Santa Luzia Island

The Uninhabited Island


Enjoy a different day, surrender to the tranquility of the island

Located five miles from Sao Vicente Island, the island of Santa Luzia belongs to the group of the Windward Islands, and has an area of 35 km2, and the highest point is 395 meters above sea level. With a dry climate and frequent periods of drought, the various settlement attempts of the island ended in failure.

The landscape consists of high peaks to the north and splendid beaches of white sand and dunes to the south. The only way to reach the island is by "Calhau", on the eastern coast of São Vicente, where you can rent a fishing boat during the day will transport the Santa Luzia. The crossing is about two hours each way.

The uninhabited island ... white dunes beaches and blue sea

Considered an important natural reserve of Cape Verde, Santa Luzia, it is the only island of the archipelago that is not inhabited. Water shortages prevented the success of several attempts at settlement, despite this, the island came to be inhabited during the century XVIII, for a small community that was dedicated to pastoralism, fishing and urzela extraction.

In the twentieth century to the 60's, the island was inhabited by a couple, but is uninhabited since. Still, the human presence on the island is almost constant. Fishermen usually from São Vicente, make journeys here a few days.

Meet the marine fauna of this Integral Natural Reserve

The marine fauna of the island of Santa Luzia is very rich and diverse. Besides being one of the preferred sites for nesting turtles, the waters surrounding the island are home to many species of fish and high quality seafood.

Promoted the Integral Nature Reserve category, the island of Santa Luzia and their Branco and Raso islets, they have restricted access to scientific purposes or possibly education. Currently access to the Integral Nature Reserve is subject to authorization from the General Directorate of Environment and Management Plan is being finalized in order to establish the rules and to identify which activities and sightseeing arrangements can be compatible with environmental preservation and the conservation of endemic species found there.









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