About São Vicente

Baía do Mindelo

Baía do Mindelo

The island of São Vicente ‘Soncente’ is the second most populated island of Cape Verde. Discovery on the day of Saint Vincent, January 22, 1462, the Portuguese Navigator Diogo Gomes was the last of the islands of the archipelago to be inhabited, only in 1838. Is semi-flat, as its highest point ‘Monte Verde’ has only 774 m. one of the best-known elevations of the island is ‘Monte Cara’, name given by the resemblance of a human face looking toward the sky. The view from the top is spectacular; you can see the entire island from the ‘Baia do Mindelo’ to ‘Baia das Gatas’ (a beautiful natural bay of calm and crystalline waters) and ‘Praia Grande’.

Praia da Laginha

Praia da Laginha

‘Mindelo’ is the island’s capital and the second largest and most dynamic city in the archipelago. Developed through the port activity, through its famous harbour, there lies a a beautiful deep-water bay, many consider this the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The ‘Baia do Mindelo’ is huge and very beautifull. Opposite you can see the Bird islet, a small islet that catches the curiosity of tourists and you can also see in the distance the mountains of the island of Santo Antão.

Réplica da Torre de Belém em Lisboa

Réplica da Torre de Belém em Lisboa

‘Mindelo’ is a city that is reminiscent of a Portuguese city, the architecture of its buildings and houses, gardens and gazebos and even on horseback. ‘Mindelo’ nights are filled with lively bars with live music that express well the spirit of the people of this island. It was one of those bars that stood our known singer ‘Cesária Évora’. The new square is the meeting point of people and then surrenders to these numerous bars where you can listen to all kinds of music from Cape Verde.

Carnaval de São Vicente

Carnaval de São Vicente

This island is famous for its Carnival, with its lively and colourful costumes. Are considered a small replica of the Brazilian Carnival. ‘Cesária Évora, the Barefoot Diva who was born there and sang the Carnival of São Vicente. The letter says that São Vicente is a ‘Brazilin’ (small Brazil), full of joy, full of colour. During days parade through the streets of several groups with disguises of Kings, Queens, floats, dancers and thousands of extras. ‘Mindelo’ is also in the areas of literature, theatre, painting and crafts, fine arts, literature, theatre, dance and film. Everywhere it is common to find people who sells artesian products, ceramic pieces made of coconut rinds, and necklaces of shells and rocks.

"Porton di Nôs Ilha"

“Porton di Nôs Ilha”

Every year on the first weekend of August travelling to the island people of all the islands of Cape Vert and the world to attend the Festival of Music of ‘Baía das Gatas’. A big Festival of music since 1984, which began as a gathering of friends on meeting to play. Grew and today became one of the most famous music festivals in Cape Verde where they operate several domestic and foreign artists, sports and cultural programming outside of the vulgaris.

Piscina Natural Baía das Gatas

Piscina Natural Baía das Gatas

The beach of ‘São Pedro’ is considered one of the best for the practice of windsurfing, as have seen many world champions of the sport. Cycling, walking and horse riding are good ways to explore the island. São Vicente has a golf course, without grass, with 18 holes and its white-sand beaches of ‘Baía das Gatas’, ‘Calhau’, and ‘São Pedro’ is more than enough reasons for the growth of tourism. Are further away from ‘Mindelo’ but there are vehicles that can be easily rented for this purpose.

Aldeia piscatória de Calhau

Aldeia piscatória de Calhau

The island is very dry, devoid of vegetation of arid aspect being the water for consumption of the population obtained by desalinating seawater. Due to lack of rain, fishing turns out to be the most important economic environment of the island. Picking of canning industries, lobster, salted fish and dried fish are some of the products that pass daily through the ‘Porto Grande’, Cape Vert’s main port. The fishing village of ‘Calhau’, where one can see an infinite blue sea among the volcanic cones presents itself a growing influx of tourists.

Famoso mercado do Mindelo

Famoso mercado do Mindelo Credits: Cabo Verde Safari

‘Manuel Lopes’, one of the best-known writers of Cape Vert was born in São Vicente. Their texts are in Portuguese but uses expressions in his works also Creole. ‘Chuva Braba’, was his first novel in which she received the Premium ‘Fernão Mendes Pinto’. São Vicente has many typical dishes, many of them having seafood based. ‘Cachupa’, rice with seafood restaurants, diverse Tuna Steak stew with rice of ‘Favona’.

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