Thanks to a lousy TAP connection we had to spend one day in Lisbon. Coming from a snowy and icy NL it was very pleasant to walk around in the beautiful city of Lisbon.
the elevator, which has been designed by same guy who designed the Tour Eiffel
CAPE VERDE - SANTO ANTAO
However, the goal was to go hiking in Santo Antao in the Cape Verdian Islands. To get there you have to be patient. we were on the waiting list for the flight of 5.55 in the morning but luckily we could go on board and after some initial refusal all went fine. The flight brought us from Praia (Santiago) to Mindelo (Sao Vicente), from where we took the ferry to Santo Antao. After discovering that there is only visa in the Cape Verdian islands we changed some money and finally we could start hiking. We ended up hiking around the whole island in 6 days which was really very beautiful, varied with all the different landscapes and the variation of coastal walks and mountain walks made it a great trip. We stayed in hotels or aske din villages where we could sleep. All very easy going and they even cooked a meal for us.
It is really very easy going, people come to you to see where you are from and to show you where you have to go and further mind their own business, they are simply relaxed and warm people. Below a few impressions from our hikes
Day 1 - from Praia to Mindelo (plane), to Porto Novo - Santo Antao (ferry) and hiking from Cova da Paúl to Ribeira Grande. Overnight in Ponta do Sol
Hike 3h, from 1500m to 250m, ascend 174m, descend 1293m
Yeah: we are almost there!!
our first view by daylight from Cape Verde: fuming sources
View of Santo Antao from Sao Vicente ferry
Arriving in Santo Antao
view at Sao Vicente
The cova de Paúl, crater with now agriculture activities
Cova de Paúl
Joris with kids
Kids enjoying themselves
view from Cova de Paúl to Ribeira de Torre
Enjoying our hike down to Ribeira de Torre
Ribeira do Torre
beautifully located villages
The interesting rock formation on the way down to Ribeira Grande
Enjoying a well deserved beer in Ponta do sol
sunset in ponta do sol
puppies are indeed cute...
Day 2 - From Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha da Garca
Hike 4h along sea, ascend 674m, descent 728m
most animals walk free in Cape Verde but not these poor pigs
the beautiful coastal walk from Ponta do Sol to Cruzinha da Garca
the natural rocks
another cute village
One of the many little shops, which get their supplies often walked in
the beautiful coastal walk towards cruzinha da Garca
sunset in cruzinha da garca
sunset in Cruzinha da Garca
Day 3 - From Cruzinha da Garca to Garca da Cima to Alto Mira
Hike 7h30, from 15m to 1632m, ascend 1500m, descend 1143m
Cruzinha da Garca
Cruzinha da Garca
Cruzinha da Garca where we spent the night
Great canyon from Cha de Igreja to Garce de Cima
hiking from Garca de Cima to Alto Mira II
hiking from Garce de Cima to Alto Mira II
many many km before the next island/land....
View before descending to Alto Mira
Beautiful sunset colouring the wall we descended completely red
Best hotel room ever: we stayed at the merceraria and got offered this room which was full of stimulating posters + poster of Maria & Bob Marley...
Day 4 - From Alto Mira II to Curral das Vacas to Casa Luciano
Hike 3h45, from 600m to 1495m, ascend 822m, descend 433m
Discussing our route with the patron of the mercaria
Alto Mira II
view from Curral das Vacas
two little boys proudly with their own made car with two wheel drive!!!
the vulcanic view just does not bore...
Beautiful view while walking up to Bordeira
At Bordeira there was suddenly this huge area full of 'kalk'. One man had made a home in it!
Interesting patterns in the rocks
Hiking from Curral das Vacas (next to Cha de morte: interesting name for a village, it seemed rather quiet too...) to Casa Luciano, accompagnied by a tall, nice Elisa
Home of Fidel Castro in Casa Luciano. I never thought that I would once in my life shake hands with a Fidel Castro...
Day 5 - From Casa Luciano to Monte Trigo
Hike 5h15, from 1495m to 0m, ascend 572m, descend 1560m
hike from Casa Luciano to Monte Trigo
A very strange worm/slak. Eyes on top?? and it moved funny too
It is said that in December you have strong winds, well, not when we were there, but this divi divi tree proofs the strong winds
Monte Trigo, which can only be reached by foot or boat
The nice view before our last descent to Monte Trigo
Enjoying our view
The christmas party of the primary school of Monte Trigo. Lateron this school would become our hotel room...
Day 6 - From Monte Trigo to Tarrafal
Hike 3h15 along coast, from 0 to 179m, ascend 496m, descend 499m
Coastal walk to Tarrafal
View at the Tope de coroa
The beautiful coastal hike from Monte Trigo to Tarrafal
Cleaning fish in Tarrafal
Ladies collecting stones. I guess they collect them for a different reason than I do
Romantic sunset in Tarrafal where we stayed at the marvelous Mar Tranquilhado
Day 7 - From Tarrafal to Porto Novo (4WD), from cova da Paúl to Lombo Comprido
Hike 2h25, from 1272m to ca 100m, ascend 155m, descend 1164m
Tope de Coroa
Tope de Coroa
Not sure we were on the moon with this view of Tope de Coroa and all its colours
Great view with Sao Vicente in the distance
The Ribeira Paúl
Shopping for wood, these ladies were carrying an impressive load on their head, meanwhile chatting and laughing...
Nature is one thing, disco another, but not in Cape Verde
Day 8 - From Lombo Comprido to Vila das Pombas to Pontinha das Janela, Porto Novo, ferry to Mindelo and flight to Praia
Vila das Pombas
The romantic location of the Paúl villages
The rock formations against which the houses are built: stunning!
This crossing is going from nowhere (the wall of the mountain) to nowhere (the sea). Interesting...
One last look at the beautiful vulcanic Santa Antao
Enjoying the view
The harbour of Sao Vicente
Day 9 - From Praia to Cidade Velha
Market of Praia, with unions from the Netherlands!
The Cathedral (!) of 16th century which served then 2000 people.
Contrast: look at the crumbling house, the modern light on solar power and the child playing
The fortress of the 16th century, used by a number of Europeans (Portuguese, French, British)
mountains of Cidade Velha
the little churches of Cidade Velha, once the 'first European city in the tropics', against the mountain backdrop