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From Praia: Santiago Island Tour, Workshop & Tarrafal Beach

1. From Praia: Santiago Island Tour, Workshop & 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 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.

From Tarrafal: Santiago Island Tour with a Certified Guide

2. From Tarrafal: Santiago Island Tour with a Certified Guide

Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural wonders of Cape Verde on this captivating tour from Tarrafal. Begin with a hotel pickup in Tarrafal and visit the unique Rabelados Community, where you'll learn about their traditions and way of life. Continue to Santa Cruz and explore a banana plantation, engaging with local farmers. Indulge in a lunchtime break with a welcoming local family, immersing yourself in their warm hospitality. Delight in a delicious meal while being serenaded by captivating local melodies. Uncover unique traditions, forging unforgettable memories that will endure for a lifetime. Next, explore the vibrant Assomada Market, browse local produce and crafts, and find unique souvenirs. Aftre that, drive up to Serra Malagueta Natural Park, capture stunning photographs as you enjoy breathtaking views and connect with nature. Your guide will provide insightful commentary throughout, and at the end of the tour, you'll be transported back to your accommodation in Tarrafal

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

3. 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.

From Tarrafal: Hike Natural Park Serra malagueta

4. From Tarrafal: Hike Natural Park Serra malagueta

You will meet your guide in front of the main church of Tarrafala at the scheduled time and together you will take public transport towards the Serra Malagueta natural park, this journey by car can take about half an hour. Upon arriving at the park you will explore the most beautiful landscapes and mountains of this island. This trail is about 4 km distance downhill with panoramic views of the valley and distant villages down, your destination is the village of Principal where a big water dam is located. After the hike, take another public transport and return to Tarrafal.

sao nicolau island Tour

5. sao nicolau island Tour

Your Guide will pick you up from your hotel and visit the center of Vila Ribeira Brava and discover the historical and cultural highlights of the old colonial town, which still retains a unique architecture style from the colonial era, with narrow streets reminiscent of ancient European cities. Then you will forward to visit the first port created on the island with its defense garrison that started the population of this island, today the village is inhabited by some fishermen. Then we will head to the north of the island and visit land richer in minerals and where the inhabitants practice agricultural activities in Faja de Água, here you will also visit the largest gallery of water in the country. One of the villages with the best view is still part of our itinerary, the village of Cachaco with its colonial chapel located at the top of the hill offers one of the best panoramic views of the island. The Carbeirinho is a set of carved volcanic rock with a unique formation that is considered one of the 7 wonders of Cape Verde. Praia Branca is a village in the far north of the island where the sodade song sung by Cesária Evora was written.

Day with locals people

6. Day with locals people

Explore the authentic side of the island with a local people, having an unforgetable experience; Enjoy a visit to a traditional market where you'll have the oportunity to interact with cape verdean womens and buy necessary products to prepare a typical plate of Cabo Verde; Learn the techniques of cooking on a traditional stove (three stone stove); Taste sugar cane juices in all its stages ; This is a full day tour that starts by picking you up at your hotel, then visit the Assomada market, right away you'll move to the village of Mato Baixo at the end get dropped of at the hotel.

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What people are saying about Tarrafal

The beginning of the excursion got off to a very good start, the guides Aylton & Djibril are full of energy and good humor. The stop at Mami Luzia was our crush ♥️ . Guitarist Gustavo and Mami Luiza's cooking demonstration was great! We ate well and learned a lot. Dance, joy and good humor. The program of the day is well thought out, the landscapes are breathtaking, and there are stops dedicated to taking your photos. The guides supervise us and offer us the best spots. A good atmosphere guaranteed throughout the day. A big thank you to Djibril & Aylton you are brilliant and without forgetting the driver who knew how to accompany us throughout our circuit. Your turn !

My sister and I had a great time. This tour is a must to discover Santiago island. Our guides Alton and Djebre where fantastic, the driver also who accompanied us trough out the adventure. Eating, dancing and laughter at Mama Luisa’s. The whole tour was filled with joy, new discoveries and making new connections Do not hesitate to book.

I was the only one to book this tour for the day, so the agency recommended a slightly different one - it included a boat trip on top of everything else, so I also got to snorkel a bit and join the fish bbq on the beach. It was a great day full of fun experiences and Maria and Ricardo were excellent guides.

Great experience, amazing landscape views on the way, beautiful beach. Guide arrived on my time and was nice and helpful.

We had a great day with Maria and Elton. We especially enjoyed our visit to mama Louise