São Nicolau in Cape Verde

São Nicolau is a delightful, quiet island, with an air of sophistication and excellent walking opportunities.

Home to Cape Verde’s prettiest town Ribeira Brava, it has managed to stay off the tourist path.

From the coast cobbled paths and terraced fields stretch up into the green mountainside transforming the island into a walkers paradise, with amazing views along the way.

If you stay in Riberia Brava (or Vila, as the locals call it), you’ll have easy access to the walks on the northwest of the island, and you can visit the pretty village of Ribeira da Prata and the strange rock formations at Caberinha.

People say that there’s a unique mood on this island and the beaches at Tarrafal are rumoured to have healing powers so don’t be surprised when you see explorers buying sand.

Further to the east lies Juncalinho a small village surrounded by steep valleys and jagged rock formations.

 

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