Along the road we saw a lot of circular stone structures, made of rocks.
We tried to figure out for what is was used.
At this place we saw pigs an other small cattle in these very small ones.
Bwana Brown told me, that he found out, that funco is the name of these circular structures. Covered with dried leaves these structures are used as primitive dwellings.
Also in these remote places the aluguer will come and pick up people.
So we saw this aluguer in this far away valley at its dead end, picking up the wedding guests to bring them back to Ribeira Grande.
Everywhere where we walked we met a lot of kids, always anxious to say hello and to talk with us.
At this place in the Ribiera de Torre was a wedding with a lot of cheerfull music, resounding in the valley.
The road in the Ribeira de Torre is narrow, but for a big part accesible by car.
But walking is nicer and easy.
There are some small villages and agriculture on terraces.
So when you walk you can have a good look at it.
Ribeira de Torre is a narrow green valley directly south of Ribeira Grande.
From the mountain road you can walk down from Cha de Mato to the valley, but there is also a narrow road from Ribeira Grande going up, rather flat, easy to walk.
The road is not paved everywhere, but also good accesible for a car.
You can also reach Cha de Pedra by car from Ribeira Grande.
When the road is to narrow for the car, you can walk up by feet.
It's nice to walk and meet people and kids to talk with.
These two girls came to sit down beside us, when we took a little rest in the shade of a tree.
South west of Ribeira Grande is a this picturesque valley Cha de Pedra.
Most of the valleys you can reach from the road Porto Novo - Ribeira Grande high through the mountains.
Ask the aluguer to drop you off and than you walk down. For this valley you have to drop off at Espongeira.
Thereis a good hiking map based on GPS measurements:
Santo Antao, Goldschmidt Wanderkarte
When we visit the village Paul at the north coast, the bell-ringer of the church did just his job standing in the middle of the street outside the church.
It's the road through from Ribeira to Janela.
Passagem in the valley of Paul:
the people of Santo Antao tells you that you have to go there.
There's a leisure garden with a swimmingpool. The villagers from the neigbourhood visit this place in the weekends.
The valley itself is lovely and the road narrow.
At the terraces and down near the river
you see a lot of sugar cane, banana-trees, yams and mango's.
We did charter the small bus of the hotel to make a trip along the coast east of Ribeira Grande and to visit some valleys.
We visit Paul/Vila de Pombas, Janela and Passagem.
We started with a beautiful ride on the coastal road.
On the way to Passagem, a leisure-area with a swimming pool, frequentally visited by Capeverdians in the weekend, we drove through the nice valley of Paul.
In the valley we saw a farmhouse with black & white cows.
Passagem is south of Paul ( Vila de Pombas) at the north-east coast.
The road from Ribeira Grande along the coast to the east ends at the village of Janela.
From Janela it's possible to take a path along the coast for a walk to the lighthouse, Faro Fontes Prreira de Melo, and back.
Janela is a quiet fishing village with narrow streets, sleeping dogs on the road and women pounding maize.
There are small waterfalls and enough water for crops in this valley, Ribeira de Torre.
Some parts of the road are unpaved and wet.
There are a lot of banana-trees along the road.
At the small square in front of the church
under a big tree is the meeting point of the village. The two times we passed this place we always saw people sitting and chatting under the tree.