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ISLANDS - BRAVA

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Overview

The island of Brava is located in the extreme southwest of the Leeward (Sotavento) group of the archipelago. With an elliptic configuration, it has a surface of 64 km2 and a maximum length of 9 km (east-west). lt is 10 miles away from the island of Fogo and from this viewpoint one can see four small islets, sometimes frequented by local fishermen.

Brava is the smallest island of the Cape Verdean archipelago, with the exception of the uninhabited Santa Luzia. lt is very mountainous and its highest point is Monte Fontainhas. Deep and abrupt valleys contrast with its high peaks. The coastline is very rugged, forming many bays, such as Furna, Ancião, Fajã d'Água, and Sorno. Evidence of the volcanic past of the island can be seen in Fundo Grande, in fact a crater preserved by time.

Due to its altitude, Brava is the dampest and greenest of all the islands and due to and its abundance of flowers it is known as a ilha das flores ("the island of flowers"). The median temperature oscillates between 16 and 26°C.

 

Recommended Hotels: 

Castelo. 285.2314: A small hotel run by a lady who lives next door, located in Vila Nova Sintra.

Pousada ViVi. 285.2562: A small Cape Verdean inn, located in Vila Nova Sintra. 

Nazareth. 285.1192: A pleasant Cape Verdean pension comprised of 5 bedrooms, located in Vila Nova Sintra above the TACV office.

Recommended Restaurants:

Castelo: A small restaurant located in Vila Nova Sintra that serves traditional Cape Verdean meals.

Pousada ViVi: A cute, small restaurant that cooks traditional Cape Verdean meals to order.
   
Recommended Places to See:
NOVA SINTRA is a beautiful town named after the original Sintra, in Portugal, due to the close visual and climatic similarities between them. It is situated at the base of a circle of mountains that at one time was the ravine of an old crater, the eastern side of which has since disappeared, probably due either to erosion or an earthquake. The layout of the streets, the quaint, traditional houses, and the masses of colorful flowers make Nova Sintra a delight to visit. The most prominent and central of the town's plazas is named after the renowned poet Eugenio Tavares. A stone-carved map can be seen there, along with a plaque dedicated especially to the poet. Without a doubt, Nova Sintra is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Cabo Verde.

FONTE DA VIRGEM is easily reached by foot, and, despite a lack of rain, is a beautiful place to visit. The local people have designed a method of growing their crops in small terraces that are irrigated by water coming from nearby springs. This water is very rich in fluorine and bicarbonate. Also fascinating to see are the endemic birds, grey-hooded kingfishers, whose exotic blue wings and red beaks catch the eye and lift the spirit.

FAJA D'ÁGUA and SORNO: This is a very picturesque route with lots of beatiful scenery. FAJA D'AGUA is a small village with a very priviledged location: it abuts a bay sheltered from the north east winds at the foot of the mountain. Years ago, American whaling boats used to land here. Nearby is a lovely sandy beach. Real pleasure can be had by just walking from the village towards the mountain and admiring the vegetation, the local houses, and the scenery. An abandoned airport is also only a stone's throw away. On the way back to Vila Nova Sintra, the road passes by SORNO, which is another beautiful spot. Before reaching FIGUEIRA, the road veers to the left and then down into SORNO, which is by a small, sheltered, and very picturesque bay. A few hundred meters further on, a rocky peak emerges, which looks like a volcanic needle. Along the coastline, crops growing on the ridges add to the almost other-worldly yet highly organic landscape.

FURNA is small fishing port and the home port of the Kriola. Cabo Verde Fast Ferry's Brava administrative and ticket office is also located nearby the harbor. The actual bay itself is only a few hundred meters in diameter. The local church overlooks the sea. 
 
NOSSA SENHORA DO MONTE is a typical mountain village. Because of droughts, the houses here have cisterns so they can store water the whole year round. The scenery is well worth seeing. The road to CACHAÇO and MATO GRANDE is peaceful and calm and the views are quite spectacular.