THE GROGUE TRAIL
Grogue, grogu or grogo, is the most famous alcoholic beverage in Cape Verde, made from sugarcane. Its production remains artisanal with the famous “
Its production remains artisanal with the famous “trapiche”, the press to extract the precious juice. On this specific Grogue Trail
On this specific Grogue Trail Tour you will see how grogue is made, discover the main island where it is produced and get acquainted with the Cape Verdean culture & gastronomy.
- Guided 8-day tour
- Sightseeing and hiking with English guide
- Grogue tasting at local distilleries
- Cheese tasting, local cuisine and visit to home-grown organic eco-restaurant
- Village tours, Jeep safari, Ferry to see dolphins and flying fish
- See Santo Antão island and São Vicente's capital; Mindelo city
- Visit local organisations and social projects
- Visit places of famous artists, musicians, poets...
Excursions included and extras also available
- 3 nights at BB at Avenida / Residencial Mindelo / Don Paco
- 4 nights at BB at Santo Antão Art Resort
- Return Transfers from Apartments, Hotels, Excursions and Pier
- English-speaking guide
- Return Ferry tickets From Mindelo to Santo Antão
- 2 dinners with live music in Mindelo
- Excursions on 2nd, 3rd and 5th days of the tour
Prices are valid until 1st of May 2018.
Welcome to Cabo Verde
Welcome to the international airport of São Vicente "Cesaria Evora" paying homage to the famous Cape Verdean singer. Transfer to your hotel in Mindelo.
In the evening, you will have a nice typical dinner in a centrally located restaurant. The Italian sommelier will make a lecture about the production of the national spirit followed by a Grogue tasting. You will enjoy live music and fine food.
Meal included: Dinner
Discover São Vicente
This day is dedicated to the visit of the small volcanic island of São Vicente. During the tour you will visit small fishing villages like Salamansa, Baia das Gatas and Calhau and enjoy the ocean view with 3 grogue tastings. At Monte Verde (Green Hill), the summit, you will embrace a breathtaking panorama watching Santo Antão, Santa Luzia, Ilha Branco, Ilha Raso and São Nicolau. The highlight of the tour is a special lunch in Madeiral with live music and dance performance (min. 15 pers.). The journey back to Mindelo takes you next to „oasis” of Ribeira Calhau. You will savor a glass of grogue by the shadow of palm trees.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Mindelo & Santo Antão
In the morning, the 4 hours’ tour is dedicated to the visit of the cosmopolitan Mindelo, the second biggest city of the archipelago, a pure combination of heritage, history and present of the cultural and intellectual elite of the country.
In one of the colourful markets downtown, you will stop in bars to have a grogue tasting. After lunch, we take the ferry to Santo Antão. During the 60 minutes’ journey, you may see dolphins and flying fishes. Check-in in your hotel by the seaside. Afternoon remains at your disposal. Enjoy the ocean in this nice resort offering a very large swimming pool.
Meal: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4 (Optional)
Discover the wild west
Santo Antão is the second biggest and greenest island of Cape Verde. The island’s landscape is full of remarkable contrasts, with exuberant vegetation with sugarcane, pine and cedar trees on the north contrasting with the desert landscape of the south.
In the morning, we will reach O Curral das Vacas for your first grogue stop with a great view over the longest canyon of the island. Our next grogue stop will take place in Alto Mira, then, we will visit a traditional trapiche in Ribeira da Cruz with tasting. Continuation to a sugarcane farm in Lagedos where we have our lunch and a last grogue tasting stop. Late afternoon, you will rest in your hotel.
Meal included: Breakfast and Lunch
Panorama and Trapiche
Do not miss this tour which leads you to the panoramic road on the so called “strada velha” (old road) which goes from the deserted south to the lush green northern part of the island. You will benefit from the breathtaking beauty of the valleys going downward the ravines, dotted here and there with small villages.
We will enjoy our first grogue and cheese taste in Espongeiro close to the Cova-volcano. Then, the tour will continue until Coculi with the visit of a sugarcane farm (trapiche) where we will participate to the elaboration of our traditional meal the “cachupa”. Grogue tasting. Late afternoon, return to your hotel.
Meal: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6 (Optional)
Dive into the green Paul Valley
The first stop to enjoy the ocean breeze is planned in Janela for the grogue tasting. Our road follows the coast until we reach the city “Vilas das Pombas”, which is the entry to the Paul Valley, the greenest of Cape Verde islands. After a visit to the traditional trapiche of Senhor Ildo, the pave road reaches O Curral, an eco-restaurant doted of a grogue distillery in the middle of the lush-green valley, where the owners, Alfred and his wife Christina prepare a wonderful lunch with their own products of their garden (organic food). Grogue tasting. the next stop at the bottom of the valley awaits you. Late afternoon, return to you hotel.
Meas included: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7 (Optional)
Morning transfer to the harbour to take the ferry back to Mindelo. Accommodation is in the city centre. Time at leisure or as Optional a jeep tour with the following itinerary: Palha Carga – Selada de Baleia – Monte Verde from behind – Mato Ingles – Mindelo
Farewell dinner with live music in the city centre to discover the nightlife of Mindelo and enjoy the spots famous for a selection of the greatest guitar players.
Meal: Breakfast and Dinner
Return to your home country
Morning free time to enjoy the city beach Laginha or do some shopping in Mindelo. Early afternoon transfer to the APT and fly back to Europe.
Meal included: Breakfast