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Praia: Santiago Island Tour with Tastings and Tarrafal Beach

Praia: Santiago Island Tour with Tastings and Tarrafal Beach

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 meal for Cape Verdean families. After that, 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. Enjoy photographic stops at the majestic volcanic slopes of Calheta and the magnificent Valley of a Thousand Palms in Santa Cruz. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.

From Praia: Santiago Day Trip - Discover the Island in 1 Day

From Praia: Santiago Day Trip - Discover the Island in 1 Day

Stop 1 - Assomada Beside a view point with a wonderful panaroma over the second largest city of the island, each Saturday and Wednesday you can also visit the vegetable market which is a great touristic attraction. Stop 2 - Natural Park of Serra Malagueta Here you will enjoy one of the most beautiful natural scenery of the island, with amazing lake view from a plateau located 800 m altitude, perfect spot to creat hundred of pictures.  Stop 3 - Tarrafal In Tarrafal you will enjoy a free time for you to walk on the beach and wach the fisherman comming from their activities, or even to take time to explore the local cuisine based on frish grilled fish and sea food, or even to chill on the beach bar. Obs: the lunch is not included but we can help you to organize some. Stop 4 - East Coast Along the east coast of the island you will discover some small fishing villages next to the immense atlantic ocean, and enjoy the most beautiful coastal views on the island from Tarrafal to Santa Cruz. In Pedra Badejo you will pass by the largest banana plantation and coconut trees of the island, perfect time to deal with the local vendors and taste a sweet and fresh coconut water before you come back to your accommodation in Praia.

Santiago Island: Serra Malagueta & Tarrafal Beach Trek Tour

Santiago Island: Serra Malagueta & Tarrafal Beach Trek Tour

Get picked up at your accommodation and embark on a scenic drive through the majestic mountains, heading towards the renowned Serra Malagueta Natural Park, where your thrilling hiking adventure awaits. As you start your hike through fertile areas at an altitude of 850 metres above sea level, you'll be accompanied by an expert guide who will lead you through the lush landscapes of the park, spanning an impressive 774 hectares. Keep your eyes peeled for the incredible diversity of flora and fauna found here, including more than 124 species of plants and 19 species of birds. Your guide will share fascinating insights about the local ecosystem, highlighting the unique species that can only be found in this protected area. Take a break for a delightful picnic amidst the stunning natural surroundings. While you enjoy your meal, your knowledgeable guide will also share information about the sustainable initiatives that have been implemented to ensure the preservation of this precious ecosystem for generations to come. After a rewarding hike, you'll make your way back to the starting point and then head to the picturesque Tarrafal Beach, the most beautiful beach on Santiago Island. Here, you can unwind and relax on the shore, or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. Finally, with cherished memories of a day filled with adventure, natural beauty, and insights into sustainable practices, you'll be comfortably driven back to your accommodation in Praia.

From Praia: Santiago Island Highlights Tour

From Praia: Santiago Island Highlights Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from the Port of Praia. Find your driver easily as they will be holding a sign board with your name on it. Sit back and relax in a comfortable and spacious van. Choose between a private or a group tour. Take in the mountain scenery and stop for photos in the charming villages of São Domingos, São Laurenço dos Órgãos, and Assomada. Capture pictures of lush rolling landscapes in the Serra Malagueta Natural Park. Admire views of the island from 1000 meters above sea level before arriving at Tarrafal beach. Swim in the crystal clear water and lie back on the sandy beach which is surrounded by hills and palm trees. Have the option to purchase a local lunch. Head down a coastal road on the east side of the island and stop at the largest coconut plantation in the country where you can buy a fresh coconut water. Return to the Port of Praia at the end of the tour.

Santiago Island Tour

Santiago Island Tour

Pick up in the morning at your accommodation and taking you to the interior of Santiago island, it´s the largest island of Cabo Verde it takes a full-day tour to explore and experience the best of it with plenty of cultural and historical places to visit, It´s the best way to discover the entire island. Our first stop will be at SÃO DOMINGOS CITY to visit a small garden called “Eco Centro” a perfect place for fauna and flora lovers. We will continue our visit with short stop at ORGÃOS and PICOS CITY to admire two impressives mountains which are the symbol of those cities. Moving on to ASSOMADA CITY-the second largest city and most developed city on the island after Praia. The city has a lot of tourist attractions to be visited for example its two famous markets and the museum, it has one of the most beautiful church in the country, you will visit a small village called Boa Entrada, it’s a green valley with a lot of fruit plants. You will bw taken to a small park where it has the biggest and oldest tree(Kapok tree) in Cabo Verde with more than 700 years. Our next stop will be at the SERRA MALAGUETA NATURAL PARK, the view there is incredible due to its altitude (1000 meters), continuing our visit to the most touristic city on the island –TARRAFAL CITY. It has the most beautiful beach on the island (white sand) there you will have a break in which you can lunch and swim. After the lunch we will drive back this time to the wonderful east coast, stop at the VILLAGE OF RABELADOS-rebels who resisted the Portuguese colonizer in 1941. The houses are built of coconut tree trunks, ropes made with fibers of sisal and intertwined coconut leaves, move on to CALHETA CITY- a small city on the east coast where the locals depend on fishing perfect place to have a contact with the locals, drive on to Santa Cruz city- the city is so famous and visited because it has the largest banana and coconut plantation in Cabo Verde, 15 min. hike on the plantation, the tour will end up with drop-off at your accommodation.

From Praia: Cidade Velha, Tarrafal & East Side Island Tour

From Praia: Cidade Velha, Tarrafal & East Side Island Tour

Embark on a delightful journey with a pickup from your accommodation, whisking you away to the captivating Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the rich history during a guided walking tour, exploring the iconic São Filipe Fortress, the former slave market, and the charming Banana Street with its charming thatched houses. Next, venture into the heart of the island to learn the art of local cuisine with a welcoming family, where you'll prepare the mouthwatering Cape Verdean Couscous, a traditional cake made from corn flour. After the workshop, journey through the picturesque mountains, making photo stops at the villages of Picos, Assomada, and Serra Malagueta Natural Park. Be dazzled by incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level before you arrive at Santiago's most beautiful beach, Tarrafal beach. Here, swim and relax on the shore surrounded by hills and palm trees. Stop for a delicious lunch and then drive along the beautiful east coast road and, if available, at your own expenses, refresh yourself with fresh coconut water at the largest plantation in the country. The tour ends with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Tarrafal: Boat Tour with Drinks and Snorkeling

Tarrafal: Boat Tour with Drinks and Snorkeling

Discover the beauty of Tarrafal Bay and its surroundings on an incredible boat tour with an experienced pilot. Enjoy this unique experience with a group of up to 12 people. The price is per person and drinks are included. Book now and sail in style. Come aboard with an experienced pilot and discover the Bai de Tarrafal as you've never seen it before. Depart from Tarrafal via the lighthouse to Fazenda or sail to Ribeira da Prata. Enjoy a swim or snorkel in complete tranquility. Whether you're a couple or a group, you're sure to enjoy this outing. Depart from Tarrafal Beach after payment. Then head for Fazenda or Ribeira da Prata, depending on sea conditions. Drinks (beer, water, and fruit juice) are included in the price. Aperitifs and champagne are optional extras.

Tarrafal Bay Boat Trip and Beach Day

Tarrafal Bay Boat Trip and Beach Day

Have a no-stress day on Tarrafal Beach, one of the most beautiful areas on the island of Santiago. Your day starts with pickup from Praia, Assomada, or Cidade Velha before heading to the Green Bay of Tarrafal.   Your first experience of the day will be a boat trip to the lighthouse. On this fun adventure of about 40 minutes, visit Mount Graciosa and the Ponta Preta lighthouse, where you can take in the magnificent landscapes of the Bay and the sight of local fishermen bringing fresh fish to the island.   After lunch, it’s time to relax on Tarrafal Beach, a small white-sand beach with crystal-clear waters, surrounded by hills and coconut palm trees. In the late afternoon, return to the interior of the island, with the incredible sunset reflecting between the valleys and mountains.

Free session 1 hour JETSKI

Free session 1 hour JETSKI

Enjoy a moment of pure adrenaline aboard our Yamaha Jetski and discover the magnificent tarrafal bay. Surf the waves and discover the island's suave coastline. You're sure to love it. Our guide will give you a few instructions before you set off, and then you're free for your session. Don't worry, you're not alone: our jetskis are equipped with gps and a talking control system. In the event of a problem, our guide will intervene immediately to ensure your safety Discover the stunning beaches of Tarrafal on a jet ski rental. Explore the area from a unique perspective Rent a jet ski and explore the beaches of Tarrafal, on the island of Santiago, in Cabo Verde. Enjoy the beautiful combination of golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and pleasant weather throughout the year. Take in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, creating a spectacular coastal landscape for visitors.

Private tour: Explore Santiago Island

Private tour: Explore Santiago Island

Stop 1 - Sao Domingos small village Time to learn about local people and their daily life in the communities. Stop 2 - Assomada Market Visit the main fruits and vegetable market on the island each Wednesday and saturday and see how the locals work and do their Business. Stop 3 - Natural Park of Serra Malagueta Here you will enjoy the most beautiful mountain view from 800 m altitude. Stop 4 - Tarrafal In Tarrafal you will enjoy a free time to have your lunch or chill on the beach bar or just walk on the beach. Stop 5 - East Coast Along the east coast of the island you will find some small fishing villages next to the immense atlantic ocean, and you will visit the valley of thousand palms which looks like an oasis full of green trees.

Tarrafal Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Praia: Santiago Island Tour with Tastings and Tarrafal Beach

Praia: Santiago Island Tour with Tastings and Tarrafal Beach

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 meal for Cape Verdean families. After that, 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. Enjoy photographic stops at the majestic volcanic slopes of Calheta and the magnificent Valley of a Thousand Palms in Santa Cruz. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.

From Praia: Santiago Day Trip - Discover the Island in 1 Day

From Praia: Santiago Day Trip - Discover the Island in 1 Day

Stop 1 - Assomada Beside a view point with a wonderful panaroma over the second largest city of the island, each Saturday and Wednesday you can also visit the vegetable market which is a great touristic attraction. Stop 2 - Natural Park of Serra Malagueta Here you will enjoy one of the most beautiful natural scenery of the island, with amazing lake view from a plateau located 800 m altitude, perfect spot to creat hundred of pictures.  Stop 3 - Tarrafal In Tarrafal you will enjoy a free time for you to walk on the beach and wach the fisherman comming from their activities, or even to take time to explore the local cuisine based on frish grilled fish and sea food, or even to chill on the beach bar. Obs: the lunch is not included but we can help you to organize some. Stop 4 - East Coast Along the east coast of the island you will discover some small fishing villages next to the immense atlantic ocean, and enjoy the most beautiful coastal views on the island from Tarrafal to Santa Cruz. In Pedra Badejo you will pass by the largest banana plantation and coconut trees of the island, perfect time to deal with the local vendors and taste a sweet and fresh coconut water before you come back to your accommodation in Praia.

Santiago Island: Serra Malagueta & Tarrafal Beach Trek Tour

Santiago Island: Serra Malagueta & Tarrafal Beach Trek Tour

Get picked up at your accommodation and embark on a scenic drive through the majestic mountains, heading towards the renowned Serra Malagueta Natural Park, where your thrilling hiking adventure awaits. As you start your hike through fertile areas at an altitude of 850 metres above sea level, you'll be accompanied by an expert guide who will lead you through the lush landscapes of the park, spanning an impressive 774 hectares. Keep your eyes peeled for the incredible diversity of flora and fauna found here, including more than 124 species of plants and 19 species of birds. Your guide will share fascinating insights about the local ecosystem, highlighting the unique species that can only be found in this protected area. Take a break for a delightful picnic amidst the stunning natural surroundings. While you enjoy your meal, your knowledgeable guide will also share information about the sustainable initiatives that have been implemented to ensure the preservation of this precious ecosystem for generations to come. After a rewarding hike, you'll make your way back to the starting point and then head to the picturesque Tarrafal Beach, the most beautiful beach on Santiago Island. Here, you can unwind and relax on the shore, or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. Finally, with cherished memories of a day filled with adventure, natural beauty, and insights into sustainable practices, you'll be comfortably driven back to your accommodation in Praia.

From Praia: Santiago Island Highlights Tour

From Praia: Santiago Island Highlights Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from the Port of Praia. Find your driver easily as they will be holding a sign board with your name on it. Sit back and relax in a comfortable and spacious van. Choose between a private or a group tour. Take in the mountain scenery and stop for photos in the charming villages of São Domingos, São Laurenço dos Órgãos, and Assomada. Capture pictures of lush rolling landscapes in the Serra Malagueta Natural Park. Admire views of the island from 1000 meters above sea level before arriving at Tarrafal beach. Swim in the crystal clear water and lie back on the sandy beach which is surrounded by hills and palm trees. Have the option to purchase a local lunch. Head down a coastal road on the east side of the island and stop at the largest coconut plantation in the country where you can buy a fresh coconut water. Return to the Port of Praia at the end of the tour.

Santiago Island Tour

Santiago Island Tour

Pick up in the morning at your accommodation and taking you to the interior of Santiago island, it´s the largest island of Cabo Verde it takes a full-day tour to explore and experience the best of it with plenty of cultural and historical places to visit, It´s the best way to discover the entire island. Our first stop will be at SÃO DOMINGOS CITY to visit a small garden called “Eco Centro” a perfect place for fauna and flora lovers. We will continue our visit with short stop at ORGÃOS and PICOS CITY to admire two impressives mountains which are the symbol of those cities. Moving on to ASSOMADA CITY-the second largest city and most developed city on the island after Praia. The city has a lot of tourist attractions to be visited for example its two famous markets and the museum, it has one of the most beautiful church in the country, you will visit a small village called Boa Entrada, it’s a green valley with a lot of fruit plants. You will bw taken to a small park where it has the biggest and oldest tree(Kapok tree) in Cabo Verde with more than 700 years. Our next stop will be at the SERRA MALAGUETA NATURAL PARK, the view there is incredible due to its altitude (1000 meters), continuing our visit to the most touristic city on the island –TARRAFAL CITY. It has the most beautiful beach on the island (white sand) there you will have a break in which you can lunch and swim. After the lunch we will drive back this time to the wonderful east coast, stop at the VILLAGE OF RABELADOS-rebels who resisted the Portuguese colonizer in 1941. The houses are built of coconut tree trunks, ropes made with fibers of sisal and intertwined coconut leaves, move on to CALHETA CITY- a small city on the east coast where the locals depend on fishing perfect place to have a contact with the locals, drive on to Santa Cruz city- the city is so famous and visited because it has the largest banana and coconut plantation in Cabo Verde, 15 min. hike on the plantation, the tour will end up with drop-off at your accommodation.

From Praia: Cidade Velha, Tarrafal & East Side Island Tour

From Praia: Cidade Velha, Tarrafal & East Side Island Tour

Embark on a delightful journey with a pickup from your accommodation, whisking you away to the captivating Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the rich history during a guided walking tour, exploring the iconic São Filipe Fortress, the former slave market, and the charming Banana Street with its charming thatched houses. Next, venture into the heart of the island to learn the art of local cuisine with a welcoming family, where you'll prepare the mouthwatering Cape Verdean Couscous, a traditional cake made from corn flour. After the workshop, journey through the picturesque mountains, making photo stops at the villages of Picos, Assomada, and Serra Malagueta Natural Park. Be dazzled by incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level before you arrive at Santiago's most beautiful beach, Tarrafal beach. Here, swim and relax on the shore surrounded by hills and palm trees. Stop for a delicious lunch and then drive along the beautiful east coast road and, if available, at your own expenses, refresh yourself with fresh coconut water at the largest plantation in the country. The tour ends with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Tarrafal: Boat Tour with Drinks and Snorkeling

Tarrafal: Boat Tour with Drinks and Snorkeling

Discover the beauty of Tarrafal Bay and its surroundings on an incredible boat tour with an experienced pilot. Enjoy this unique experience with a group of up to 12 people. The price is per person and drinks are included. Book now and sail in style. Come aboard with an experienced pilot and discover the Bai de Tarrafal as you've never seen it before. Depart from Tarrafal via the lighthouse to Fazenda or sail to Ribeira da Prata. Enjoy a swim or snorkel in complete tranquility. Whether you're a couple or a group, you're sure to enjoy this outing. Depart from Tarrafal Beach after payment. Then head for Fazenda or Ribeira da Prata, depending on sea conditions. Drinks (beer, water, and fruit juice) are included in the price. Aperitifs and champagne are optional extras.

Tarrafal Bay Boat Trip and Beach Day

Tarrafal Bay Boat Trip and Beach Day

Have a no-stress day on Tarrafal Beach, one of the most beautiful areas on the island of Santiago. Your day starts with pickup from Praia, Assomada, or Cidade Velha before heading to the Green Bay of Tarrafal.   Your first experience of the day will be a boat trip to the lighthouse. On this fun adventure of about 40 minutes, visit Mount Graciosa and the Ponta Preta lighthouse, where you can take in the magnificent landscapes of the Bay and the sight of local fishermen bringing fresh fish to the island.   After lunch, it’s time to relax on Tarrafal Beach, a small white-sand beach with crystal-clear waters, surrounded by hills and coconut palm trees. In the late afternoon, return to the interior of the island, with the incredible sunset reflecting between the valleys and mountains.

Free session 1 hour JETSKI

Free session 1 hour JETSKI

Enjoy a moment of pure adrenaline aboard our Yamaha Jetski and discover the magnificent tarrafal bay. Surf the waves and discover the island's suave coastline. You're sure to love it. Our guide will give you a few instructions before you set off, and then you're free for your session. Don't worry, you're not alone: our jetskis are equipped with gps and a talking control system. In the event of a problem, our guide will intervene immediately to ensure your safety Discover the stunning beaches of Tarrafal on a jet ski rental. Explore the area from a unique perspective Rent a jet ski and explore the beaches of Tarrafal, on the island of Santiago, in Cabo Verde. Enjoy the beautiful combination of golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and pleasant weather throughout the year. Take in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, creating a spectacular coastal landscape for visitors.

Private tour: Explore Santiago Island

Private tour: Explore Santiago Island

Stop 1 - Sao Domingos small village Time to learn about local people and their daily life in the communities. Stop 2 - Assomada Market Visit the main fruits and vegetable market on the island each Wednesday and saturday and see how the locals work and do their Business. Stop 3 - Natural Park of Serra Malagueta Here you will enjoy the most beautiful mountain view from 800 m altitude. Stop 4 - Tarrafal In Tarrafal you will enjoy a free time to have your lunch or chill on the beach bar or just walk on the beach. Stop 5 - East Coast Along the east coast of the island you will find some small fishing villages next to the immense atlantic ocean, and you will visit the valley of thousand palms which looks like an oasis full of green trees.

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4.9
(53 reviews)

We are 4 backpackers who have been in Cape Verde in May 2024. Our intention was to arrive in Praia and leave, but due to flight and ferry schedules we were forced to spend two days in Praia and we opted to do this excursion, which was a very pretty. They took us to a local house and we learned to cook typical dishes of the island, the Tarrafal beach was spectacular and the fresh fish food at the beach bar was very good. The guides and the driver were 10. It was lucky to find you and spend the whole day with you to discover the Island! A big hug from the 4 travelers.

I had a great day with Nuria; elisandro and Katia and our driver who drove very well..everything was perfectly organized...nuria spoke French very well and allowed me to discover this wonderful island...thank you a thousand times...I recommend with my eyes closed. ..everything was perfect I leave with a heart full of pleasure...

Santiago is a beautiful and cultural island, and our guides were phenomenal showing and teaching us. Eva was so great as well as the others. This guide provided so much insight on the food, music, community, beaches, and beauty of this island. I recommend 10000x over. Choose this guide over any other! Thank you again

It was simply magical! Lots of professionalism and kindness. We feel that the guides pour their hearts into it and help us discover their country that they love so much. Thank you again for this wonderful day

Everything was perfect thank you, full recommended