Mindelo Cruises

São Vicente City Sights

4x4 Adventure and São Vicente Volcanoes

Santo Antão Island

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Mindelo is located in Porto Grande Bay, on the northern shores of Cape Verde’s stunning São Vicente island. This MSC World Cruise destination is celebrated for its Brazilian-influenced Carnival, colourful colonial architecture, glorious harbour, and rugged mountains.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:

• São Vicente City Sights
• 4x4 Adventure and São Vicente Volcanoes
• Santo Antão Island

Take an MSC Cruises excursion across São Vicente to soak up the captivating atmosphere of cosmopolitan Mindelo. On your way to Catfish Bay, walk along the town’s charming streets, where you’ll pass a number of grand sculptures honouring historical personalities. See Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral, the two Portuguese aviators who flew across the Atlantic in 1922. Then, admire the rugged hills that act as a backdrop to the city and the turquoise Atlantic Ocean.

Enjoy an MSC Cruises excursion across the remote and unspoilt tracks of São Vicente island. Riding in an exciting 4x4 truck, you’ll venture over rugged terrain and volcanic landscapes. See villages nestled on the sides of the Calhau and Viana volcanoes before catching a glimpse of daily country life. Approaching the coast, visit the stunning Mindelo beach, known for its glorious golden sand and pale turquoise waters.

An exciting adventure awaits, on an MSC Cruises excursion, to the island of Santo Antão. Here, you’ll tour the beautiful Ribeira Grande Valley with its deep canyons, extinct Cova volcano, and enchanting emerald slopes. Next, admire the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, which is surrounded by Portuguese colonial buildings. Afterwards, stop by Ponta do Sol for a delightful lunch before touring a traditional rum distillery.

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    Cape Verde

    The Sahara in the middle of the ocean
    The Sahara in the middle of the ocean

    Cape Verde is an incredible archipelago formed by ten islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Africa. Someone has defined its immense sandy beaches as “a piece of the Sahara in the middle of the ocean”. During your vacation in Cape Verde you will find daring mountains, like the Pico do Fogo, 2829 metres a.s.l. that looms above the archipelago and luxuriant valleys.

    The  two main towns of colonial origin in the archipelago are lively urban centres. One is Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente, north-west of the group of barlovento islands (windward for navigators sailing here on the trade winds), the other is Praia, the capital, on the island of Santiago, on the southern tip and the sotavento islands (or downwind).

    In Mindelo you can get a taste of the local creole culture and passion for music: this is where the famous singer Cesaria Evora was born. Many fascinating and still off the mass tourism map, the islands of Cape Verde are a wonderfully relaxing oasis (‘no stress’ is a characteristic of these parts), where you can admire the beautiful landscapes with the same spirit as the locals, summed up in the term morabeza: spontaneity, unselfish kindness and a constant smile.