About Santo Antão
Santo Antão Cape Verde (Portuguese for “Saint Anthony”) is the westernmost of the islands of Cape Verde. It has precipitous peaks, jaw-dropping ravines and tiny villages clinging to its mountainsides. The tallest mountain is Topo de Coroa, reaching a height of 1,979 m. The northeast trade winds funnel up into the mountains creating a micro-climate rich with vegetation. The landscape changes from being bare and arid to mountainous with breathtaking views of fertile valleys with villages appearing deep below. The island offers great hiking and walking opportunities.
One easy and highly rewarding location to visit is the Vale do Paúl, a spectacularly lush valley that opens into the sea at the village of Vila das Pombas. Full of banana, mango and papaya trees, flame trees, poinsettias and vegetable plots. At the head of the Paúl valley the winds are funnelled up and through the vertically towering rock peaks into the volcano, creating an almost permanent display of swirling mists and cloud. Santo Antão Cape Verde is quite beautiful.