Section Rota do Mar – GR1 SAPN

crossing points :

Length: 11,4 km

Time : 3,30 horas

Type of route : Linear

start of the route : Monte Trigo

end of the route : Tarrafal

This route will cross the places of Chã de Cruz, Chã Dura, Pascoal Alves, Figueirinha de Pascoal Alves, Ribeira Preta, Ribeira de Purgueira and Selada de Monte Trigo, between Morrinho d´Égua /Topo de Coroa and Monte do Trigo (a small fishman village, which, thanks to it’s modern 24h photovoltaic energy system, is now famous as “the most renewable village of Cape Verde”).

On the road between this village and Tarrafal de Monte Trigo, the connexion can be done, as an alternative, either way, by sea, on small traditional fish boats, counting 50 minutes. During this crossing, the traveler will enjoy a unique and singular landscape, between the quiet blue sea of the bay and the high peaks of the vulcano Topo de Coroa, which raise, proudly, from the water.

Natural heritage

  • Fauna: birds : Red Kite (Milvus milvus fascicauda), red-billedt tropicbird(Phaethon aethereus), Cape verde Petrel (Pterodroma feae), Cape Verde shearwater (Calonectris edwardsii), Lesser cape verde kestrel(Falco neglectus), Iago sparrow (Passer iagoensis). Marine fauna: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus);Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus); Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coreacea), Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).