The surface area of Santo Antão is 779 Km2. It is the second largest island of the archipelago and is rather like a trapezoid in shape.
Going for holidays to Cape Verde is a great experience for you and your whole family. The stunning places that you can visit here will truly bring you utmost relaxation and comfort. You and your loved ones will surely enjoy exploring the various beautiful places here. Cape Verde is undoubtedly the best destination for you if you want a great getaway. Make sure to visit Santo Antao during your stay here. Read on the following paragraphs to know more about this place.
The island of Santo Antão was discovered by Diogo Afonso on the 17th of January in 1462. Colonialization began in 1548. In the XIX century, roads were built linking PONTA DO SOL to RIBEIRA GRANDE and PORTO NOVO, and it was from here the island's goods were shipped out. Economically, the island is very rich in agriculture, the main produce being sugar cane, sweet potatoes or yams, manioc, bananas, coconuts, mango, papaya and almonds. Fishing is the main occupation of most of the inhabitants of the ports of TARRAFAL, PORTO NOVO and JANELA. Improvements is communications continue to be made on the island, more roads are being built and the maritime service and links by air travel have also been improved. Another activity on the island is the extraction of pozzolana (a volcanic substance that was first discovered in the ltalian town of Pozzuoli). A project is also being developed for the commercialization of mineral water at VALE DE PAUL
A number of the traditions still exist in SANTO ANTÃO which demonstrate to any visitar the truly picturesque and hospitable way of life of the inhabitants of this island. For example in RIBEIRA da TORRE the old "trapiches" are still in use; these are the traditional maills used to grind sugar cane. The owners make a point of offering the visitors a taste of their "grougue", a strong sugar cone brandy.
Food and Drink
The local food is rich and diverse. Fish, meat and shellfish are the base of excellent dishes, such as:
For dessert there is also a delicious variety: Coconut tart, Banana, Manioc or Papaya Pudding, Banana Cake, Honey Cake, Sweet Potato Jam, a sweet made from green figs, or bananas or oranges, Coffee Cream, deliciously prepared pineapple, etc., etc.
To finish off one of these delicious meals try one of the island's own liquors made from coffee, cinnamon, fig leaf, peppermint, orange or lime. CHÁ DAS PEDRAS has its own special "Bandai".
Entertainment and Sports
No visitor can help being overwhelmed by the beautiful scenery of Santo Antão where the colours, shapes and vegetation as well as the local wildife (which includes vultures, kestrels, wagtails, blackcaps, sparrows and some reptiles) are all so striking.