About São Nicolau
São Nicolau (Portuguese meaning Saint Nicholas) is one of the Barlavento (Windward) islands of Cape Verde with an area of 388 km². Tourism is in its infancy here so the island still retains a genuine unspoilt feel. It is a mountainous island with stunning scenery, one of the most impressive in the archipelago. São Nicolau is unadulterated nature. Precipitous mountain slopes with fantastic rock formations; little villages and fertile valleys are waiting to be discovered.
Ribeira Brava the capital hugs the fertile slopes of the mountainside. Its colonial style painted, colourful houses and delightfully presented gardens make it a noteworthy place to visit. The beaches at Tarrafal are said to have healing powers so don’t be alarmed to see locals burying themselves in the sand! If you are looking for natural beauty and a walkers paradise that isn’t quite as steep as Santo Antão why not visit São Nicolau.