Routes of Ponta do Sol – PR1 SARG

Crossing points :Cidade da Ponta do Sol/ Fontainhas/ Corvo/ Formiguinhas/ Aranhas/ Cruzinha/ Chã de Igreja

Length: 14,6 km

Time : 6 h

Type of route : Linear

Start of the route : Cidade da Ponta do Sol

End of the route : Cruzinha

The route is part of the waterfront Ponta do Sol / Cruzinha, one of Santo Antão’s wonder (and where you can find paleodune) and is doable both directions, on nice paths.

From Ponta do Sol, a small and sinuous mountain road will lead you to the picturesque village of Fontainhas. Sculpted on the top of a mountain and surrounded with deep valleys, it offers a background decor with a view overlooking the ocean, which was already picked as one of the best in the world.

Between Fontainhas and Cruzinha, the path is pedestrian and halfway up, going across Corvo (a small village, in a beautiful green valley where you can mountain climbing), Formiguinha and Aranhas, until you reach a beautiful black sand’s beach – you can swim, but the waves are strong -, that is a place for turtle’s nesting. Here is Cruzinha, a small fisherman’s village, perfect for fresh fish’s dishes.

An alternative of the route can be taken by sea, counting 3 hours.

Natural heritage

  • Flora: Kickxia webbiana (Kickxia webbiana), Paronychia (Paronychia illecebroides), Campylanthus glaber (Campylanthus glaber spathulatus), Sarcostemma (Sarcostemma daltonii), Asparagus (Asparagus squarrosus), Lotus flower (Lotus sp.), Campylanthus glaber (Campylanthus glaber glaber), Mustards(Diplotaxis antoniensis), Frankenia o (Frankenia ericifolia caboverdeana), Helianthemum gorgoneum (Helianthemum gorgoneum), Launaea gorgadensis, Lavender (Lavandula rotundifolia), Limonium braunii, Launaea (Launaea picridioides), Nauplius daltonii(Nauplius daltonii vogelii), Phagnalon melanoleucum (Phagnalon melanoleucum), Polycarpaea gayi(Polycarpaea gayi), Tamarix (Tamarix senegalensis).
  • Fauna: : Cape verde shearwater(Calonectris edwardsii), Osprey (Pandion haliaethus). Reptiles : loggerhead sea turtle(Caretta caretta), green sea turtle(Chelonia mydas), leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriácea), hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivácea). Various species of whales, dolphins and sharks.

Interesting points :

Natural values :

  • Beautiful natural landscapes

Cultural values :

    • Celebration of São Pedro Apóstolo (Chã de Igreja, 29th of June)
    • Celebration of São Paulo (Chã de Igreja, 30th of june)
    • On the fridays of Lent, it is usual to walk 14 times on a part of the path, symbolizing the “Holy Way”.
  • Local products: Aguardiente, horticultural products.