The genuine grass roots trip for experienced riders !
A fabulous trip on the island of Santo Antao, this archipelago of more than 12 islands located off the coast of Senegal, with its summit at 2800m, is not on the tourist trail and keeps an unspoilt character on the majority of its islands. Santo Antao is certainly the most interesting island which can only be reached by boat. It’s unique and breathtaking trails will introduce you to its friendly inhabitants, villages and places unknown to tourists, and will take you from its mountains higher than 1500m down to the ocean along its fabulous network of trails. Due to the difficulty and remoteness of some of the trails, this voyage is only for people in good physical condition with good technical knowledge and already having Enduro mountain biking experience.


Day 1 : Meet the riders at Mindelo airport, island of Sao Vicente. 15 minute transfer to our hotel in Mindelo. Evening meal together and walk around Mindelo.


Day 2 : Leave for the port to catch the morning ferry which will take us in one hour to the island of Santo Antao. Arrival at Porto Novo, load the luggage on the bus and one hour transfer to our hotel on the north coast of the island. Unpack and reassemble the bikes, a light meal and departure in our shuttle bus to the heights of the island, a descent from 1200m to 500m for this first run of the week. Evening meal in one of the village restaurants which serves island specialities . Difference in altitude +100m-700m


Day 3 : 50 mins transfer to the Lagoa plateau at 1400m then across part of the plateau with crop fields and gravel singletracks encountering local inhabitants on our way before we descend into the Joao Alfonso valley on a superb mountainside singletrack typical of the island. Then we reach the first villages and their sugarcane plantations, which produce, among other things, the local rum, Grog. Meal in Coculi village. +300m-1200m

Day 4 : Transfer to the village of Pico Da Cruz at 1500m. From there, we’ll take trails and singletracks along a ridge with great views of the nearby island of Sao Vicente. Then we descend the north slope on a spectacular single track, one of the longest of the week including 2 twenty-five minute freerides, we pass through small villages perched on inaccessible ridges where the locals use mules to transport wood or materials. We finish this trail at the seafront in Vila das Pombas where we’ll have our evening meal. Short transfer by bus to our hotel. +300m-1500m


Day 5 :  Today transfer to a trail starting at 1400m and finishing in the Ribeira de Torre valley followed by a meal in Ribeira Grande and exploration of the town or free afternoon(swimming, shopping, visit to a local Grog factory). +100m-1000m


Day 6 : Transfer to Pico da Cruz then singletracks and trails along a ridge with stunning views of the south coast before we head down the north slope and the Janela valley on a fun singletrack. Finish at the sea followed by a meal in Ponthina de Janela. Short transfer by bus. +200m-1300m

Day 7 : Transfer to the Lagoa plateau that we cross over using trails and singletracks passing local inhabitants and their mud houses on our way, a magical place, followed by a small stop in the village of Lagoinha before taking the singletrack which leads us to the Ribeirao valley down a superb trail from 1200m to 100m. Lunch at Coculi or Ribeira Grande. +200m-1200m. Load up the bikes, typical meal and a last glass of Grog.


Day 8 : This morning, transfer by bus to the south and the port of Porto Novo where we catch the ferry back to Mindelo. Lunch in Mindelo and visit of the town, afternoon for shopping. Transfer to airport and plane at the end of the afternoon.


Season :november, décember, February, arrive Saturday return Saturday

Next départure:2-9 décember 2017 or on request, minimum 4 riders

P.S: The number of kilometers and the altitude profiles can vary slightly as the rides are adaptable (where possible) on site and depending on levels and requests.



 -4 peoples 1295euros or 1395frs /5 peoples 1195 euros or 1255frs /6 peoples or more 1095 euros or 1155frs


- 5 days mountain biking on the most beautiful singletracks on the island of Santo Antao
- 6 nights in hotel Pension and one night in local house
- Local French or Swiss cycling Guide
- All vehicle transfers included
- All meals
- Boat transfer from Mindelo to Porto Novo and return included

-T-shirt besttrails

-Turist taxes



Not included :
- Flights to Sao Vicente island (TAP Portugal flights Lisbon-Sao Vicente)

- Airport taxes

- Water, apéritifs etc...

- Personal liability insuranc

- Tips

-Meals day 8



Technical level : intermediaire to expert
Physical level : intermediaire to expert


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