Brava

 

Brava is the smallest and most gentle of the islands and has retained it’s tradition and charm.

The island of Brava is the wettest and greenest of the Cape Verde Islands. Often enveloped in a lingering mist, the island’s climate is quite humid and generally cool, with temperatures ranging between 16 and 25 degrees C. Due to this, the island is extremely fertile with an abundance of flora and fauna.

Brava has been named the ‘Island of Flowers’  for it’s many oleander bushes, hibiscus, jasmine and bougainvillea.

Reached by ferry from Fogo, only 20 km away , this island is less frequented by tourists.

There is no beach action on Brava, but there are some wonderful hikes with incredible views. There are a number of marked walks, which leave from the capital, Nova Sintra.

Hiking in Brava

Hiking in Brava

The town of Vila de Nova Sintra, is said to be the most beautiful city of the Cape Verdean archipelago. with it’s many flower filled gardens. It was named after Sintra in Portugal and much of tit’s architecture  derives from the Portuguese colonial rule. The musician Eugenio Tavares was born here.

Faja d’Agua has the island’s only beach, a black volcanic sand beach opening into a small bay. It is said that the minerals in the black sand go someway to ease the symptoms of arthritis.

Furna is the main port, located approximately 3 km from Vila de Nova Sintra. This bustling port comes alive during ferry arrivals and departures. The aluguer journey from Furna to Vila de Nova Sintra takes in the spectacular mountain scenery and provides excellent opportunities for photography.

Porto do Furna

Porto do Furna