Cova - Krater
Cova - Krater
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Chris_KO
Koblenz, Germany3,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A huge volcanic crater 1200 m above sea level. The entire crater is used for agriculture, some of the farmers seem to live in the crater. The landscape is spectacular. The crater is the starting point for numerous hikes in the region.
Written 23 March 2024
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Fess S
Tucson, AZ370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
If you want to go by public transport- there is a daily aluguer (except Sunday) that leaves from in front of the Farmacia Sao Lucas between 11:00 to 11:30 in Ribeira Grande headed to Corda for 150CVE but continues to Espongeiro for 200CVE. I slept at Casa Espongeiro Guesthouse 9811526 for 2220CVE with shared bathroom and breakfast. Food is a bit expensive. The owner can help you with hikes in the area. The next morning it is under 1 hour to Cova Crater where you do the 4-5 hour hike down to the Paul Valley.
Written 22 December 2021
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AJD_8
Wilmslow, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
a sunken caldera at the top of the mountain range. If you take the highland route from porto nova to Ribeira Grande you will pass it. Worth a sop. If you are a hiker staying in the Paul valley then consider stopping here and walking down into your accomodation in the Paul valley.
Written 14 February 2020
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Joris d
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Amazing sights, recommended to start at Cova and walk down to Pombas. Bring water and go bananas!!!!
Written 4 November 2019
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Scott A
Barcelona, Spain39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
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 8km. The views of the crater are beautiful. It's a pastoral scene of farms and cows in an incongruous setting -- the crater of a long-dormant volcano. The hike down is steep in places, but it offers breathtaking views of the green valley below. The views can sometimes be blocked by fog, but even the rolling fog creates a beautiful scene of its own.
Written 23 February 2019
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,611 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
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 into the fertile crater base, walk clockwise on a clearly marked track, turn left shortly after reaching a small housing settlement where the path starts to climb. From here it is quite a steep assent towards the top rim of the crater, a gap in the mountain marks the start of a long descent at the head of the Ribeira taking around 2 hours to reach the first settlement at Manual dos Santos. From here you walk by road along the Ribeira passing several unspoilt villages until you eventually reach Pombas.

The track from our starting point to the first settlement was generally in good condition, mainly rough cobblestones with only occasional loose stone. The views on the descent are truly spectacular along the ribeira all the way to the sea. Once on the floor of the ribeira, the road itself has a cobblestone surface all the way to Pombas. There are a couple of alternative detours once on the road according to our guide book but we elected to stay on the main road because this is slightly elevated and provides good views all along the valley.

We are occasional hikers and with a reasonable degree of fitness the walk is certainly achievable. It is important to have good walking shoes and ideally walking poles which are a great help on the predominantly downward walk which is steep at times. At the rim of the crater we were in mist in the morning and the climate was distinctly cool so a windproof top is also recommended.

We enjoyed the walk which provides terrific views and contrasting vistas along the way plus a good insight into rural life; it is high on the list of great hikes we have undertaken around the world.
Written 28 January 2019
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LOVE2EAT56
London, UK201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
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 down goat track, steps and uneven paths is tough on your glutes, quads and a body in general. All was fine, but the restaurant O Curral was shut for lunch (not surprisingly, being Christmas, but we should have bothered to check). Luckily, Chez Hujo saved the day and made delicious tuna sandwich and an omelette for our lunch. The scenary is completely amazing and I wished I'd spent longer admiring it rather than looking where my feet went.
A completely unforgettable experience that I can't recommend enough.
Written 9 January 2019
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Peter T
Nijmegen, The Netherlands314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
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 the other side of the crater, in the direction of the clock, starting at about “18 hours “. At about “22 hours” you passed a group of pine trees and 3 houses. Be aware, it is at this point that you should keep left (!) so you continue clockwise and taking the high road on the crater side, to take the high pass at “24 hours” instead of the bigger right going road that takes you downwards to leave the crater on a normal road. Easy to miss this “left” as by intuition one would take the bigger road on the right side.

Having taken this left road it curves a bit strangely but it cannot go wrong (as there is only the mountainside you cannot cross) and it takes you to the right pass where you have an amazing view on The Valley to Pombas. And where you start a quite adventurous decent.
Written 30 December 2018
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Bert V
Houthulst, Belgium3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
An amazing walk from this crater towards Paul. Straightforward, descending about 1300m to the sea, through one of the greenest valleys Santo Antao has to offer
Written 26 December 2018
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Ben R
Hoorn, The Netherlands30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
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 already a pleasure for your eyes.
Written 24 December 2018
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