Santo Antao

San Antao

The surface area of the island of San Antao is 779m2, which makes San Antao the second largest island in the Cape Verdian archipelago. San Antao was discovered by the Portuguese in 1462, but was not inhabited until 1548. The impressive mountains and cliffs make San Antao a heaven for exploration and trekking enthusiasts.

The Island is an hours ferry journey from Mindelo you will find the scenic and untouched island of Santo Antao. Then comes the unmissable drive over Santo Antao’s rugged terrain to Ribeira Grande. The road is incomparable to anything that you may have seen before; it is built from volcanic rock and streacthes over 25 km. The road twists and turns towards cliff edges, volcanic craters and lust georges. The road takes you to such great heights that you actually feel a temperature change during the ascent.

Ribeira Grande is a quiet, peaceful town with rustic colonial houses, close by is the quaint town of Ponta do Sol. Pnnta do sol is a beautiful town with stunning buildings, beautiful church, restaurants and thriving nightlife. The scenery of Santo Antao is perhaps the most spectacular of all of the Cape Verde Islands. There is a breathtaking mountain range with altitudes that exceed 1500 meters. Very few flights are available to the island so most of the islands visitors tend to travel by ferry from Mindelo, Sao Vicente. Located close to Janela is a large rock that tends to attract those with an interest in history. There are inscriptions of the rock that date back to the 1400’s and question whether or not the Portuguese were actually the first to discover the Cape Verde islands. Make sure that you don’t leave the Cape Verde islands without tasting Grogue. It is the locals favorite, Rum. But be careful it is VERY sweet and strong.

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