Silversea Luxury Cruises A Mindelo

Mindelo

Located 300 miles (483 km) off the coast of West Africa, the Cape Verde archipelago comprises ten islands and five islets, most of them of volcanic origin. They are divided into the windward and leeward groups and cover an area slightly larger than Rhode Island. Colonised by the Portuguese in the 15th century, they first settled on the island of Santiago to the south of São Vicente and established the town of Cidade Velha. View more

It was from here that the main slave trade developed between the Cape Verde Islands, Europe and America. While Praia on the island of Santiago is the archipelago’s largest and capital city, Mindelo, with its brightly coloured colonial buildings, is considered the island’s prettiest town. It boasts an excellent deep-water harbour, Porto Grande, which is in close proximity to Mindelo. The official language is Portuguese, while the national language is Crioulo, a Creole dialect of archaic Portuguese mixed with many African elements and adapted English words.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursiones en Mindelo

Mindelo Highlights & Catfish Bay

Discover the highlights of Mindelo during this half-day orientation tour, with a visit to Catfish Bay Beach.


Mindelo City Tour

Depart the pier in a private coach or Jeep for a scenic orientation drive through Mindelo City. Highlights include the Mindelo Cultural Centre, Independence Plaza, Amilcar Cabral Plaza Nova, fruit and vegetable markets, and Colonial monuments.


Coastal Drive

Next, drive along the inner-side of the island en route to Catfish Bay Beach for breathtaking ocean vistas. Your drive continues on to Monte Verde Hill for panoramic views of the island of Boca de Vento Place.


Shopping & Catfish Bay Beach

After re-boarding your coach, pass by modern and Colonial-style homes en route to the Amilcar Cabral Plaza Nova. Here, some time is made available to browse for souvenirs. Your last stop is at Catfish Bay Beach for refreshments, a live performance of local traditional music and a 'Carnival' exhibition.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection. There may be an opportunity to swim at the Catfish Bay Beach. Guests wishing to do so should wear a swimming costume under their clothing and bring a towel. The tour sequence may vary.

A Day in Mindelo

Experience the coastal beauty and landmarks of Mindelo during this full-day sightseeing excursion, with lunch at the Catfish Bay Resort.


Mindelo City Tour

Depart the pier in a private coach or Jeep for a scenic orientation drive through Mindelo. Highlights of the city include the Mindelo Cultural Centre, Independence Plaza, Amilcar Cabral Plaza Nova, fruit and vegetable markets, and Colonial monuments.


Monte Verde Hill & Catfish Bay Dunes

Next, a visit is made to Monte Verde Hill for breath-taking panoramic vistas overlooking the ocean. From here, your drive continues on to the white-sand dunes of northeast Catfish Bay to view the ocean and beaches from a different perspective. Leaving the dunes, drive through Ribeira de Calhau Valley en route to Catfish Bay Beach or Praia Grande Beach.


Lunch, Beach & Shopping

Upon arrival, proceed for a buffet lunch consisting of local fare and 'katchupa', the most traditional island dish. After lunch, some time approximately 1.5 hours is made available for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming or taking a stroll on the beach.


Your tour concludes with a stop to browse for souvenirs before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over flat and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, beach or water shoes and sun protection, and bring a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.

Island Exploration by Bike

Experience the highlights of Mindelo in an active new way during this full-day sightseeing excursion via bicycle.


City & Valley Ride

After receiving your safety and tour instructions, depart the pier for a bicycle tour through the island. Begin with a slow ride through the city to see the Colonial architecture and local lifestyle.


Ribeira De Calhau & Praia Grande

Next, ride through the Ribeira de Julião Valley en route to Ribeira De Calhau. A stop is made here for refreshments, and a taste of local spirits and delicacies. Your bicycle tour resumes with a ride to Vila Miséria and Praia Grande. Upon arrival at Praia Grande, approximately one hour is made available to swim in the crystal-clear waters and relax in the sun.


Monte Verde Hill & Shopping

Afterward, proceed to Monte Verde Hill for breath-taking panoramic vistas overlooking the ocean. From here, ride through the downtown area, where another stop is made for refreshments and browsing the local shops for souvenirs. Your bicycle tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity, and is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition and can ride a bicycle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear a lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers, and sun protection. Guests who opt to swim should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.

Mindelo Walking Tour

Discover the landmarks, people and lifestyles of Mindelo on foot during this scenic walking tour through the city.


Mindelo City Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Tordesilhas Threat. Upon arrival, begin your approximately 2.5-hour walking tour through Mindelo City. Along the way, admire the lovely Colonial architecture as you pass by local homes, landmarks, monuments and gardens. Observe the people and lifestyles of Mindelo whilst strolling along Rua de Praia and Main Street.


Local Museums, Landmarks & Monuments

Stops include the Mindelo Hand Craft Museum, Vegetable Market, D. Luis Plaza, Centro Cultural of Mindelo City, the Mindelo Church area, Amilcar Cabral Plaza Nova, Independence Plaza, the Eagle and Diogo Afonso monuments, and the replica of the Mindelo Lisboa Belem Tower.


Local Music & Dancing Demonstration

Your tour concludes with a visit to the Porto Grande Hotel (or Pont d' Agua Resort) for refreshments, a live performance of local traditional music and a Coladera dance exhibition.


Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection. The tour sequence may vary.