#3 Santo Antão, Cape Verde

I found out about the island of Santo Antão purely by chance and the more I looked into it the more I felt like I had to see it with my own eyes. Which is how I ended up there for a week or so around NYE back in 2017. After a short stay in Praia, the Cape Verdean capital, an inter-island flight to São Vicente (a neighbouring island) and a rocky ferry ride I finally made it to Santo Antão.

What awaited me were dozens of magnificent trails offering some of the most surreal scenery I’ve ever laid my eyes on. The island often gets called a “hiker’s paradise” and I can surely confirm that it more than lives up to the name. This gorgeous view is from the trail that connects Ponta do Sol and Cruzinha, without a doubt one of the most spectacular hikes on the island and easily my favourite. I guess the picture speaks for itself!