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WHERE SOLITUDE CAN BE NICE

Viewed from the island of Fogo, Brava is only a shadow lost in the vast ocean. However, when the stumbling bow of the boat reaches the handmade pier of Fajã de Água while we look at distance the rugged top of Monte Fontainhas, we realize that the idea of the “end of world” has, after all, little houses suspended on steep slopes, thanks to prodigious balances able to prove that man and woman – at least man and woman of this island – are able to do miracles.

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BRAVA
Is the smallest island of the archipelago of Cabo Verde consigned by natural vagaries and by the inflexible orders of the volcanic activity to the western end of leeside, the furthest from mother Africa. It is a land of perhaps extreme contrasts of nature, for the space where one can glimpse up the escarpment modulating terrible cliffs and dizzying
succession of hills and valleys also allows one’s eyes to rest on flowering rows, on a beach with captivating bays and on the lovely city of Nova Sintra, perhaps even more lovely when it is surrounded by the fog.

WHERE TO STAY
There are boarding-houses in the Village of Nova de Sintra and Fajã, and there are rooms for rent in houses of the local residents of the other villages.

WHERE TO EAT
There are places where you can eat in the Villages of Nova de Sintra, Fajã and Furna. The island’s traditional dishes are xerém (maize-meal) and djagacida). A typical dessert of Brava is mango and pumpkin ‘pie’ (torta).

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SHOPPING
Os artigos de artesanato típicos da Brava são os bordados e as rendas, que encontra em qualquer localidade. Existem também trabalhos em cestaria, bonecos de trapo e escultura em pedra.