Santo Antão is the second biggest of the Cape Verde islands.
Santo Antao is a surprising island. When you land at the ferry port it appears to be dusty and sandy like many of the other islands but in half an hour you can be driving up steep, windy roads and suddenly find yourself in pine forest and skimming the edge of a volcano! Much of the island is unexplored, but the best part to head for is the north east corner where there is great hiking. In Ponto do Sol you can scuba dive, hike or rock climb in a very picturesque setting. Accommodation is inexpensive and would suit all budgets. Santo Antao is the most northern and the most western island of the archipelago, with the area of 779 km², maximum length of 43 km and maximum width of 24 km. The highest point is Topo de Coroa, 1,979 m high.
You cannot get to Santo Antão by plane. There used to be an airport near Ponto do Sol, but now it's abandoned.
There are 2 ferries per day between Porto Novo, Santo Antão and Mindelo, São Vicente, and these are run by two separate ferry companies. Both ferries accept foot passengers and cars. There are rumors of rough journeys across the channel in between the two islands, where vomiting passengers line the sides of the deck. However, with careful choice of a calm day, the journey is pleasant and offers some interesting views of both islands and the Ilhéu dos Pássaros (Bird Island) just off Mindelo. Also, passengers may be able to spot flying fish and dolphins out in the channel.
CVFastferry (Boat: Liberdadi, a catamaran) operate 2 journeys a day on Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat and Sun leaving Porto Novo at 8.00 and 15.30 and Mindelo at 9.30 and 17.00. On Tuesday and Friday there is 1 journey only, leaving Porto Novo at 8.00 and Mindelo at 17.00. Tickets can be booked online, as well as in Mindelo in the blue historical building on Praça Dom Luis and in Porto Novo at the Gare Maritima.
It might be reasonable to rent a car in Porto Novo for 50 euro