You can’t say you’ve seen Cape Verde if you haven’t been to Santiago
It was here, on Cape Verde’s largest and most populous island, marked by valleys and mountains, that the story of the mid-Atlantic Creoles began. Here the new lives in harmony alongside tradition, and the
The island of São Nicolau is located in the north of the archipelago of Cape Verde, part of the windward group of islands. The island is entirely mountainous, with its highest point being Monte Gordo (1,304 meters), located at its widest spot. Among its valleys, some of which are narrow and others of
The town of Ribeira Brava is better known as “Stancha” and is the capital of the island of São Nicolau. It is made up of narrow, winding streets of southern European character, with many alleys and squares that characterize the town. Its main highlights are its church, considered
The decline in agriculture was marked mainly by the droughts in the 1950s and the consequent emigration of many of the island’s inhabitants. This resulted in the decline of a society that had previously been considered the cradle of Cape Verdean intellectualism.
A number of factors contributed
With a mar rich in fish, the island of São Nicolau has been visited by peoples from around the world in search of the famous Blue Marlin, a species abundant in its waters. Many other species contribute to the development of the canned fish industry on the island.
The town of Ribeira Brava comes alive with colors during Carnaval, when the local girls display their costumes and the boys accompany them with drums, fiddles and other instruments. The festivities last for three days and are known as the most lively in the archipelago after São Vicente.
One of the most important aspects of Brava’s culture is based on the stories of Nhô Lobo (literally, Mr. Wolf) and Chibinho, in which the moral is that those who do wrong always ended up paying for their misdeeds – in this case, Nhô Lobo is always beaten by the cleverness of Chibinho.
With a total land area of 67 square kilometers, Brava is the smallest of Cape Verde’s inhabited islands, with a population of 6,820 inhabitants.
The island is famous for its “vinager water,” the friendliness of its natives and the preservation of its culture, which
Considered an important part of Cape Verde’s cultural heritage, the sobrados (two-story mansions) of Fogo are intimately linked to the settlement of the island’s first inhabitants, hailing from Portugal (Algarve and Alentejo) and slaves from the West African coast.