Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a cosmopolitan town, the shared capital (with Santa Cruz) of the Canary Islands. Situated on the ‘wet’ north side, the city feels more authentic than the touristy places on the ‘dry’ south side. Las Palmas offers beaches, cheap shopping, culture and excitement with a night life, primarily in the district of Vegueta. Its culture is decidedly Spanish, mixed with influences from all over the world, as Las Palmas’ port has been in operation for centuries.
Mindelo is a city on the island of São Vicente in the Cape Verde archipelago. It was founded by the Portugese in the late XVIII century. Visit Centro Cultural do Mindelo and see the Bronzestatue Diogo Alfonso with its interesting history. Visit one of the numerous small cafes for a seafood meal, coffee or a glass of wine. If you're looking for something more active try kitesurfing - the conditions are perfect in Cape Verde!