“The Island of Culture and Nightlife”
São Vicente is where you will find the city of Mindelo, the birthplace and hometown of Cesária Évora. Even posthumously she remains Cape Verde’s musical ambassador to the world and is lovingly known as “The Barefoot Diva.” Before her passing in 2011 at the age of 70, she could be found around Mindelo enjoying a meal with a friend or having a smoke out of her lovely but inconspicuous home on one of the city’s main streets.
Mindelo is the capital of Cape Verdean music and the visual arts in general. Here you’ll find cozy cafes, upbeat nightclubs, and laid-back lounges. And as for the rest of the time, there’s beautiful Laginha Beach, located right near the heart of the city, where sea- and sun-bathers congregate to enjoy the tropical vibes.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, ask us about a day trip to uninhabited Santa Luzia, which is only accessible from São Vicente’s eastern coast.