is the Sleeping Beauty of the Barlavento islands. This makes her particularly attractive for individual travelers. Tthere are many things to discover in silence: beaches, mountains, green valleys, villages and small towns with rich history, music and poetry.
History and Culture
Until the terrible droughts of the 1940s, the island was densely populated and agriculturally productive. In Vila da Ribeira Brava and Calejao, in the 19th century, a priestly school with a secular high school branch were the best of their time in West Africa. From them emerged the poets, composers, musicians, politicians and engineers who gave the country a written culture and identity in addition to the oral tradition.
A dense network of old mule tracks runs through the mountains. We have chosen the most beautiful trails and described in the guide. On Monte Gordo with its natural park, there are dense forests with dragon trees, endemic plants and enjoy the vision of the entire archipelago. The far-reaching peninsulas to the south and east seduce to days long desert walks.
Bikers are rarely seen on the island. With its far reaching peninsulas and the correspondingly extensive network of small cobbled streets and mule tracks, the island offers a variety of attractive routes for downhill and trail riders as well as for touring cyclists. The hiking map contains a classification of routes for MTB.