Sao Anton Island

Sao Anton is a 90 minute ferry ride west from Mindelo. If you find yourself in Cabo Verde, a visit to this lovely island should not be missed.

The south of Sao Anton is a dusty and windswept badland. From the port a rough cobbled road climbs 6,000 feet into clean cool air and a wonderland of deep ravines, canyons, volcanic craters and dizzying cliffs. The whole area is reminiscent of the approach to Machu Pichu, or the Himalayan foothills. Every conceivable space – both horizontal and vertical – is terraced and farmed. On the northern side of the island, ugly little cinderblock villages sit on the water’s edge at the base of huge cliffs. Big North Atlantic swells crash onto the volcanic coast and the wind is constant and wearying.

At sunset we watched fishing boats negotiating a tricky entrance into the tiny harbour at Punta do Sol before we collapsed into our beds at the hotel, whose shutters rattled unsettlingly in the wind.

Ian and I will be sorry to see Maxine go. She’s been her usual irrepressible self and, as I have said before, she leaves behind a larger but emptier boat. Without her we depart for Trinidad tomorrow and I hope the crossing takes less than 2 weeks. Looks like there’ll be plenty of wind.

Meanwhile, here are some pics of Sao Anton.

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4 thoughts on “Sao Anton Island

  1. Lieve Moscow
    February 18, 2015 at 17:30

    Great Pics ! Nice to follow your travels – when YB isn’t colliding Tainui into whales & things B-)

    1. February 20, 2015 at 09:13

      Lieve, sorry about the collision reports. We just don’t know how that came about. Hope you’re well, mate.

  2. Phil Frost
    February 1, 2015 at 05:50

    Hey John,
    Vicariously sailing with you and enjoying the blog. Fair winds and seas for your crossing. Looking forward to the post from Trinidad.
    Phil

    1. February 1, 2015 at 22:42

      Many thanks, Phil. We leave for Trinidad tomorrow. Fresh trade winds at the moment – I hope they stay in.

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