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NEWS ALERT: Exclusive Luxury Townhouses are soon to be built with the most stunning ocean views in Sao Vicente. Spacious 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with 2 En-suite and infinity pool. Be sure to complete the Property Form for more details and read more on Sao Vicente. These Townhouses are believed to double in value by 2011 when the International Airport will be open. Alternatively, you can request a property pack by calling our UK Office on 0208 517 8856.

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SAO NICOLAU - St Nicholas

São Nicolau (Portuguese meaning Saint Nicholas) is one of the Barlavento (Windward) islands of Cape Verde. It is located between the islands of São Vicente and Sal. Its population is 12,864, with an area of 388 km². The mountainous island is mostly agricultural but is subject to droughts. The flat areas and hills dominate most of the coastline and the central part. A peninsula covers the eastern part of the island. The highest point on the island is Monte Gordo (1,312 m). First inhabited in the sixteenth century, it is known for its mountains and for its main town, Ribeira Brava, long the seat of the Cape Verde diocese. Its other town is the ferry and the fishing port of Tarrafal. Its economy consists mainly of agriculture as well as fishing and tourism near its beaches. Much of the population is rural. Preguiça Airport is located to the south between Vila da Ribeira Brava and Campo.

Geography

Municipally São Nicolau includes the unhabited islands of Santa Luzia, Branco Islet and Raso Islet which were once administered by São Vicente. The highest point is around 1,300 m while the sea amount totals to around 5,300 m. Other mountains include Monte Bissau in the central part and Pico do Alberto to the east.

History

A famine affected the entire island in the 1940s which lead to emigration, mainly to São Tomé and Principe.

Tourist Activities

Sao Nicolau offers breath taking rugged volanic landscapes which attracts many hikers. It is a quiet island with small communities along the coastal region; Vila de Ribeira Brava is the capital of the island. There are 2 mountain ranges (highest point 1,312m) on the island and Vila de Ribeira Brava sits in between the two offering extensive hiking trails in Sao Nicolau . The main port is Tarrafal. The municipality formerly included the parishes of São João Baptista and Santo André. Today it administers only one parish. Tarrafal de São Nicolau, covering the western part of the island, split from the rest of the island creating its own municipality. It now covers the northern and the eastern portions of the island. São Nicolau has a few schools or collegiates (colegio), a few lyceums (middle schools), a gymnasium (secondary schools), churches, beaches, ports, a post office and squares (praças). The bay of Tarrafal has a large stock of fish, so much so that this has attracted tourist fishing trips trying to land a Blue Marlin. Dolphins frequent the shore here and are regularly seen by fishermen. Fishing trips are provided by local fishermen.

Bird Watching

There is a small island off the coast which can only be accessed by local fishing boat. This Island is home to a wide range of bird species including the Cape Verdean Lark. The island is of Raso is served only by local fishing boat from Tarrafal on the island of Sao Nicolau. Amongst other birds, the island is the home to the Cape Verdean Lark.