road porto novo - ribiera grande

Road from Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande, Santo Antão island

Many of the roads in Cape Verde are finished with small granite setts or cobbles. These are painstakingly cut to shape by hand and consequently some of the roads take a long time to build. It must be a very hard and tiring job to shape these stones in the heat of the day. Unlike typical cobbled streets in Europe, these roads are comparatively smooth, because the granite is shaped to provide a flat surface. This photograph was taken on the mountain road between Porto Novo and Ribeira Grande on the island of Santo Antão.