SANTO ANTÃO IN A DAY
Once visiting São Vicente and Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde– it’s a MUST to see also the island of Santo Antão located in front of the Mindelo bay.
This green paradise will amaze you by its beauty and landscape diversity. Santo Antão is the mountain island covered by forests, with banana, papaya, coconut, mango and sugar cane plantations deep valleys and breath-taking views.
Be ready with your camera, because you would shoot some of the best pictures from your holiday on Cape Verde. Santo Antão is a real jewel in the Atlantic Ocean!
- Porto Novo
- Pico da Cruz
- Riberia Grande
- Rum tasting
Transfer and ferry included.
- English-speaking guide
- Return ferry tickets from Mindelo, São Vicente to Porto Novo, Santo Antão
Prices are valid until 1st of May 2018, include.
At 07:30 we will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the harbour, where the ferry leaves at 08:00 to take you in just one hour to the island of Santo Antão, called by the locals “Ilha das Montanhas” meaning Island of the Mountains, and considered the most beautiful island of the archipelago.
Welcome to Porto Novo
Our guide will welcome you at the harbour of Porto Novo and let the adventure begin! One of the highlights is the mountain road called “Estarda de Corda”. It took more than 13 years in the 60’s of the last century to build 34 km road connecting the south and the north coast.
Pico da Cruz
Stopping at Pico da Cruz (1.550 m) to make a short walk into the pine forest, enjoying the incredible scenery over Cova a volcano crater with its colourful agricultural fields, we will be amazed by incredible views over the canyons at Cha de Mato.
Then we will visit the town of Ribeira Grande with its colonial architecture that used to be an economical and cultural capital of the island. From there the road will lead us to Vila das Pombas – the entrance gate of the greenest valley of the archipelago. Driving up to sugar cane fields and fruit-tree plantations/mango / papaya/banana / … we will stop for a 3-course lunch at an ECO-farm. Before heading back to the harbour via new-builds coastal road, we will visit a distillery and taste the famous local rum called “grogue”.
Return to Mindelo
The ferry will get us back to Mindelo at 18:00 and we say “good-bye” after transferring you back to your hotel.