Porto Novo, the second largest city on Santo Antão, is located in the dry southeast of the island. A dusty wind blows constantly here. You can explore the main street with its former mansions, a little church, markets that have local fish, grogue and fresh goat cheese for sale, shops and-of course-the harbour. At the back of the town is the 2,000m-high Topo de Coroa, which is a fairly easy climb and has magnificent 360-degree views. View more
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Departing from the pier by coach, enjoy the scenic drive up to the mountains for a panoramic view of Porto Novo before heading to the Cova Volcano Crater, offering time for photos and exploring the surroundings. Continuing with a stop at Corda Village that is surrounded by a forest of pine trees, for a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Reaching the old Ribeira Grande (Portuguese for Great Stream), we will arrive at Povoação Village. The village is located in one of the least populated parts of the island.
O Cocoli Village
Continuing on to O Cocoli village where mountains dominate the area around, we will experience O Cocoli's local Educational Centre and its traditional Portuguese old Church.
Ponta de Sol Fishing Village
Our next stop will be Ponta de Sol Fishing Village. Here we can enjoy the sun within a beautiful garden and walk around the village to be in touch with the local people's way of life. Before seating down to lunch at a quaint restaurant for a traditional meal of fresh fish and Catchupa, a slow cooked stew of corn, beans, vegetables, and spices
After lunch continue with a panoramic tour of Mao pa Tras and Sinagoga villages up to Paul District, which is one of the oldest administrative divisions of Cape Verde. Here we will have a brief photo stop and some free time to shop for souvenirs. Afterwards pass through the Paul Green Valley for a light refreshment at the Hotel Santo Antao Art Resort before returning to the pier.
Please Note: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users as the tour involves walking over uneven terrain. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Local conditions may be challenging, therefore we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit these unique, and somewhat remote destinations. The order of sites visited could change depending on local conditions. Vehicles used are the best available in this remote region.