Cape Verde


Cabo Verde, Vulcano of Ilha do Fogo

Cape Verde is an island country in the Atlantic, about 500 km off the coast of West-African Senegal. As a country it is relatively young, having gained independence from Portugal only in 1975. It consists of 6 windward islands ((Santo Antão, São Vicente, Santa Luzia, São Nicolau, Sal, and Boa Vista) and 4 leeward islands (Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava), all of volcanic origin and relatively arid with rainfall (if any) only from August until October. It’s greenest between september and january. Santiago is the largest Island, Mt Pico (2829 m) on Fogo Island is an active volcano and Cape Verde's highest peak. Not all islands are equally mountainous, and some are outright deserts.

The island group can be compared with the Canarian Islands, also dry and volcanic, but they are smaller, more the size of the Azores.

Most popular for hiking are the islands of Santiago, Fogo, Santo Antão, São Nicolau and São Vicente. Landscape, fishing villages, tropical vegetation combined with bizarre rock formations, it all adds to an exotic walking experience. Moreover, tourism has brought facilities, also inland, and cheap package holidays bring the islands within reach for everyone. Trails are sometimes marked, and it is possible to hire a guide locally. Hiking maps and trail descriptions are available.

Barlavento Islands

  • Santo Antão, 779 km2, 47.000 inhabitants, mountainous, exotic, walkers paradise
  • Boa Vista, 620 km2, 5.000 inhabitants, flat semi-desert inland for the adventurous hiker
  • São Nicolau, 338 km2, 13.000 inhabitants, marked trails around exotic Monte Gordo
  • São Vicente, 227 km2, 83.000 inhabitants, dry and eroded
  • Sal, 216 km2, 25.000 inhabitants, semi-desert and unique salt ponds

Sotavento Islands

  • São Tiago, Santiago, 991 km2, 290.000 inhabitants, mountainous and green interior, good for hiking
  • Fogo, 476 km2, 39.000 inhabitants, climb the active volcano and enjoy the local coffee and wine
  • Maio, 269 km2, 8.000 inhabitants, flat and dry but pretty, and good for hiking
  • Brava, 67 km2, 6.000 inhabitants, green, rugged interior, and undiscovered by mass tourism




United Kingdom
  • Santo Antão
  • Santo Antão in the Cape Verde archipelago on a detailed, GPS compatible, contoured map at 1:50,000 from AB Kartenverlag highlighting over 50 hiking routes, with street plans of central Porto Novo and Ribeira Grande.The map has contours at 100m intervals, spot heights and elevation colouring enhanced by relief shading to present the topography.... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Santo Antão | AB Kartenverlag
  • 1:40,000 Hiking and walking map of Santo Antao in the Cape Verde Islands. A detailed topographical map with an English keysheet and routes, roads and places of interest shown on the map. Includes a detailed 1:10,000 map of Cidade do Porto Novo and a number of colour photos on the reverse, showing local places of interest, relating to numbered... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Santiago - Kaapverdische Eilanden | AB Kartenverlag
  • Santiago Island in the Cape Verde archipelago on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from AB Kartenverlag, highlighting 33 hiking and mountain bike routes and including small plans of Praia, Tarrafal and Cidade Velha. The map is double-sided with a very generous overlap between the sides. Contours with relief shading and spot heights... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
  • Portugal - Azoren, São Miguel
  • Op het grootste eiland van de archipel, São Miguel, maakt u kennis met de uitbundige subtropische Azoreaanse flora en het bijzondere vulkanische landschap. U maakt wandelingen langs de kratermeren Sete Cidades en Lagoa do Fogo en de stoombronnetjes van Furnas. U overnacht in fijne onderkomens, eerst een mooi gelegen appartement en daarna een... Read more
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  • Kaapverdië * São Nicolau en Santo Antão
  • Ontdek de mooiste 'kruimels van verlangen' in de Atlantische Oceaan. Deze reis voert u langs São Nicolau, São Vicente en Santo Antão, de mooiste eilanden van deze 500 km voor de West-Afrikaanse kust liggende Kaapverdische archipel. Loop langs scherp gekartelde heuvels, drakenbomen en pijnbomen met zilvergroen baardmos. Akkertjes met zoete... Read more
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  • Kaapverdië * Santo Antão
  • Deze korte wandelreis laat je kennis maken met Santo Antão, een van de mooiste wandeleilanden van de 500 km voor de West-Afrikaanse kust liggende Kaapverdische archipel. Loop langs scherp gekartelde heuvels, drakenbomen en pijnbomen met zilvergroen baardmos. In de gapende kloof Ribeira do Paúl zie je huisjes verspreid liggen alsof ze uit de... Read more
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  • Portugal - Algarve en Alentejo
  • Al fietsend volg je de prachtige kustlijn van Portugal van de Algarve naar de Alentejo. Vanaf Cabo Sao Vicente volgen we de Rota Vicentina noordwaarts. Over voornamelijk onverharde weggetjes fietsen we door het natuurpark van " Costa Vicentina" langs velden en stranden, van dorpje naar dorpje. Geniet onderweg van de lokale gerechten en wijn,... Read more
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