15 days in Cape Verde & Azores Itinerary

15 days in Cape Verde & Azores Itinerary

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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
— 2 nights
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Praia, Cape Verde
— 1 night
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Mindelo, Cape Verde
— 2 nights
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Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
— 1 night
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Horta, Portugal
— 1 night
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 3 nights

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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

Ilha do Sal ©
Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
Ilha do Sal is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Maria, admire the natural beauty at Viveiro, Botanical Garden & Zoo di Terra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Buracona.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ilha do Sal day trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Ilha do Sal is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Cape Verde Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Ilha do Sal to be warmer, temps between 80°F and 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Praia.

Things to do in Ilha do Sal

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Praia de Santa Maria ©
Praia de Santa Maria
Salinas de Pedra de Lume ©
Salinas de Pedra de Lume

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Praia, Cape Verde

Praia ©
The capital and largest city of Cabo Verde, Praia represents one of the most renowned commercial centers in Africa.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha Beach, kick back and relax at Quebra Canela Beach, then steep yourself in history at Pelourinho, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Real de San Felipe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Praia trip site.

You can fly from Ilha do Sal to Praia in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mindelo.

Things to do in Praia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Cidade Velha
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Fortaleza Real de San Felipe ©
Fortaleza Real de San Felipe
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario ©
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario
Pelourinho ©
Pelourinho

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Mindelo, Cape Verde

Mindelo ©
Situated on the northern tip of Sao Vicente island, the lively port town of Mindelo envelops crescent-shaped Porto Grande Bay and houses almost all of the island's population.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sao Pedro Beach, then kick back and relax at Praia da Laginha, and then look for gifts at Capvertdesign+Artesanato. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Torre de Belem, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Peixe, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Verde.

Before you visit Mindelo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Praia to Mindelo in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Mindelo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Sao Vicente, Sao Pedro Beach
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Praia da Laginha ©
Praia da Laginha
Monte Verde ©
Monte Verde
Mercado de Peixe ©
Mercado de Peixe

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Angra do Heroismo, Portugal

Angra do Heroismo ©
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Monte Brasil, then pause for some serene contemplation at Se Cathedral, then shop like a local with Duque de Braganca Market, and finally Head underground at Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional. Keep things going the next day: stop by Atlantic Souvenir, walk around Duke of Terceira Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Angra do Heroismo, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally get great views at Miradouro da Serra do Cume.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Angra do Heroismo trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mindelo to Angra do Heroismo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Horta.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Miradouro da Serra do Cume, Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional
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Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional ©
Miradouro da Serra do Cume ©
Miradouro da Serra do Cume
Swim with Dolphins

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Horta, Portugal

Horta ©
Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head off the coast to Vulcão dos Capelinhos, take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Matriz do Santissimo Salvador, and finally examine the collection at Museu Scrimshaw. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Porto Pim, then make a trip to Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Angustias, and then take in the waterfront activity at The Marina of Horta.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Horta online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Angra do Heroismo to Horta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Horta are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Horta

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vulcão dos Capelinhos
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Vulcão dos Capelinhos ©
Vulcão dos Capelinhos
Caldeira ©
Caldeira
Museu Scrimshaw ©
Museu Scrimshaw

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija, Caldeiras Vulcânicas, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, get great views at Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana, and explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada attractions planner.

You can fly from Horta to Ponta Delgada in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija
Parque Terra Nostra ©
Parque Terra Nostra

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