Santo Antão Island
The second largest island of Cape Verde
Above sea level
17.0000° N 18.25.0667° W
Refuge for nature lovers
The Isle of Santo Antão is a realm of unparalleled beauty.
Nestled in the northwest corner of Cape Verde, the moment one sets foot on this island, they are greeted by a landscape of astonishing and unexpected contrasts.
The grandeur of Santo Antão, with its sweeping rocky terrains, boundless seas, and verdant valleys, promises an experience like no other.
Unveiled to the world in 1462 by Portuguese explorers, Santo Antão is a mosaic of European, African, and South American influences.
Its capital is Porto Novo, while other significant towns include Ribeira Grande and Paul.
Santo Antão has cradled numerous musicians, artists, and writers within its embrace, counting the poet Corsino Fortes among its luminaries.
It boasts a rich cultural heritage, a tapestry woven from African, Portuguese, and Brazilian threads.
Traditional music and dance breathe life into the island's soul, with morna, coladeira, and funaná reigning as its most beloved styles.
Discovering the island through its trails
Santo Antão is home to some of the world's most breathtaking trails, offering a singular experience for hikers of every caliber.
The island's rugged terrain and diverse landscapes create the perfect backdrop for adventurers to chart new paths and explore.
From the picturesque Ribeira Grande to the lush Paul Valley, not to mention the challenging ascent to the peak of Topo da Coroa, standing at 1,979 meters above sea level, a multitude of trails await.
Each one offers a chance to immerse oneself in the island's natural beauty and firsthand experience of its local culture and traditions. Here are three options.
Trilho Cova - Paul - Ribeira das Patas
This trail is a favorite among hikers for its awe-inspiring landscapes and challenging terrain.
Beginning in the village of Cova, it winds through the Paul Valley, one of the island's most fertile regions.
The trail then ascends to the ridge that divides Paul from the Ribeira das Patas Valley, offering panoramic views of both valleys.
Circuito Cruzinha - Ponta do Sol
This trekking circuit guides walkers from the quaint village of Cruzinha to the coastal town of Ponta do Sol.
The trail meanders through verdant valleys, showcasing views of the island's towering peaks and the vast sea beyond.
Along the journey, one can visit the traditional villages of Fontainhas and Xoxo
Trilho Ribeira da Torre - Corda
Regarded as one of the most challenging hikes of Santo Antão, the rewards are truly worth the endeavor.
The trail takes walkers across the Serra da Corda, affording spectacular views of the island's craggy peaks and deep valleys.
The path also meanders through the picturesque village of Lagoa, culminating in the lush Ribeira da Torre Valley.
Explore the local markets
The markets of Santo Antão are a feast for the senses, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, crafts and other local products.
The Municipal Market of Ribeira Grande is the largest market on the island and a great place to soak up the lively atmosphere while wandering through colorful stalls.
There's everything from traditional fabric and ceramic baskets to exotic fruits and vegetables.
The markets are also a good choice for trying local delicacies - like cassava cake - and mingling with locals.
Discover the history and traditions
The Romarias Museum is located in the village of Ponta do Sol, dedicated to the religious festivals of the island, known as romarias which are an important part of the cultural heritage of the island.
The museum's exhibitions include traditional clothing, musical instruments and other objects used in these celebrations, as well as photographs and videos showing their traditions.
The museum also organizes workshops and events related to romarias, providing an immersive and interactive experience.
Taste the rum and the good food
The island is known for the famous Cape Verdean grogue, a sugarcane brandy produced on the island for centuries.
It's usually served in small colorful cups and enjoyed by both locals and tourists.
You can visit a grogue distillery to see how it's made and taste different varieties of the liquor.
Some of the most popular grogue distilleries on the island are located in Ribeira da Cruz and Corda.
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