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Santo Antão Cape Verde

Santo Antão, mainly for mountain trekking.

Didn’t do any mongering on Santo Antão. It doesn’t mean however that I didn’t keep an eye out for the possible opportunities. They sure are there. Not as obvious as in Mindelo but again I’ve no doubt that right taxi drivers would help you out. I’ll talk about my experiences and thinking on that at the end of the section. Let’s first cover general info and tourist stuff.
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Mindelo, São Vicente, Part IV of IV – Summary

Mindelo, São Vicente, Part IV of IV – Tips on tricks

Last day

Next day was my last day on St. Vincente so I figured I’d rent a car and go around the island. I already made a day trip with a German girl who introduced me to Leo to a place called Calhau from where I was hoping to get to the island of Santa Luzia, a deserted but still a good size island with what was supposed to be one of the best beaches on Cape Verde.
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Mindelo Sao Vicente, Part III of IV: Carnival

Mindelo, Part III – Keeping up with the force

The night before carnival

Monday night, i.e. the night before carnival should be your “the” night at the carnival on Sao Vicente, this is the night you should be readying yourself for.  Some would tell you that this is not Carnival yet, that real Carnival is on the following day.
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Mindelo Cape Verde, Part II of IV: Pre-Carnival Orgy

Mindelo, Part II – It’s a carnival, carnival – oh no!

Loved that Carnival!

Carnival in Mindelo is something else. That by the way is coming from somebody who already has been a part of 3 main Carnivals of Brazil: Rio, Salvador & Recife/Olinda. Carnival in Mindelo was by far my favorite. But (there is always a “but”) what I say doesn’t apply to the day of Carnival itself – that you can skip – but the days leading up to Carnival are just fucking amazing! That would go double for those who consider themselves extraverts.
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Mindelo Cape Verde, Part I of IV: Warm up

The Island of São Vicente:

Mindelo, Part I  – Behave

I visited only couple of towns in São Vicente, which is dominated by Mindelo – perky, cosmopolitan and pretty.

Mindelo is most lively city in Cape Verde by a mile. They party hard in Mindelo so get ready to party hard. On the other hand if you aren’t partying type you’d find Mindelo refreshingly normal with nice restaurants, good hotels, normal variety of services, full of happy people and easy on the eye. If you doing some serious travelling, Mindelo would be your natural break from that serious travelling.
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Santiago Island Cape Verde

1. Praia Santiago

From a tourist perspective, Praia of Santiago, Cape Verde’s capital,  there is little to look at. Better restaurants are in the mall called Praia Shopping and along Palmarejo Baixo but better music is next to Hotel Santa Maria which is right on Rua 5 de Julho, a pedestrian only street in the center of town. I sampled some restaurants on that street too but in each one I found food rather mundane. Music though… to die for.
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