THE ROMANTIC ISLAND
67 km2 of pure charm! The Brava Island is the smallest of the entire archipelago, but one of the greenest, freshest and flowering, features that motivated its name “Island of the flowers”.
Its small territory is fertile in vegetation, mountains, belvederes, enchanting villages and a city – Nova Sintra – which earned its name by comparison with the town of Sintra, in Portugal, with which it shares the same type of architecture and fresh and humid climate.
NOVA SINTRA: The city of the flowers
É Elevated to National Heritage in 2013, Nova Sintra is the county seat and the largest urban center of the island. But the city, with a little more than 7 thousand inhabitants, preserves the features and the rhythm of its colonial past. It is around Eugénio Tavares square that the people from Brava live their daily life. The house where he lived was transformed into a museum. At night there are often small tocatines, traditional music halls, in bars or private houses open to visitors.
EXPLORING THE ISLAND AND ITS
We had already mentioned that Brava is an island that invites to the romance, but it never hurts to repeat. Leaving the bucolic Nova Sintra, towards the mountains, Brava is equally charming. With belvederes that take advantage of the privileged view on the neighboring island of Fogo, contrasted with the blue of the sea that extends to its feet.
Fajã de Água is a must-visit. A small bay cut out on the imposing escarpment, with a row of colorful houses. Here you can bathe in the natural pools of crystal clear water or enjoy the movement of fishing boats.
Nova Sintra and Fajã de Água, the most touristic areas, have several pensions and boarding-houses. Some of them located in colonial buildings that have been recovered. There are also private houses on the rest of the island that receive tourists.
Brava has several typical dishes based on goat meat, namely the djagacida accompanied by the traditional xerém. There is also fresh fish at several of the island’s restaurants.
Brava has a tradition in embroidery, lace and cloth dolls that can be purchased in the city of Nova Sintra. There are also craftsmen in the surrounding villages who do basketwork and stone carvings.