Brava island Cape Verde

Brava island in Cape Verde is the very definition of ‘off the beaten track’.

Often shrouded in clouds, giving it a mysterious aura, the smallest inhabited island in the Cape Verde archipelago is also the greenest of them all. Blessed with a unique mix of flora and fauna, it’s regularly referred to as ‘The Island of Flowers’, but walkers too will be in their element. Although just 10km across at its widest point, Brava has some of the best walks in the nine islands of Cape Verde.

It’s getting here that’s the challenge. Accessible only via the island of Fogo and only on the unreliable ferry, planning a stay is difficult – but far from impossible and we’re here to help. For those who’d like to come, we organise a flexible itinerary that our local partners manage for you once you’re on the islands. You’ll need a couple of days on Fogo on the way out and on the way back but with plenty to see on Fogo as well, these days will be are far from wasted!

Our folks on the ground will adjust your itinerary according to the ferry times which are only released days in advance. If you’re ok to travel with a flexible attitude then you’ll be able to see and do the things you’ve planned to on both Brava and Fogo, but in the order the ferries of the week dictate.

Once you’ve arrived on Brava, base yourself in Vila Nova Sintra, the island’s biggest town; probably the best place to stay is at the Hotel Cruz Grande. From here it’s easy to spend at least three or four days exploring this beautiful island on foot. For your first day we recommend having a guide along – you’ll learn so much more and quickly about their island home. Guides are available for more than one day of course but you’ll also value time to explore at your own pace.

If you’d like a longer and more immersive island getaway then there are some very rustic self catering accommodations available. Get in touch if you’d like to plan a Brava getaway with us.

There is nothing but wild water between the island and the USA, and it comes as no surprise that in the 19th-century American whaling ships ended up here, recruiting willing Cape Verdeans who started a new life on the other side of the Atlantic.


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