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Island of Santo Antão

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  • Santo Antão is one of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago. Imposing mountains and green valleys compose the very steep terrain of this island. The three highest peaks culminating at over 5900 feet emphasise the mountain range, which separates the island into two parts. The green north with its rich plantations, crops and many tropical trees (banana, coffee, guava, mango, sugar cane, bougainvillea ...
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Santo Antão is one of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago. Imposing mountains and green valleys compose the very steep terrain of this island. The three highest peaks culminating at over 5900 feet emphasise the mountain range, which separates the island into two parts. The green north with its rich plantations, crops and many tropical trees (banana, coffee, guava, mango, sugar cane, bougainvillea ...). The south is very arid and dry. Finally, the center has a cooler climate. The vegetation is composed of fir, pine, mimosa, cedar and eucalyptus. Made of contrasts, this island hides many surprises and wonders. It is also a paradise for hikers. A must to discover !

Island of Santo Antão: what to do?

The main interest in the island lies in its landscape, its flora, its mountains and its precipitous coast. Most people come esentially to Santo Antão to walk. The small villages nestled in the mountains or on the coast are also worth a visit, such as the village of Ribeira das Fontainhas and Cruzinha da Garça. Ribeira do Paul is one of the most verdant valleys, lush in greenery and ideal for hiking. Paying some extra efforts, you will discover a breathtaking landscape, and many villages perched here and there.

Santo Antão is one of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago. Imposing mountains and green valleys compose the very steep terrain of this island. The three highest peaks culminating at over 5905 feet emphasise the mountain range, which separates the island into two parts.

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Island of Santo Antão: the key figures

Surface area : 1557.0 km2

Population : 516733 inhabitants

  • The nature is covered in greenery
  • One of the most precipitous islands, offering breathtaking landscape
  • Few accommodation facilities
  • The roads are few and in poor condition

Reminders

As for swimming, beware of the strong sea curremt currents, which are the cause of many drowning incidents.

To avoid

Avoid drinking tap water and having ice in your drinks.

Island of Santo Antão: what to eat?

The national dish, caechupa, is like a cassoulet, with a base of corn, bacon, and chorizos sausage. Fish, chicken, pork, rice and some vegetables are the basic constituents of local cuisine. You can also find excellent grilled lobster. Typical of the archipelago, Grogue is white or brown rum served like a punch.

Island of Santo Antão: what to buy?

The crafts industry is quite poor and is mainly limited to crochet objects (tablecloths, table mats, bedspreads, etc.) and naive paintings, some batik, straw hats and objects made from sea shells. Also bring back the grogue and Fogo wine.

Island of Santo Antão Reviewedhotels
  • 7.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Pedracin Village
    Santo Antao - Cape Verde
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    An entirely new facility, this boarding house, quite welcoming ...

  • 6.45 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Por de sol Arte
    Santo Antao - Cape Verde
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    A small boarding house run by a Frenchman, Blaise, which has ...

  • 6.1 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Chez Luizette
    Santo Antao - Cape Verde
    Hotel Hotel 2 Etoile(s)

    ? small family-run facility, not charming, but well groomed and ...

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