Porto Mosquito

Porto Mosquito is a settlement in the southern part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. It is situated on the south coast, 10 km northwest of Cidade Velha. It is part of the municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago.

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Porto Mosquito

Porto Mosquito is a settlement in the southern part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. It is situated on the south coast, 10 km northwest of Cidade Velha. It is part of the municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago.

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In 1870, the Count of Montrond (France) made a stop on the island on his way to Brazil. He brought with him the vineyards that started the production of wine in the boiler. Many of the inhabitants of Chã, with their fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes, can trace their ancestors to the biologically prolific Count of Montrond.

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Natural Environment

A large crater with escarpments of 1000 meters, called Bordeira, surrounds the village. On the plain there is a large volcanic peak (2,829 m from sea level) and several smaller peaks and lava fields from recent eruptions, mainly 1951, 1995 and 2014 (during which the entire population had to be evacuated). The entire caldera, about 67 km², is a protected area as part of the Fogo Natural Park.

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Fauna and Flora

84% of endemic plants (31 species in total) in Fogo are located in Chã and Bordeira. 48% of these are designated as rare and/or threatened in the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries (MAAP) 'Red List', which includes the species Echium volcanorum , Erysimum caboverdeanum , Sarcostemma daltonii , Verbascum cystolithicum , rotundifolia Lavandula , Periploca laevigata sp. chevalieri , Euphorbia tuckeyana and Tornabenea bischoffii and the genus Diplotaxis . Its fauna includes mainly insects, not so many in the low-lying areas, it is one of the places where it does not exist. A warbber, the Warbber of Cape Verde ( Acrocephalus brevipennis ) is one of several places on the island that are not founded since its habitat is up to 1,300 meters above sea level.

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Cognac and Wine

The wines labeled "Chã", produced by the Association (with the help of the Italian NGO Cospe and the EU), are full-bodied and rich in colour and extract. All grapes used in the wines are grown locally by farmers inside the caldera, which has a wine tradition of 120 years. High-quality semi-sweet grapes grow (1.2 km² in total) in the caldera's rich volcanic soils. The percentage of alcohol in "Chã" wines (14%) is higher than that found in EU or California wines. But the best of Chã is for sure is the climb on the volcano, it is worth going there and staying no frills even!

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Highlights


Get to know the World Heritage Site and the stories and charms hidden in each experience

Banana's Street

A trace of the original architecture of the 15th century, with its whitewashed houses and thatched roofs, from this street you can enjoy the vegetation along Ribeira Grande

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Banana's Street

A trace of the original architecture of the 15th century, with its whitewashed houses and thatched roofs, from this street you can enjoy the vegetation along Ribeira Grande

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Royal Fortress

The São Felipe Fortress is located at the entrance of the city, a building with walled structures, easily accessible, its surrounding area is a true viewpoint. Constructed in 1587–93. This fort was built as defence from pirate attacks (mainly French and English). The elevation is 120 m above sea level.

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Royal Fortress

The São Felipe Fortress is located at the entrance of the city, a building with walled structures, easily accessible, its surrounding area is a true viewpoint. Constructed in 1587–93. This fort was built as defence from pirate attacks (mainly French and English). The elevation is 120 m above sea level.

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Se Cathedral

The first cathedral built in the West African coast in 1556 and completed in 1705, on the initiative of Friar Francisco da Cruz, in a privileged position, facing the ocean. Its impressive ruins (the church was 60 m long) have been conserved in 2004. the ruined convent of São Francisco, built in 1657 on a slope outside the city centre. The convent church has been restored in 2002.

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Se Cathedral

The first cathedral built in the West African coast in 1556 and completed in 1705, on the initiative of Friar Francisco da Cruz, in a privileged position, facing the ocean. Its impressive ruins (the church was 60 m long) have been conserved in 2004. the ruined convent of São Francisco, built in 1657 on a slope outside the city centre. The convent church has been restored in 2002.

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Nossa Senhora de Rosário's Church

One of the examples of sub-Saharan Gothic architecture, Manueline style the founding element of this building, built in honor of Our Lady of Rosario patron saint of black men. The oldest colonial church in the world, built in 1495.

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Nossa Senhora de Rosário's Church

One of the examples of sub-Saharan Gothic architecture, Manueline style the founding element of this building, built in honor of Our Lady of Rosario patron saint of black men. The oldest colonial church in the world, built in 1495.

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Pillory

Reected in 1512 or 1520. At this marble pillar rebellious slaves were punished publicly. It was restored in the 1960s. It stands at the main square of the city.

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Pillory

Reected in 1512 or 1520. At this marble pillar rebellious slaves were punished publicly. It was restored in the 1960s. It stands at the main square of the city.

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São Roque Chape

A historical heritage located in the upper part of the city near Fortaleza Real, A small building that is in good condition

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São Roque Chape

A historical heritage located in the upper part of the city near Fortaleza Real, A small building that is in good condition

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Projects

Projects

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Birds Protection

Protect the habitat of a set of a seabirds.

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Birds Protection

Protect the habitat of a set of a seabirds.

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Beach Cleaning

This project aims to keep community beaches always clean and at the same time create local jobs

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Beach Cleaning

This project aims to keep community beaches always clean and at the same time create local jobs

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Empower Women

This project aims to help women in the community keep tradition and culture alive by teaching children

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Empower Women

This project aims to help women in the community keep tradition and culture alive by teaching children

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