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Paul Tal

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Address: Strasse ins Paul Tal | Vila das Pombas, Santo Antao, Cape Verde

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From 1200m till sea level

The trek isn't difficult if you start from the top, but your legs will feel it the day after, depending on how fit you are. The views are amazing and you go through several... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trek isn't difficult if you start from the top, but your legs will feel it the day after, depending on how fit you are. The views are amazing and you go through several villages which have several plantations, both at the top in the Paul crater and while going down to Paul/Vila das Pombas. We stopped for lunch along... More 

Thank iakaox
Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

We were dropped off by the minibus at the top and walked all the way down to the coast. It is a long and steep walk down, but relatively safe, and very rewarding with the views as you go down. The valley is very fertile and intensively cultivated by the locals, and you have to admire their efforts in making... More 

Thank Andrew C
Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

The Valley of Paul (Vale do Paul in Portuguese) is the most amazing sight on the island. Most of Santo Antao is dry, virtually a desert, but there are some valleys which are green year round. Among them, Vale do Paul is the most densely populated and the most fertile. During a walk one can see sugar cane plantations interspersed... More 

Thank Jiri P
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Very different from the rest of Cape Verde, this valley offers great hiking opportunities, pretty steep but well worth the climb. Locals are very welcoming and will help you find the way (which really adds to the experience).

Thank Dennis P
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015

The scenery is simply breathtaking and was a highlight of our tour of the islands. I can see why our guide left Santo Antao and, in particular, the Paul Tal to the end of our fortnight's holiday. We drove around the valley enjoying the magnificent views on our first day. The next day we got a driver to take us... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2015

I came here briefly as part of a round-the-island day trip and wished I could have stayed longer to wander and take proper photos. What a gorgeous valley. Ramblers were walking at their leisure through the tiny little villages. One of the sights I liked most was the occasional washing lines with multi-coloured clothes, it's a sight that sums up... More 

1 Thank Peter S
Bingen am Rhein, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

We walked down the valley from the Cova crater over a high ridge. The descent is over a paved path which is meandering downhill. Depending on how many clouds or fog are obstructing the view, you are getting a magnificent impression of this beautiful valley. We walked down to Casa Cavoquino, but the whole hiking tourwill lead to Vilas das... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

The valley was one of the best I hiked on Antao. It was real paradise during the winter, when there were tousands of white flowering sugar canes around...

1 Thank izi f
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Beautiful valley with several nice hikes through the sugar canes & tropical fruits plantations. It's best to be fit though!

1 Thank Chris77CH
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Vale do Paul is reached through Vila das Pombas, which is a small town on the east coast on Santo Antao. It is probably one of the most lush and green experience you will get in Cape Verde and is surrounded by spectacular mountains and hillsides! When visiting you will get a really good (and if you ask me, interesting)... More 

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