About Santo Antão

Cascatas na ilha de Santo Antão

Cascatas na ilha de Santo Antão

Santo Antão is one of the nine inhabited islands of Cape Vert and is the second largest in the archipelago. It is also the westernmost island and the furthest from the African continent. It was discovered in 1462 by the Portuguese Navigator Diogo Afonso who gave him the name of Santo Antão in honour of the Saint of the day. The island was completely uninhabited and only in 1548 began its colonization. In the northeast of the island there are regular rains thus considered to be the greenest island of the archipelago.

Vale do Paúl

Vale do Paúl Credits: Cabo Verde Safari

Access to ‘Santo Antão’ is done mainly by sea. The connection is made from ‘Mindelo’, in ‘São Vincent’ island, and the docking is done in ‘Porto Novo’ docking yard, also the largest town, its port is the most important mean for transporting it’s products to the other islands. ‘Porto Novo’ conects wiith the main road on the island, leading to settlements north, including the beautiful ‘Estrada da Corda’, a gravel road leading to the Municipalities of ‘Ribeira Grande’, ‘Vila das Pombas’, ‘Ponta do Sol’ and ‘Paúl’.

Vila das Pombas

Vila das Pombas

The main village is ‘Ribeira Grande’ because that is where you will find the main public services, enterprises and active trade. . Northeast, on the coast of the island, one can find ‘Ponta do Sol’ a village located on a cliff at the far northend of the island of Santo Antão. The village has several noticeable buildings such as the Town Hall of the Municipality of ‘Ribeira Grande’ or the parochial church of ‘Nossa Senhora do Livramento'(Mary Lady of Deliverance).

Vila da Ribeira Grande

Vila da Ribeira Grande

‘Paúl’ is the third largest village and is situated by the sea. Is well known for his great ‘Vale do Paúl’, a very green region, where are concentrated the main culture of the island amidst waterfalls and dense vegetation of ‘papaya trees’, mango treea and banana trees. The sugar cane is an inportant product in this island, the plant that makes the ‘grogue’, a typical drink with a strong alcoholic level. Still today on the island of Santiago, this drink ‘Grogue’ is still manufactured by the ‘trapiche’ (small mill pulled by oxen or donkeys that grinds sugar cane) and the alembic under a wood fire. Here it’s also cultivate maize, sugar cane, yams, yuca, beans and coffee.

Vale do Paúl

Plantações no Vale do Paúl Credits: Cabo Verde Safari

Nowadays Santo Antão is one of the main touristic destinations of Cape Verde. Its lush landscapes such as the protected natural parks of ‘Pombas’ and ‘Cova-Ribeira’ or even the Natural reserve of ‘Cruzinha’, has a harsh contrast with other very dry areas, this makes the beauty of this unique island. A real paradise for tourists who like to make long walks, taking part in trekking, mountain biking, cannoning and still has excellent conditions for underwater sports tourism.

Piscina natural em Santo Antão

Piscina natural em Santo Antão Credits: Cabo Verde Safari

The gastronomy of Santo Antão is quite varied. The specialty is the goat stew. It is also very well known by the broth or fish stew with various kinds of vegetables. When it comes to desserts/pastry one of its specialties is the honey cake, also delicious desserts of papaya and coconut, and even the famous fresh goat cheese.

Fontaínhas , a aldeia presépio

Fontaínhas , a aldeia presépio Credits: Cabo Verde Safari

The most important festivities are: The day of Santo Antão, celebrated on January 17th, on the 24th June the island celabrates’São João’ located in ‘Porto Novo’ and, ‘Nossa Senhora de Piedade’ (Mary Lady of Mercy), celebrated on August 15th in ‘Janela’ location. On the beach of ‘Escorralete’ there is another of the many music festivals in Cape Verde. One of the greatest names of the culture of this island was the ‘Antoninho Travadinha’ (António Vicente Lopes), he was an exceletn violin player but also mastered various other instruments .

Tarrafal de Monte Trigo

Tarrafal de Monte Trigo

Place Categories: Islands.

Place Your Review

Send To Friend

Send Enquiry

Claim Listing

What is the claim proccess?