Santo Antão is the most westerly island of the Cape Verde archipelago, 800 km from the west coast of Africa. Moisture from the prevailing north-west ocean winds is captured by its high volcanic mountains, at the expense of the parched islands sitting in its wake. Its jungle valleys are decorated by immaculate terraced farms that drape over impossible slopes. Teetering cobbled roads twist upwards through the clouds, as tropical palms give way to tall pine trees. You eventually reach a quiet and what feels like an ancient place. The farmstead of Cova. Stone houses and lush grass sit here inside the shallow crater of an old volcano. You could be forgotten by the world up here. Islands in the clouds, atop islands in the ocean, where pine forests and green mosses have replaced the palms and rocky coasts of below . Santo Antão is a paradise, not lost, just very far away from anything.