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From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal Beach

4.9 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours

From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal Beach

Activity provider: Bu Country Tours
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From US$ 93.81 per person

Explore Santiago's highlights on this full-day tour. Savor a typical breakfast with a local family, visit the Assomada Market, and drive through the Serra Malagueta. Enjoy the most beautiful beach on the island, Tarrafal, and meet Cape Verde's only tribe.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, French, English, Spanish
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Relish a traditional breakfast of tasty cuscuz and fidjós with a local family
  • Visit the famous and colorful Assomada Market with your local guide
  • Take beautiful photos in the Serra Malagueta natural park from 1000 meters above sea level
  • Relax on the white sand of the most picturesque peach on Santiago Island, Tarrafal Beach
  • Discover the community that preserves Cape Verde's oldest customs and beliefs
Full description
Get picked up at your hotel in Praia, then depart toward the interior of the island. Make your first stop at Mrs. Luisa's house. There, sample cuscuz (a traditional cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana), the typical breakfast for Cape Verdean families. After breakfast, continue to the city of Assomada. Visit its famous market, and admire the vibrant colors of the local fruits and vegetables. Move on to the Serra Malagueta natural park and marvel at the incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. Next, discover Santiago's most beautiful beach at Tarrafal, known for its white sand and crystal clear waters. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense), then return along the east coast of the island. Visit the Rabelados religious community, the only community that still lives in thatched houses and preserves the oldest customs and beliefs of Cape Verde. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Praia
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Workshop for Cuscuz and Fidjós (local delights)
  • Liability insurance
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please bring sandals/flip flops, a towel, a hat, swimwear, and sunscreen
  • Please note that Assomada Market is open only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Therefore the visit will only be on these days
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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YOU CANT MISS THIS! incredible tour with the best tourist guide. We met Luisa who made us a delicious tipical cape verdian breakfast , and then we visit all the most interesting places of Santiago. Truly, the best. Garcia knows very well the history of the country and he explains it sooo good. You won’t regret. “Life is good” Thank you very much Admilson!!!

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April 17, 2022

Our guide Maria and driver Sonny picked us up on time at the meeting point. We were the only participants on the tour, the vehicle was a clean car. The first stop was Mrs. Luisa's house, where the traditional Cape Verdean breakfast from Cuscuz and Fidjós was prepared for us. Thank you for the hospitality and the breakfast that kept us full until the afternoon! Maria speaks good English and told us a lot of interesting facts about the country and its people. During a police check, she remained confident and calm, even when we had to wait for another car to continue our journey. Local fishermen were just arriving on Tarrafal beach and selling their catch directly from the boat. Tarrafal really is a dream beach frequented by both locals and tourists! It was great to unwind there for an hour! This tour is highly recommended to get a taste of life in Santiago. Maria/Milda, thank you for the nice day!!

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April 17, 2022

We had a great an very special time. The guides are very professional, they know how to adapt to your needs and preferences and they always do their best to assure you have a wonderful time. After this first excursion we booked the rest of the days with them and it was an excellent investment. This full day trip is perfect to explore the island and discover what Santiago has to offer, you get a bit of everything, culture, nature, beach, local cusine… We just had an amazing day! We are experienced travelers and we’ve booked many trips and guides all over the world. This guys are just great, we strongly recomend them!

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January 23, 2022

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