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Pictures from Santo Antão Island in Cape Verde.  
Trek to the north coast: Ponta do Sol - Fontainhas - Corvo - Formiguinhas - Cruzinha da Garça.

Trail from Ponta do Sol, Santo Antao
Trek to Cruzinha da Garça in Santo Antão Island, Cape Verde. Trail hooked to the cliff between Fontainhas and Corvo.

A nice trek to Santo Antão Island, Cape Verde, runs to the north coast of the island between Ponta do Sol and Cruzinha da Garça through Fontainhas, Corvo and Formiguinhas. If hikers depart from Ponta do Sol, they go first to the pretty mountain village of Fontainhas by a narrow road. Then, after climbing to the top of the cliff, they go to Cruzinha da Garça by a coastal trail that is clung to the mountainside and sometimes lined with small stone walls,

The path passes through Corvo and then Formiguinhas. It goes up and down. Each turn reveals new, often magnificent, landscapes.

Trail between Ponta do Sol and Cruzinha da Garça
Coastal trail between Ponta do Sol and Cruzinha da Garça in the north of Santo Antão Island in Cape Verde.

Coastal trail to Cruzinha da Garça in Santo Antão
Coastal trail to Cruzinha da Garça in the north of Santo Antão Island in Cape Verde.

Most of the trail overlooks the sea. In the last kilometer, the trail branches off the seaside and widens. Then, hikers reach the small fishing village of Cruzinha da Garça. The trek lasts about 5 hours (a bit more than 16 km). At Cruzinha da Garça, hikers have often the opportunity to take a shared taxi and go back to their base. They 
can also go on through Garça Valley (Ribeira da Garça) and reach the village of Cha de Igreja, a little more than a kilometer to the south.

Cha de Igreja offers more facilities than Cruzinha da Garça. Hikers can stay at Cha de Igreja and start the following day another hike, namely the trek from Cha de Igreja to Boca de Ambas as Ribeiras (10 km) through Mocho Valley and the summit of Garça.

The impressive costal trek between Ponta do Sol and Cruzinha da Garça can of course also be done in the opposite direction (from Cruzinha da Garça to Ponta do Sol, a village that offers more transport and accommodation facilities) or, by the faster hikers, on roundtrip.

Another beautiful coastal trail in Santo Antão Island runs between the small fishing harbor of Tarrafal and the village of Monte Trigo on the western coast of Cape Verde (11 km / 4 h 30). This trail on the mountainside constantly overlooks the sea. Visitors can leave Monte Trigo only by this path or by boat since the village is not accessible by road. Be aware that the accommodation facilities in the western part of the island are not numerous.

 

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Pictures from Santo Antão Island in Cape Verde: Trek to the north coast: Ponta do Sol - Fontainhas - Corvo - Formiguinhas - Cruzinha da Garça.