Cape Verde’s green islands with mountains, fertile green valleys and romantic villages are a hiking paradise par excellence. The sun that almost always shines and a pleasant breeze make hiking extra enjoyable. Besides being a perfect hiking island, this is also a good place for nature lovers. The valleys are true tropical oases. After an intensive day, it is great to relax on one of the deserted beaches with white or volcanic black sand. Ideal for a perfect walking holiday!
Which islands are most suitable for hiking holidays?
There are a number of islands in Cape Verde that are very suitable for hiking holidays, each with its own unique charm and landscapes. Islands that are very suitable for hiking are as follows:
Santo Antao is known as the hiking paradise of Cape Verde. It offers spectacular mountain landscapes, deep valleys and breathtaking cliffs. The island’s landscape is very varied: from parts with a black lava moonscape and dense forestation to fertile valleys with coconut, pineapple and mango trees, among others. A popular hiking route on is the “Ribeira Grande to Ponta do Sol“. This route on Santo Antao runs along several green valleys and past picturesque villages.
For your hiking holiday, Sao Nicolau is also highly recommended. This island is a peaceful destination with several hiking possibilities. The island’s landscape is very varied. The mountainous island has fertile soil in the west and the lower areas in the east are very dry. At the foot of the mountain range you will find sugar cane and coffee plantations. Plenty of bananas, oranges, papayas, and beans also grow there. The “Monte Gordo” is a favourite route, where you climb the impressive Monte Gordo mountain and enjoy panoramic views over the island.
Brava is known as Cape Verde’s “green island” for its lush vegetation and mountainous terrain. Although a small and remote island, it is particularly suitable for hikers due to its abundance of hiking trails and beautiful nature.
Fogo is home to the volcano of the same name, Pico do Fogo. Climbing the volcano is an adventure in itself. During the hike, you can admire the changes in the volcanic landscape. A popular route is the “Chã das Caldeiras”, which takes you through the volcano’s impressive crater.
The largest island in Cape Verde, Santiago also offers some great hiking opportunities. The Serra Malagueta National park is a good place for hikers. There several hiking trails for both beginners and advanced hikers. You will find several unusual and endangered flora and fauna here and has lush forests. In addition, the park Natural da Serra de Pico da Antonia is recommended during a hiking holiday. This protected natural area offers good hiking possibilities.
Best travel time for a hiking holiday
The climate and weather varies from island to island. In general, the best time for a hiking holiday to Cape Verde is usually during the dry season, which runs from November to July. During these months, the weather is usually sunny and pleasant, which is ideal for hikers who like clear views and exploring nature. The months of March, April, May, September and October are often considered ideal due to pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds.
On the other hand, the rainy season is from August to September. During this period, the islands can become greener due to rain, but showers can also occur.