Brava (Portuguese for “wild”) is the smallest inhabited island, but at the same time the greenest, of Cape Verde. In 1680, the inhabitants escaped from the nearby larger island of Fogo after its volcano erupted and lava began to flow and cause widespread devastation.
Many people think that the town of Vila Nova Sintra, located high on the mountain ridges of Brava, is the most picturesque city of the Cape Verdean archipelago. The sobrados (two-storied houses) with little gardens show that the financial conditions in the city are not quite as meagre as on some of the other islands.
Due to the slipstream of Fogo and Monte Fontainhas (976 meters) clouds form during the entire year above Brava. This creates a plant-friendly climate that supports many species such as oleander, almond trees, date and coconut palms. If you like flora and fauna and are looking for a change of pace this is exactly the right place for you…
Brava is one of the few islands in the Cape Verde archipelago that does not have an airport.
Ferries operate between Brava and Santiago and Fogo. The service is operated by Cape Verde Fast Ferry and more information can be found on their website: www.cvfastferry.com
Brava is an island for relaxation and for hiking. The island has wonderful scenery to enjoy and walking is the best way to do this. Brava has a rich variety of flora and fauna and has been called the island of flowers because of the clouds that form over the mountain peak, bringing moisture. There are soaring mountains and impressive gorges, making Brava one of Cape Verde’s most mountainous islands. Coastal walks are also dramatic and interesting. Guided walking tours are available.
Visit Nova Sintra
Nova Sintra, the largest settlement on the island is in the centre of the island and has a population of about 1,500. The historic centre has been nominate as a World Heritage Site, but is yet to receive this designation. It is a pleasant little town which contains a monument to Eugénio Tavares one of Cape Verde’s most famous writers. In the centre of the town there is a nicely tended park, a music pavilion and essential shops such as a pharmacy and a bank. The Catholic church, built in about 1880, is worthy of a visit. The historic street, Rua da Cultura has a number of well cared for colonial buildings.
Visit Faja d’Agua
The coast of Brava is characterised by steep, dramatic cliffs. Faja d’Agua is a pretty village located in what is probably the prettiest bay in the whole of Cape Verde. The village nestles at the foot on the mountains. The walk to this lovely village is a very impressive one, as you descend on cobble stone paths through deserted villages and lush fertile fields. In the 19th Century whalers from the USA would find shelter here and would also pick up new crew members. As a result, Brava displays slightly more American influence than any of the other islands in the archipelago.
Qualitur offer a high quality service with sustainable tourism which encourages the support of ecological preservation and conservation. The team at Qualitur provide programmes and tours for visitors to Brava, with each one being tailored to suit the guest. The tours will show visitors the geographical features of the island including flora and fauna. They are based in Nova Sintra and places to visit include this town, considered one of the most attractive in Cape Verde, Furna, Fonte do Vinagre (Vinegar Fountain) and Fajã d’Agua.
In addition Qualitur can organise your transfers, tickets, rental of cars or bikes and various tickets and day trips.
Accommodation in Nova Sintra (double and twin rooms)
Bravatur is new accommodation located in Nova Sintra and has rooms with both sea and mountain views. All the rooms have cable television, air conditioning, en-suit bathroom and Wi-Fi. Reception is provided to welcome and assist guests. Both double and twin rooms area available.
Bravatur will provide its guests with good service at a reasonable price. There aim is to ensure that all their visitors enjoy their stay and leave fully satisfied with their visit.