Santo Antão Island - Cape Verde
A Paradise for Nature Lovers


Santo Antão – A Paradise for Nature Lovers!

Magnificent mountains with cloud coated peaks, glowing green and fertile valleys, a wonderful pass across the island, the small town Ponta do Sol influenced by the Portuguese as well as tremendous hikes to landscapes, which are among the most beautiful landscapes of the Cape Verde make Santo Antão a very special adventure.

At 779 km² Santo Antão is the second largest island of the archipelago and the most western one. Its relief is much more dramatic than those of the other islands. A mountain range which exceeds more than 1,500 meters at many points (the highest point at Topo da Coroa is 1,979 meters) divides the country into a northern and a southern part. High mountains and deep valleys characterize the appearance of this island. You can consistently find water filled streams at the eastern part, which is rather seldom in Cape Verde.

Beaches are very rare on Santo Antão. The most beautiful one is a black sand beach found in Tarrafal. Getting there from Porto Novo lasts about three hours and can be exhausting. The south-western part of the island is dry like a desert with little infrastructure. Between Porto Novo and Tarrafal lava-formations, shifting sand dunes, rock-formations, volcano cones and walls made of basalt create a unique moonscape.

Porto Novo: Porto Novo is located in the south of the island and has a harbour where the ferry from Mindelo stops as well (about one hour transit). The main road from Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande on the other side of the dividing mountain range is an attraction of its own. The tour lasts for about one hour. The landscape changes very quickly from dry to refreshing densely wooded areas. Fresh mountain air blows through pines, mimosas, cypresses and eucalyptus trees. Past Tope de Coroa, the highest point of the island, the street slopes and winds steeply. The fantastic views come and go with each turn.

Ribeira Grande is the main town on the island, but with not much to offer for tourists. Despite this, there is a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere which invites tourists to linger. Ponta do Sol hosted the island's small airport but it was closed several years ago. Ponta do Sol is a quiet picturesque town with a small fishing-port and admirable mountain scenery. A walk along the cliffs to a mountain village called Fontainhas reveals again and again tremendous views of the ocean and mountain scenery.

The Valle de Paul is a green and wonderful valley with beautiful hiking tours. One of these walks leads from Cova crater, a circular caldera, down to the town of Paul. Paved mule-ways wind up and down the mountain walls. The sugar cane which is mainly cultivated in this area is very important for the island, especially for producing the domestic national drink - the grogue.

Within the dry central upland lies a village-school near Lagoa hamlet. Close by is the circular Espadana crater from where several beautiful hiking tours begin.

Grogue Distillerie

Santo Antão is well known for the production of the favoured Grogue (sugarcane liquor). Almost all sugarcane plants from the island are used for the fabrication of the liquor. Grogue ist also a basis for diverse Cccktails like Caipirinhas.
The visit of a destillery is a unique adventure!

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