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Ribeira do Paúl

The valley

The Ribeira de Paúl or more simply, Paúl Valley, is a refuge for nature lovers and hikers. It might well be described as the green heart of the island. It's also the greenest valley of the entire Cape Verde Islands. Thanks to its climatic and geographical conditions, the region is primarily dedicated to agriculture. Sugarcane, bananas, papaya and mangos are grown in Paúl Valley, as are potatoes and vegetables. Breadfruit and coconut trees are also part of the picture.

A tour through the valley provides an initial impression of the diversity found here. For hikers there are eight routes covering all levels of difficulty. Those who prefer to take it easy and enjoy nature at their own pace can start with an extended stroll. Guests looking for a challenge can head for the high alpine trails, offering elevations of up to around 1,000 meters above sea level.

The town of Vila das Pombas is located directly on the ocean. Its infrastructure is acceptable by African standards, but certainly has room for improvement. There is a post office and a clinic, two restaurants, a chemist's, several guest houses and two banks with cashpoints that accept Mastercard and Visa. What visitors won't find is a classic beach holiday — the waves are too strong and the shoreline is completely stony.

On the flip side, the island offers endless summer, at least from a climatic standpoint. There's always a light breeze and the temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius. In winter months temperatures tend toward a pleasant 20 to 25 degrees. The thermometer hovers between 17 to 20 degrees at night. The relative humidity during that time of year fluctuates between 50 and 70 percent. This results in very good visibility. Those travelling to Paúl Valley during summer can count on temperatures of 25 to 35 degree Celsius and humidity of 60 to 90 percent. Those on hand between mid-August and early October can count on a steady stream of heavy tropical rainstorms.

View of Cova Crater to Vila das Pombas
On the "main roadway" from Paúl Valley
View from the mountains down on Aldeia Manga
View of the coast of Paúl

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