About Brava

‘DjaBraba’ or the island of ‘Brava’ is the smallest and the most mountainous of the inhabited islands of Cape Verde. Initially they gave him the name ‘São João’ but later due to the dampness and floral appearance added to the abundance and variety of species was changed to Brava or DjaBraba meaning Wild Island. It’s considered the garden of Cape Verde. Populated only from 1620 most by inhabitants fleeing the Fire Island due to frequent eruptions of the volcano on the island of Fogo.

Fajã D´Água Créditos: Elysa

Fajã D´Água Créditos: Elysa

Since its settlement in the island of Brava, the island has had an extraordinary history. The island was chosen by American whalers in search of supplies for its vessels and shelter against rough weather for sailing. Famous for its ‘Bravenses’ sailors took the opportunity to experience working and emigrating to form the first colony of Capeverdean immigrants in Massachusetts. Today is a large Capeverdean community rooted in the United States that really do help those left behind on the island.

Estrada para o Porto da Furna Créditos: Brava News

Estrada para o Porto da Furna Créditos: Brava News

This meeting of cultures is visible today on the island customs, language as well in the architecture of their houses.
Accessing ‘Brava’ can only be done by the sea due to the exhistance of strong winds that constantly surround the island. Coming from the neighbouring island of ‘Fogo’up to the port of ‘Furna’. On the main port of entry to the island there lies a beautiful Bay where artisan fishing activities are carried out and one can find the best fish.
The road from Vila Nova de Sintra until the Furna’s harbor its famous for its various kilometers and its 99 turns. The landscape it’s very pleasant and with lots of trees and vegetation and with the impressive Volcano of FOGO’s Island on the Background.

Praça Eugénio Tavares Créditos: Brava News

Praça Eugénio Tavares Créditos: Brava News

The island of Brava has only one municipality, Brava, and its headquarters is ‘Vila Nova Sintra’, chosen as the name because it is very similar to ‘Sintra’ in Portugal. In the village there is a beautiful place, with a beautiful and careful Garden, with lots of flowers and trees. Is the ‘Eugénio Tavares’ (Eugénio de Paula Tavares) square was born on the island and was a Capeverdean poet. He devoted himself to the traditional ‘Morna’ who wrote in both Portuguese and Creole.

João da Noli Créditos: Brava News

João da Noli Créditos: Brava News

From ‘Nova Sintra’ can climb to the highest peak of the island, reaching a height of 976 m ‘Pico das Fontainhas’, after falling to ‘Campo Baixo’ by deep valleys passing by many cliffs on the coast full of bays to the port of ‘Tantum’. To the Northwest of the island descend from ‘Ribeira D’Água’ to the ‘Fajã’ where there is a magnificent and welcoming natural pool. Hiking lovers can also enjoy beautiful green scenery contrasting with the blue of the sea.

Aldeia piscatória da Brava Créditos: Elysa

Aldeia piscatória da Brava Créditos: Elysa

The most important celebrations of the island is ‘São João’ the Baptist, day (24 June), which coincides with the day of the Municipality. This is one of the largest cultural events in Cape Verde but on the island of Brava the celebration is unique. The sizing and edge banding machines sing to challenge praising the other, drums peak and the image of ´São João’ the Baptist is carried by the Knight while the horse dance to the sound of the drum. This is really the feast of emigrants which is offered to everyone a range and vast cultural and sporting activities. The local gastronomic speciality is the ‘Capado’ sauce. (Mutton neutered), a succulent stew with chunks of Lamb with sweet potato, potato, bread fruit and green banana.

Festividades típicas da Ilha

Festividades típicas da Ilha Créditos: Brava News

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