High in the beautiful green Paul Valley on the island of Santo Antão, lies the attractive Casa Cavoquinho. It’s in an ideal spot, especially if you’re walking down from Cova Crater as the small village of Cha de Manuel dos Santos is the first one you come through, and the Casa is relatively easy to find. The Casa has comfortable en-suite rooms on several floors, all with amazing views of the stunning valley and extra beds can be arranged for families in the larger bedrooms.
The two terraces with free WIFI access, has tables and comfortable chairs where you can relax and take in the surrounding scenery of terraced fields where bananas and sugar cane grow. Breakfast consist of local jams and coffee and of course the delicious home-made goats cheese that is so popular on the island. Dinners too are prepared with seasonal products from local farmers or from its own garden. All the meals can be adapted for any dietary requirements.
The Casa is also a good base if you want to do some walking in the area and the friendly owners are more than happy to point you in the right direction. There is also a trapiche in the valley, where you can see (and taste) how they make grogue – a spirit made of sugar cane and highly popular amongst the locals.
Like nearby Casa das Ilhas, Casa Cavoquinho runs a project to help the local school, which you can visit and can contribute to, by donating pens, children’s books and other teaching materials.
Perfectly situated for walks in the Paul Valley and if you want to climb to the higher surrounding ridges. The Casa is easy to find when you walk down into the valley from the Cova Crater.
The Paul Valley is great for walkers of all levels. Most walkers arrive in the Paul Valley on foot from the crater, on a path which zigzags its way down into the valley.