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Sunset on the hills of Fogo

Fogo is an island of contrasts and well worth a visit. The main town of São Felipe is an attractive, busting town with views over to the neighbouring island of Brava. There are wooded areas on the sides of the mountain slope and a National Park on the side of the caldera near Mosteiros. There are also coffee plantations near Mosteiros and guavas, papayas, grapes, oranges, quinces and mangoes are also grown in the area. Then the most unusual of all is a trip to the caldera (volcano crater). There you find a rugged landscape, which could be compared to a moonscape, together with the small houses, some buried by lava in 2014 and also hotel and restaurants. Wine is also produced within the caldera from the vines grown there. Fogo is also a stepping stone to neighbouring Brava.

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Fogo island – the caldera

The volcano caldera is not to be missed if you visit Fogo island. The landscape is intriguing and you can clearly see the lava flow from the last eruption in 2014. The tallest peak is Pico do Fogo, seen in this photograph. Hiring a car and driving though the caldera to the beginning of the park at the far end is a very worth while experience. Expect rough tracks, not smooth roads. There is a modern hotel offering attractive rooms, nice food and optional massage. A different, very informal restaurant and accommodation built out of blocks of lava is well worth a visit (booking in advance if necessary). The chef cooks on an open fire and creates delicious food.

The Caldera on Fogo

This picture was taken in the caldera on the island of Fogo. The old road was abruptly interrupted by the lava from the eruption in 2014. A new track has been formed to get around the lava flow. The caldera is well worth a visit; it is an enormous area with two main villages, a hotel and small restaurants. The wine produced within the Caldera is of good quality. It is sad to see some of the houses buried by the lava, but it is good that there was no loss of life.

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Photo of the week – Santo Antão valley

Santo Antão is a mountainous island, with dramatic scenery. Part of the island is dry and arid, the other lush and green, this being due to the climatic conditions. A trip to the Caldera (crater) of the volcano is a must. There is cloud swirling over the edge of the Caldera.

Santo Antao Mountains

Photo of the week – mountains of Santo Antão

The scenery on the island of Santo Antão is spectacular. Shear cliffs of rock, volcano craters,  lush greenery and misty clouds swirling around the mountain tops. The island has a lot to offer walkers and hikers, but there is also a lot to be seen from a car.