Santo Antao is the most northerly
and westerly island of the archipelago.
Covering an area of 779 km2, it is the
second largest Cape Verde island
and also the one with the highest
rainfall. The mountain range running
from northeast to southeast culminates
in Topo de Coroa (Top of the
Crown) with an altitude of 1979
The landscape on the western side of
the island is one of desert, contrasting
sharply with the fresh and green
eastern side and which makes Santo
Antao an eminently agricultural island.
Here nature lovers can discover fasci
nating landscapes of towering moun
tains and cliffs that fall headlong into
Rich in sugar cane, this is the island that produces the largest quantity of the typical drink of the
whole archipelago, the famous "grog", still manufactured in the "old-fashioned way". The
inhabitants of Santo Antao dedicate themselves to agriculture, basically because the rainfall on
the island is far more abundant than in the rest of the archipelago.
Santo Antao is considered by many as the most beautiful of Cape Verde islands,
and is certainly the most sought after by visitors who love trekking.