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We were dropped off by a taxi at the top of the crater and then walked down to our hotel, the Aldeia Manga, located in the Paul Valley. This is not the full hike to Pombas or Paul, but it was long enough at around...More
The hike which is around 10/11km took around 4.5 hours. We took a taxi to the top of the southern side of the crater paying CVE 3,000 from Ponto do Sol for the 45 minute drive. From the drop off point a track leads down...More
The Cova Crater (population 12) is where you kick-off the walk down to the coast at Pombas (Paul).
Our guidebook rated the walk as 'easy', but I would say it was medium. The drop of 1,200 m while walking 34 km means hours of walking...More
The Cova to Pombas walk is indeed the number one thing to do on the island of Santo Antao. Although the next best walk (Cruzinha to Ponta do Sol) can compete!
The walk starts on top of the Cova crater. There you start walking to...More
Arriving at the Cove Crater we had a very nice view over the whole crater. The inside is in used for agriculure and de farmers made a fantastic patchwork of it.
A must see when you visit Santo Antao. And the road to it is...More
Got driven up to Cova do Paul to start our hike down. A vast expanse at the top of the hill. Did not spend much time here as our objective was to locate the path and head down the Ribiera do Paul. The Cova was...More
Great view and great trekking. Don't forget to take water and a coat because the weather can change up there.. take something to eat because there's nothing there 😊 get ready to feel the pain in the legs the Next day
the views are SPECTACULAR and often breathtaking. Many seem to hike over this pass and certainly can see that it would be a wonderful challenge. You see mountains, terraced vegetable gardens, apple trees (yes), pine trees and you name it. Sometimes fog obscures the views....More
This was probably the best hike in my life (and I go hikking a lot). We started in Paul, right at the see level. We walked to Cova Volcano and went back to Paul. The whole hike was 28 km and it took us 8,...More