Sunday 12 January 2025 - 13-days
Another exclusive & exciting small group Winter Sun holiday with solent events on tour!

We LOVE Winter Sun holidays! For January 2025, Solent Events is offering a truly unique opportunity to visit TWO aspects of Portugal!
Experience 2-nights in the beautiful city of Lisbon, before exploring and relaxing on THREE beautiful islands in the Cape Verde Archipelago with our exclusive small, group holiday (max 14) – and at the same time, get away  from our cold & dreary UK winter!

Cape Verde is famous for its warm tropical climate, volcanic islands, wonderful musicians and delicious cuisine. It’s becoming popular with Europeans as a winter escape as it’s the next best thing to the all-the-year-round Caribbean – but not so far to travel! The time difference is just 1 hour behind UK time too. The temperature is unique and just perfect. Hot & sunny with a constant breeze to keep you comfortable.

For some, the idea of a Cape Verde holiday is shrouded in mystery – reserved only for the most intrepid traveller. Yet, whether you’re a beach lover, an adventurer, a walker or a culture lover, this all-the-year round destination has something for everyone – and is a big Bucket List tick-off, especially if you would prefer, like us, to visit somewhere before it becomes too well-known …  therefore too touristy!

It’s only a 5 ½ hr direct flight from the UK but the nightmare travel comany, TUI has the absolute monopoly, so this year we’re going via Lisbon with TAP Airways for a bit of Portuguese city culture (and winter temperatures of around 15 degrees), before soaking up the year-round sunshine in Cape Verde, where temperatures rarely fall below 20C (average daily max of 25C) and 6-hours of sunshine! It’s therefore the perfect place for a spot of winter sun and relaxation!

As stated above, we will not only experience the cultures by staying on TWO beautiful islands (Sao Vicente & Sal), but we will also have the opportunity to visit the island of Santo Antao by ferry fro Sao Vicente. We will also have ample time to unwind on the sandy beach, by the hotel pool and swim in clear turquoise waters, especially in Sal.

If you’re like most of our Solent Events clients who are not the type to spend 12-days sunbathing on a beach, you can be as adventurous as you like by exploring these islands. They all have spectacular scenery, pretty local villages & fishing ports, markets & wine producers. In fact, the Portuguese/North African/Brazilian influences of these islands are set to enthrall you.
This fascinating, volcanic archipelago is situated in the Atlantic Ocean off the NW coast of Africa, about 600km west of Senegal. Cape Verde shares maritime borders with Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, and Senegal.


Sao Vicente Island – With an area of 227 km², São Vicente is one of the smaller islands of Cape Verde. The second largest city in the archipelago, Mindelo, is  is known as the cultural capital of the country. São Vicente is dominated by Monte Verde (750 m), which, together with two other mountain ranges (the Madeiral and Fateixa massifs), defines the island’s image. From here you have a good view of the surrounding countryside, the city of Mindelo and the neighbouring island of Santo Antão. On clear days, you can even see the uninhabited islands of Santa Lucia, Branca and Raso. Mindelo Port has its own marina and we will be staying right enext to it with fantastic views over the sea! 

Santo Antao – Just in case you would prefer to stay around the pool, our day excursion to Santo Antao will be a pre-bookable option. Santo Antao is an island where towering green peaks and fertile craters meet cliff-hanging towns, The island offers a new adventure at every twist and turn. Santo Antao seems worlds away from the golden sands of Sal and is relatively untouched by any tourism.

Imagine breathtaking panoramas and deep ribeiras set against a bright blue sky – welcome to Santo Antão. 

Sal Island – a beach lover’s paradise. In addition to its beaches, Sal is the flattest island in the archipelago and is also characterised by lunar landscapes, small oasis and salt flats. While the island was a centre of salt mining for a long time, hence the name “Sal” (salt), in the meantime it is used almost exclusively for its own needs and for its a steadily growing tourism, so relax and soak up the sun on its endless stretches of pristine white sand and swim in the warm, clear turquoise waters.

As we know, there’s no better way to spend a grey, cold UK January than in tropical sunshine and exploring pastures unknown, so please think about joining our small, like-minded group!

The final pick-up times and details of our journey will be shown in a  comprehensive Travel Pack delivered to your door 8-10 days before departure, but in the meantime, if you have any queries or questions, however small, please do not hesitate to ask. See the proposed itinerary below

VISAS Visitors from the UK for stays of up to 30 days do not now require a visa, but in place of a visa, there is an Airport Security Tax (AST). The Cape Verde Airport Security Tax is to cover the costs for border security, prevention and safety. The form and payment of approx €31 must be submitted no later than 7-days prior to departure. Solent Events will endeavour to complete these forms for all guests if at all possible.

NB. This tour may not be suitable for those with limited or very slow mobility, as some walking on uneven ground, steps and gradients may be encountered during this tour.

BOOKINGS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN – the maximum number of 14.

A few images of our two hotels on the beautiful islands of
Sal & Santiago, nestled in the
Cape Verde archipelago


PRICE: £2,995pp

What's Included?

What's Not Included?

Our Winter Sun Holiday is arranged in conjunction with Award-winning, Archipelago Choice of Keswick, who are fully bonded for your total peace of mind and financial protection.

ARCHIPELAGO CHOICE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT LOW IMPACT, RESPONSIBLE TOURISM and believe it’s vital to keep the Cape Verde &  Azores islands unspoilt, special places for wildlife, local people and visitors alike. When you visit the islands, you will notice that they try to offer accommodation in smaller family establishments (where possible) and those which blend in well with the environment.  As a member of AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), their efforts have been recognised by achieving the highest 5-star award for our responsible tourism and give information on how to be an environmentally friendly traveller to all clients.

They are also proud to be involved in and contribute to, several community and conservation projects around the islands:
* Institute on Sao Vicente for children aged 0-12 years providing essential services, including a support centre in Mindelo for child victims of violence, sexual abuse and those that have been abandoned. They also provide an emergency helpline number, a bit like the UK Childline.
* A kindergarten on Santo Antao based at a guesthouse in the  beautiful Paul valley, this kindergarten offers young children in the area the  only opportunity for education for miles around.
* A Medical centre in Cha das Caldeiras on Fogo for the 600-1000 people living there who found it difficult to get to healthcare.
* Natura 2000 Loggerhead Turtle project based on Boavista where paying clients directly fund the ongoing conservation on this endangered species and their nesting grounds.

CURRENCY : The Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE) is the local currency. If you want to avoid spending a lot of money when buying the local currency, it is advisable to carry euros or use ATMs. There is a fixed rate of exchange between the Euro and the CV Escudo which means you don’t have to worry too much about currency exchange fluctuations if you are carrying Euros. Payment methods: A high number of shops, hotels and restaurants accept credit & debit cards. However, as things can change from place to place and island to islands, it’s best to always carry some cash. Most tourist spots accept payments in euros and prices are normally  indicated in euros.

HOTEL TAX: All hotels in Cape Verde are reuired to charge a room tax of €2.50 pppn. Unfortunately this tax cannot be pre-paid or included in holiday cost, as all hotels are required to issue a guest invoice at either check-in or departure in order to collect the tax.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is advisable to take out travel insurance at the time of  booking. Your Travel Insurance should include: Worldwide Travel; COVID isolation or positive test at home or whilst abroad; medical emergencies; cancellations; any activities included in the holiday; other intended activities undertaken privately.

PASSPORTS: Please check the validity of your passport. Passports should be valid for a minimum of 6-months from the date of ARRIVAL in Cape Verde

VISA: If you have a British Citizen passport, you can now enter Cape Verde as a visitor for up to 30 days without a visa (EASE), but  before departure, you will be asked to complete and pay an online Cape Verde Airport Security Tax form (AST) replacing the Cape Verde Visa (approx EU31pp)

BEACHES: On the island of Sal you will find many vast white sandy beaches. There is something for everyone. Santa Maria Beach, where we will be staying, is the most famous beach and cannot be missed, as it is one of the most beautiful beaches on Sal. The beach is even one of the seven natural wonders of the Cape Verde Islands. The  beach is located at the seaside town of Santa Maria.
The wide beach is approximately 3 to 4 kilometres long and consists of white/yellow sand. With the combination of an azure blue ocean – with a warm temperature – makes it an ideal place to relax. At the end of September, the sea reaches a temperature of about 28 degrees Celsius. The Santa Maria beach is a also a favourite spot for the Caretta Caretta Turtle. In the vicinity of the beach there are accommodations, pavilions and water sports facilities.

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