the Presidential Palace and Alexandre Albuquerque Square. In the Municipal Market, meet locals and find a diverse range of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Next, explore the largest souvenir market to be found in Cape Verde, the Sucupira Market. Explore Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to see all its highlights such as the Royal Fortress of São Filipe, the ruins of the first sub-Saharan African Cathedral, the fishermen bay, the former slave market in Pelourinho, the famous Banana Street with its traditional houses, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and finally the Convent of São Francisco. At lunch, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the city, and taste local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Praia.
DURATION: Every day, from 9 am to 3 pm (6 hours)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring comfortable clothes, a hat, and sunscreen. A small amount of walking is involved.
Day 3: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal Beach
Get picked up at your hotel in Praia, then depart toward the interior of the island. Make your first stop at Mrs. Luisa’s house. There, sample cuscus (a traditional cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana mixed with wheat), the typical breakfast for Cape Verdean families. After breakfast, continue to the city of Assomada. Visit its famous market and admire the vibrant colors of the local fruits and vegetables. Move on to the Serra Malagueta natural park and marvel at the incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. Next, discover Santiago’s most beautiful beach at Tarrafal, known for its white sand and crystal-clear waters. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense), then return along the east coast of the island. Visit the Rabelados religious community, the only community that still lives in thatched houses and preserves the oldest customs and beliefs of Cape Verde. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your accommodation in Praia.
DURATION: Every day from 9 am to 5 pm (8 hours)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring sandals/flip flops, a towel, a hat, swimwear, and sunscreen Please note that the visit to Assomada Market is only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Day 4: Praia Airport & Goodbye Cape Verde
Enjoy your free time according to the flight schedules and then be picked up in Praia and depart toward Nelson Mandela international airport. Take your international flight back and say goodbye to “La Morabeza Crioula” !!!
Check-out time: 12h00
Specification: The Royal Routes of Santiago Island
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