Where to Stay on Santo Antao Island – an Insider’s Guide

Santo Antao is the westernmost of the 10 island Archipelago and is markedly different to the easterly islands of Sal, Boa Vista and Maio. The awe inspiring landscapes of Santa Antao are like nothing else on Cape Verde. Jurassic like jungles undulate across the island interior which encircled by vertiginous coastal mountainsides. The island’s nascent tourism industry is based as much on interior inland activities as sun, sea and surf. Hill walking and adventure trails are a popular pastime as the interior of the island offers stunning landscapes to explore.

cliff face peak rising from the sea on mountainous coastline

Getting There and Getting Around

The Island can be reached by ferry from Sao Vicente (Mindelo). Arriving at Porto Novo in the south most tourists will have combined the trip with some time in Mindelo, Cape Verde’s cultural capital. The 20km drive from Porto Novo in the south to Ribeira Grande (the main town) in the north is not for the faint hearted as the road literally clings to the mountainside high above a vertical drop. It does however offer stunning views. Another town of note is Ponta do Sol, the northernmost town on the island, just 4km along the coast from Ribeira Grande. Ponta do Sol is home to a number of standalone self catering apartment rentals. A must see is the small villas of Fontainhas, perched precariously atop one of Santo Antao’s many peaks and reached along a thin cobbled road.

tiny village in mountaineous terrain looks precarious

Lombo Branco Village Villa Community

Lombo Branco Village is set into the mountainside several hundred metres above sea level offering complete escape and seclusion and unique views out across the Atlantic. The resort is located a few kilometres from Ribeira Grande where you will find everything you need including shops, restaurants, bars and a chemist. Villas in Lombo Branco range from 2 bed all the way up to 4 bed 5 bath. Some come with ample courtyards and private pools. They are built to a high spec including a European standard fixtures and fittings and satellite tv. Lombo Brano truly is an oasis of tranquility at the end of the Earth.

collection of red roofed villas on mountainside