Sao Vicente Island
The temperature in Sao Vincente is constant
throughout the year ranging from twenty-five to thirty degrees.
Island Cape Verde
Sal is a great place to visit if you like a relaxing beach holiday,
watersports such as Diving, windsurfing, surfing and fishing.
Santo Antao Island
Santo Antao is one of the most beautiful islands of the archipelago of
Cape Verde. The mountain forests and valleys of Santo Antao are truly
great for hiking.
The countryside of Boavista is, dominated by sand
dunes and plantations of coconut and date palms, has a white sand
desert in the interior, almost cheek by jowl with a subtropical oasis
Island Cape Verde
Maio Island belongs to the leeward group of
islands and is located south of Boavista and about 25 km east of
Island Cape Verde
The Capital of Fogo Island is Sao Filipe and it is a wonderful
colonial town filled with charming old buildings built by the
Island Cape Verde
is perhaps the most beautiful of Cape Verde's ten islands. Cape
Verdeans call Brava, "the island of flowers." But this entirely misses
the point of Brava's beauty.
Santiago Island Cape Verde
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| Sao Nicolau Island Cape Verde
Sao Nicolau Island,
meaning Saint Nicholas in Portuguese is one of the Barlavento islands
of Cape Verde. Sao Nicolau Island is located between the major
islands of Sal and Sao Vicente. Sao Nicolau is mountainous and is mostly
agricultural. In the past there was a lot of Volcanic activity and it
is very visible in the way Sao Nicolau
Island looks today, and much the same as Santo Antao.
The coast and the central part are mainly flat with some small hills.
The peninsula covers the eastern part of the island. The biggest
mountain on Sao Nicolau is Monte Gordo which is 1312
Sao Nicolau’s main town is Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal which
Sao Nicolau’s ferry and the fishing port. The people of Sao
Nicolau Cape Verde mainly
work in agriculture, fishing and tourism which is mainly takes place
around the beach locations of Sao Nicolau.
Sao Nicolau has an airport which is located towards the south
and sits between Vila da Ribeira Brava and Campo.
Sao Nicolau Island Cape Verde
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Located on the eastern side of Monte
Gordo, Cachaço acts as the main entrance point to the park and is also
home to the parks offices. Boasting some of the most fertile land
in Cape Verde and blessed with a great abundance of water, Cachaço's
lush vegetation makes it a glimmering jewel set in the mountains of Såo
A sleepy little town nestled between two
mountains, Ribeira Brava has a rustic old world elegance and
charm. Historically a great center of learning in Cape Verde,
Ribeira Brava was once home to a seminary as well the Catholic
Arch-Bishop of all western Africa, and is still home to the largest
church in Cape Verde. As a result, many of the most celebrated
Cape Verdean poets, artists, and thinkers have come from Sao
Nicolau. Sitting within sight of Monte Gordo, it is possible to
hike up to the park from Ribeira Brava using an old cobblestone
footpath banked on each side by high stone walls.
Ribeira Brava stands out as probably the prettiest town in the
archipelago with its lovely colonial architecture, colourful fertile
gardens and quiet dignity having been home to Africa’s first university
and a focal point for the Portuguese intellectual elite.
From ocean side town of Tarrafal it is
possible to watch as the clouds come pouring down the western face of
the Monte Gordo. As home to the port of Sao Nicolau, Tarrafal is
also home to Sao Nicolau’s vibrant fishing industry. The waters
around Tarrafal are teeming with blue marlin, tuna, and swordfish, as
well as several other marine animals such as lobster and octopus.
The black sand beaches of Tarrafal are rumored to have medicinal
properties, and it is not uncommon to see people burying themselves in
hopes of curing aches and pains. Diving and
fishing are understandably, the most popular activities here, with
leisure fishing enthusiasts mostly searching out the much sought after
Blue Marlin. Small dolphin schools also regularly follow vessels.
Inaccessible by vehicle, Fragata is a
small village located on the other side of a mountain pass from Faja.
The path through the mountains from Faja to Fragata is is one of the
more beautiful trails on Såo Nicolau and the town of Fragata, with it's
homes built on the sides of cliffs, is also a spectacular sight.
Fragata is also home to one of the three trapiche's on Såo Nicolau, the
machinery used to make grogue out of sugarcane.
|Located approximately 5km south of Tarrafal, Baixo da
Rocha is a pristine white sand beach that can only be reached by
footpath or by hiring a truck driver to navigate the very bumpy road.
This limited accesibiltiy means that the beach is very isolated and
does not receive many visitors, helping keep it clean and ideal hiking
|Located north of Tarrafal is the breathtaking cliffs and
tranquil tide pools of Carbeirinho. It is the perfect destination for a
hiking excursion and an ideal location for a picnic. While less remote
than Baixo da Rocha, there is no regular traffic to Carbeirinho. A
truck can be hired to provide transportation both one way and round
Visitors, however, are mostly drawn to the island mainly for its
incomparable hiking. One of its main attractions is the enchanting and
tropical Monte Gordo, which stands imperiously at 1,304m and has a
stunning, fertile plant life.
A short trek from the capital you will find a stunning gorge with lush
plantations of maize, banana and papaya.
Long since a motif not for just Sao Nicolau but Cape Verde, the island
is also the home of the fairytale dragon trees (Dragoeiro), which is
now officially an endangered species.
The nearby island of Raso, which is accessed from the port of Tarrafal
is home to the Cape Verdian Lark - one of the rarest birds in the
world. Visitors, however, should note that there is no shelter on the
uninhabited Raso island and must bring their own water and food.
Activities in Sao Nicolau Island Cape Verde
Sao Nicolau offers excellent hiking at all
levels. Hill and valley walks are along well-kept paths used daily by
the locals along the interior of Sao Nicolau and from its centre to the
village of Tarrafal. You can go out on a local fishing boat, visit in
October andyou are quite likely to see dolphins and flying fish.
Bird Watching in Sao Nicolau Island Cape Verde
Island - Cape Verde
Sao Nicolau is popular with bird watchers.
From Tarrafal you can set sail for Rosa and Blanca, two uninhabited
islands a couple of hours voyage away and amongst other birds is the
home of the rare Cape Verdean Lark, one of the rarest birds in the
world. Please note these islands are served only by local
fishing boat from Tarrafal on the island of Sao Nicolau. There is
nowhere to shelter on these islands, therefore it is essential that you
take food and water for your visit. All boat journeys are
subject to weather conditions and at the discretion of the Captain. A
permit will be required (only available at certain times of the year).
Festivals are very important to the people of Sao Nicolau. Every town
on the island has a patron saint. On the feast day for that saint the
town will hold a festival that lasts for days. People will come from
all over the island to attend. By far the biggest festival on Sao
Nicolau is Carnival, a four day festival that celebrates Fat Tuesday
before the beginning of Lent.
Sao Nicolau Island
The grogue made on Sao Nicolau, known locally as grogue terra, is
widely considered to be some of the best grogue made in Cape Verde.
Only a small amount of grogue is made to meet the demands of the
islands inhabitants and none is shipped off island. There are three
locations where grogue is made on Sao Nicolau: Fragata, Queimadas, and
Aguas das Patas. Sometimes the sap of a Dragoeiro is added to make
Dragons Blood grogue.
Sao Nicolau is also the nesting ground for many different types of sea
turtles including Hawkbills, Loggerheads, and Leatherbacks.
Unfortunately hunting and the destruction of nesting areas has made
many of these majestic creatures endangered species. Efforts are being
made to protect the sea turtles of Sao Nicolau by banning hunting,
protecting nesting areas, and by collecting infant turtles to assist
with their release.
Although Sao Nicolau was discovered on the 6th of December 1461, it was
only during the middle of the 17th century, when the first village was
built in Porto da Lapa, that people began to settle there. However,
because of the constant attacks by pirates, the inhabitants moved
inland and settled in Ribeira Brava.
Access to the sea was obtained through the Port of Preguiça in the Bay
of S.Jorge and in 1818 a fortress was built there to defend the local
inhabitants from pirate attacks and potential invaders.