Brava

Known as the Island of the flowers, Brava – which means ‘wild’ island – is one of the greenest, and the smallest of the inhabited islands in Cape Verde.

Its capital is Nova Sintra, a name inspired in the town of Sintra in Portugal, due to the astounding resemblance between them. In Brava, you may enjoy quietness, a mild climate and tranquility.

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What to do

Similarly to the Island of Maio, Brava is a perfect choice for those who wish to savour relaxing moments enjoying nature.

Trekking

Brava is an excellent destination for going for long walks in the mountains and valleys. Fontaínhas, the highest peak, is 976 metres high. Long walk lovers may still enjoy the green landscape in vivid contrast with the infinite blue sea around.

An obligatory stop must be made at Fajã on the northwestern part of the island.

Nova Sintra is a small town with highly marked colonial characteristics and offers an excellent opportunity for strolling around its streets and alleys full of history and century-old mornas echoing in the moonlight serenades, exactly where Eugenio Tavares, one of the most talented poets and composers, wrote his beautiful and harmonious mornas. And why not paying a visit to Eugenio Tavares’ Birthplace?

The local gastronomic specialty is ‘Molho Capado’, a lamb dish, served with sweet potatoes, potatoes, breadfruit and green bananas.

Popular feasts

coladerasSt. John’s festivities take place on June 14, the municipality’s day, and are dedicated to the island’s Patron Saint. This is also known as an emigrants’ feast due to the large number of Capeverdeans who come to the island on this special date to take part in the religious, cultural and sports activities and see relatives and friends. People compete singing coladeras, drums sound loud, and St. John the Baptist’s image is taken by a horseman as the horse ‘dances’ at the sound of drums.

 

 

How to get there

You can come to the port of Furna in Brava by sea from Fogo or Santiago.