Walking Holidays in Cape Verde - Santo Antao - Dramatic Coastline Trek

Santo Antao Hotel to Hotel Trek

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You have a choice of upgrading your hotel for all but three of the nights. We have given individual details below.

We have personally stayed in or visited all of our accommodations. They have all been selected for their great locations, friendly atmosphere and traditional hospitality, as well as the warm welcome they offer to walkers. Below is a summary of our usual accommodations*.

Night 1: Mindelo

Standard Grade- Mindelo Residencia

Mindelo Residencial is located on Rua São João close to the city centre and on the sea front. The hotel is beautifully adorned with African art and offers 25 rooms distributed in 2 buildings, all comfortable, furnished and equipped to satisfy your requirements. Meals are taken on the third floor and a varied breakfast is supplied.

Rooms are comfortable with air-conditioning and a fridge. Very fast Wi-Fi is available, and all rooms are equipped with a phone, TV, digital safe, minibar with affordable prices and private bathroom.

Higher Grade- Blue Marlin

The Blue Marlin is situated in a quiet area, away from the noise, without traffic, with an exceptional view of the bay with its two marinas, the commercial port and the entire city of Mindelo.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, private bathrooms, TV, a mini bar, kettle with free tea and coffee and wi-fi.

Night 2: Cabo de Ribeira - Casa Maracuja

Casa Maracuja is a relatively new hotel located in the upper Paúl Valley. Run by a German lady who speaks most languages, the hotel features 6 bungalows with 2 rooms and a private terrace. Each room has a private bathroom and surrounds the outdoor swimming pool and garden. Accommodation is simple but there is a good choice of local produce for breakfast and dinner. Occasionally a local band performs at the Casa.

Night 3: Espongeiro – Casa Espongeiro

The only accommodation in the village is a very friendly place to stay. Run by Alain, a Frenchman who is very knowledgeable about Santo Antāo and the local walks. The rooms are basic but have balconies with hammocks. There is no Wi-Fi. Dinner is eaten communally at a large table and is preceded by Alain’s homemade liquors, of which there are many. The food itself is excellent local produce, but with no choice. Alain serves his homemade grogue after the meal. Breakfast is a simple affair.

Night 4: Boca Corjua - Pedracin

In a stunning setting below towering mountain, this large hotel complex in the valley above Coculi has comfortable cabin-based accommodation. Views from the pool terrace are fantastic. Rooms have all the comforts of home, with hairdryers and several satellite channels. Wi-Fi is free but restricted to the reception area. Breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant and you may find some items are unavailable due to the remote location of the hotel. 

Night 5: Cha d’lgreja

Standard Grade- Casa in d’lgreja

Higher Grade- Kasa d’lgreja

This is a beautiful, calming place to stay far away from the stresses of the world. Run by a French lady called Mimi, the Kasa has several basic but comfortable stone-built cabins. Rooms are decorated in a stylish and local way and is a comfortable retreat after a days’ hiking. 

There is a small swimming pool, and a comfortable lounge/dining room where breakfast and dinner are served. Delicious home-made meals are prepared by the charming owner and her French former cook, Katia. Ponch is served before the meal and wine and grogue are available. Breakfast includes yogurt, cheese and jam (the jams are very good on Santo Antāo).

Night 6: Ponta do Sol

Standard Grade – Hotel Miranda

A lovely, modern small hotel just beyond the main square in Ponta do Sol and a 400m walk to the main seafront where most of the bars and restaurants are.

Rooms are large, with a balcony, small writing desk and French windows.

Breakfast is excellent and includes fresh bread, omelette, cheese, ham and jam. 

Higher Grade- Hotel Coração

Featuring 10 spacious rooms with private balcony, Hotel Coração is located in the heart of Ponta do Sol. The warm hospitality of Wim, Hilde and their team will ensure you enjoy your stay. After a long days walking relax in the on-site swimming pool. Breakfast is a buffet. 

Night 7: If staying in Midelo, as above.

Standard Grade- Mindelo Residencia

Higher Grade- Blue Marlin


Night 7: Salamansa. 

A unique experience to stay in a Cape Verdean village amongst the villagers. This fishing village is now supplemening its diminishing income from fishing with a co-operative of homes that will take in tourists to their brightly coloured homes.

Night 7: If staying in Sal:

Standard Grade – Dunas de Sal

This 4* contemporary hotel is located 300m from Santa Maria beach. Set within beautifully maincured gardens, Dunas de Sal features 68 rooms, two outdoor swimming pools, a spa, fitness center and restaurant.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, telephone and satellite TV.

Higher Grade – Hotel Morabeza

4* Hotel Morabeza offers a variety of accommodation in a charming setting overlooking Santa Maria beach. All 88 rooms are with either a terrace or balcony and overlooking the sea or the gardens. The hotel features 3 outdoor swimming pools, large gardens and gym. It also has a pool and beach bar as well as a buffet restaurant and two à la carte restaurants. Enjoy live music as you eat at one of its many restaurants.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, telephone, and TV.

*Alternate Accommodation

We will always endeavour to use the accommodations detailed above. Occasionally, due to limited availability or refurbishments, we may have to accommodate you into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the above description. If those listed are unavailable, the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.

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