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Sao Vicente
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Sao Vicente

Sao Vicente is an island in the Cape Verde archipelago located off the west coast of Africa. It is the second most populous island in the country, with a population of over 100,000. It is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and unique music.

Sao Vicente is located in the Barlavento group of islands, which are the northernmost of the Cape Verde Islands. It is situated about 350 kilometers off the coast of Senegal. It has an area of approximately 227 square kilometers and is the fourth largest island in the archipelago.

The island has a tropical climate with hot, dry summers and warm, humid winters. It is known for its beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes. The island is home to the capital of the archipelago, Mindelo, which is a vibrant port city with a large international airport.

Sao Vicente has a rich history and culture. It was first settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century and was an important trading port in the region. It was also a major center for the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Today, Sao Vicente is home to a vibrant music scene and is known for its unique music style, called morna. The island is also home to several festivals, including the Sao Vicente Carnival and the Mindelo Music Festival.

Sao Vicente is a beautiful and vibrant island with a rich history and culture. It is a popular tourist destination, offering stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and unique music. It is an ideal destination for those looking to experience the beauty and culture of the Cape Verde Islands.

Excursion tips for a day in Sao Vicente

As a tourist in Sao Vicente in Cape Verde, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Here are some ideas:

1. Visit the vibrant Mindelo Market, where you can find local produce, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

2. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Vila de Mindelo and admire the colonial-style architecture.

3. Spend the day at the beach and soak up the sun at Baia das Gatas or Praia Grande.

4. Visit the Monte Verde Natural Reserve to explore the lush vegetation and unique wildlife.

5. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a boat trip to Santo Antao Island and explore its rugged terrain.

6. Visit the Ethnographic Museum to learn more about the history and culture of the island.

7. Enjoy some of the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in Mindelo.

8. Spend the evening at the Sao Vicente Cultural Center, where you can attend concerts, plays, and other cultural events.

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The climate in Sao Vicente

Sao Vicente in Cape Verde experiences a tropical desert climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. The average temperature is around 24°C and the summers are hot and dry, with temperatures reaching up to 30°C. The winter months are cooler and the temperature can drop to around 20°C. The rainy season usually occurs between August and October, with an average annual rainfall of around 200mm. The humidity is generally low, with the driest months being June to August.

Cruises to Sao Vicente

Would you like to travel to Sao Vicente on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Sao Vicente.

Scheduled ship calls in Sao Vicente, Cabo Verde
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 30th 2025 Tuesday, 30th of Sep. 2025 Scenic Eclipse 12:00 am 12:00 am

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