Vue du Port de Mindelo, Archipel du Cap-Vert

Mindelo, Sao Vincente, Cape Verde

The Cape Verde archipelago appears to all sailors as a magical place, an ideal stopover on a transatlantic, a real exciting cultural crossroads, between Europe, Africa and South America!


The legend tells us that after the creation of the world, God rubbed his hands over the Atlantic and that, remnants of earth that spun between his fingers, sprang up the Cape Verde islands.

Located off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde is made up of ten volcanic islands, nine of which are inhabited. Divided into two groups: to the north the Barlavento Islands and to the South the Sotavento Islands, each of these islands in this former Portuguese territory has its own identity and different geography.
First European colony in the tropics, it served as a bridgehead for triangular trade. Cape Verde then attracted many privateers and pirates, including Francis Drake around 1580. The naturalist Charles Darwin also visited the archipelago in 1832. The colony continued to grow in the 19th century by becoming a stopover on the shipping routes leading to the Indies Eastern and Australia.

Of Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole languages, the culture of Cape Verde is nourished by European and African influences. The country enjoys pleasant temperatures all year round, thanks to a tropical semi-desert climate.


Carte de l'archipel du cap-vert


It is on the island of Sao Vincente, located in the north-west of the archipelago, that the Rallye des Iles du Soleil will stop over for a few days, and more particularly in Mindelo, cultural capital of Cape Verde and exceptional natural site .

The city is best known in the eyes of the world for having been the birthplace of the barefoot diva, Cesaria Evora, who popularized Cape Verdean music worldwide. You will be charmed by the colorful facades of this village, its cobbled streets and its colonial architecture with Portuguese and British influences but also by its nightlife and the many bars and restaurants that punctuate the city with music. If you are looking for authenticity, you will also be served, with pretty beaches, fishing villages, and splendid hikes. You will not miss a visit to the neighboring island, Santa Antao, a true hiker's paradise.

Located in the bay of Porte Grande, Mindelo offers an excellent mooring place for boats since from the XVIIth century Dutch ships, American whalers and on the Antilles route, the French came to stop there. It will only be after the installation of coal depots by the English that the current city develops and that the port becomes famous by all the aspirants to a transatlantic.

Marina Mindelo, Sao Vincente

The stopover in Cape Verde, a week of sea after leaving La Palma, will allow the boats to refuel with fresh products and potentially repair small technical problems that may have happened during the first days of navigation. The recent Mindelo marina is well equipped and even has its own floating bar to share a few moments of conviviality with the local population and the other crews of the Rallye des Iles du Soleil.

In addition to having all the assets for an excellent stopover, Cape Verde will allow you to catch the Northeast trade winds, generally well established, at the height of the archipelago.