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Santo Antão

The island

Santo Antão is an island of contradictions: the northern and eastern parts of the island are lush and tropical, with expansive sugarcane fields, waterways, coconut palms and banana plantations, while the south and west are sparser, yet have a certain charm of their own.

A tour with a taxi along the old cobblestone streets of Porto Novo to the capital city of Ribeira Grande and on to Paúl - Aldeia Manga gives a feel for both sides of this second-largest island in the archipelago. Guests will get an up close and personal experience of more than just the flora and fauna of Santo Antão; they'll also see the working side of the island, especially agriculture, which is existentially critical for the approx. 40,000 inhabitants of the island.

A foot tour allows for an even more intense exploration of the island's beauty. Numerous hiking paths in all levels of difficulty spread out across 779 square kilometres. These paths lead through the desert areas of the south, through green valleys and into the forested mountains of the northern part of the island.

They are the perfect way to mix between a sporty and a culture-focused holiday.

The green north
The sparse south
Waterfall at the end of a hike from Aldeia Manga

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