Praia, which is the national capital, is located 170 miles (274 kilometers) southeast of Mindelo.
Make the time to visit the Laginha Beach when you are in Mindelo.
Don't limit yourself to Mindelo, because the wider region has numerous cultural and scenic attractions which await the savvy traveler. While in the region, visit the Laginha Beach and Sao Pedro Beach in Sao Vicente, approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the northwest of Mindelo.
People who visit Cape Verde are often delighted to discover the open-air markets dotted throughout the region.
If you are after something a little different from seeing the sights, why not take advantage of the local watersports? Swimming and kite surfing are both well-established here.
Local cuisines are a great way to learn the area in which you are traveling. So make sure you make the time to visit some of the region's cafés and restaurants. Cabbage as well as tuna are regularly used as components in dishes here. Try out local specialties, like catchupa (slow boiled stew) and carne gizado (stewed meat and vegetables). Cape Verde desserts such as papauya candy (sweet) are also great to try. Feeling brave? Ready to try a local drink such as Ponche (cocktail with brogue, lime and molasses)?.
You'll hate to say "Adeus" (farewell) to this appealing spot.