sÃo nicolau

A beautiful gem for active travellers

One thing is clear: the 343 km² big island of São Nicolau, still mostly untouched by tourism, will blow you away. Mountains and valleys as far as the eye can see. A paradise for hikers and nature lovers. But also beach people get their enjoyment: Either on secluded dream beaches, which you can usually enjoy all to yourself, or in the countless natural swimming pools along the coast.

The journey is either via Mindelo, Praia or Sal. Ideally by plane with Best Fly Cabo Verde, but there are also ferry connections. The island is great for island hopping. It is worth planning enough days, as the island is very long.

Ribeira Brava is located pretty much in the middle of São Nicolau. The manageable town with its narrow streets is the perfect starting point for hikes. The old mansions are reminiscent of the colonial era. The city, which is surrounded by mountains in a green valley, was built as a retreat from pirates.

On the west coast lies the village Tarrafal. It is usually oppressively hot here and perfect for enjoying a few days at the beach. From here you can access the unique sand formations of Carberinho, which is considered one of the 7 wonders of Cape Verde.

The highest point on the island is Monte Gordo, which is also home to a nature park. Mystical clouds often surround him and make a hike particularly spectacular. The hike can be extended to the coast until the village of Praia Branca or into the valley of Ribeira da Prata.

On the eastern side of the island, Juncalinho is worth a visit. The charming little village is right on the coast. Here you can swim in the big, natural sea pools!

For the more adventurous, the journey continues over the mountains to Carriçal. Here you have the feeling of having reached the end of the world. The coastal village at the end of the street is picturesque with its Coco trees. 


The island tour by 4x4 car is divided into 2 days, due to the size of the island. The tours are accompanied by a local guide and you will get a wonderful impression of São Nicolau.