Brava Cape Verde

About Brava

Brava Cape Verde is the smallest inhabited island in Cape Verde, but at the same time the greenest. You can only travel to Brava by ferry from neighbouring Fogo. It is often called the island of flowers or the garden island.

On arriving at the port a steep hairpin bend road takes you up to the main town. Vila Nova Sintra is located high on the mountain ridges of Brava, and many people think it is the most picturesque city in the Cape Verde. The sobrados (two-storied houses) with little gardens, the attractive park and paving suggest that the town is a little more affluent than some others in Cape Verde.

Pretty Faja d’Agua is a small village on the north coast and well worth a visit. This little village is reached by a narrow road with hairpin bends, but the trip is well worth making. The bay at Faja d’Agua is considered to be one of the most picturesque in the whole country. Just beyond the village, there are natural rock pools where you can swim. At the far end of the road is the abandoned airport. When whaling was a major source of income for the island, whaling ships from America would call at Faja d’Agua and it become the main harbour on the island. When the existing port was built, Faja d’Agua ceased to be important.

This island has some beautiful scenery including dramatic gorges and mountains. Much of the coastline is rugged with impressive cliffs. Pico of Fontainhas (976 meters) is the highest mountain on Brava. From the island you get views of Fogo and the channel that separates the two islands. It is thought that they may once have been joined.

Clouds form above Brava during the entire year due to the slipstream of Fogo and Monte Fontainhas. This creates a plant-friendly climate that supports many species such as oleander, almond trees, date and coconut palms. If you like flora and fauna and are looking for a change of pace then Brava Cape Verde is exactly the right place for you…