Tarrafal de São Nicolau, Cape Verde

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Tarrafal de São Nicolau
Town of Tarrafal de São Nicolau with its harbor and its boats
Town of Tarrafal de São Nicolau with its harbor and its boats
Tarrafal de São Nicolau is located in Cape Verde
Tarrafal de São Nicolau
Tarrafal de São Nicolau
Coordinates: 16°33′58″N 24°21′25″W / 16.566°N 24.357°W / 16.566; -24.357Coordinates: 16°33′58″N 24°21′25″W / 16.566°N 24.357°W / 16.566; -24.357
Country Cape Verde
Island São Nicolau
Municipality Tarrafal de São Nicolau
Civil parish São Francisco de Assis
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 3,733
Postal code 3121

Tarrafal de São Nicolau is a town in the western part of the island of São Nicolau, Cape Verde. Its 2010 population was 3,733 and home to more than a third of the municipal population. It is situated on the west coast, 9 km southwest of Ribeira Brava and is connected with the main road (EN1-SN01) which is 53 km northeast. It is the seat of the Tarrafal de São Nicolau Municipality, and the main port of the island. the town and area are surrounded by mountains. The port is the other that offers ferry services to other islands including São Vicente and Sal which connects to other islands including Santiago. The town area covers the south of the municipality roughly a third and bordering up to about 700 meters above sea level in the north bordering Monte Gordo Natural Park, the municipal boundary is to the east. For many years, the port is the island's most busiest, it was expanded before 1990 and completed in 1991, it is 137 meters long and fits for two boats, the water's depth ranges from 3 to 7 meters. It is the only island that have two ports that are used for ferry services, it once had two that used it, the other was Sal.

About 8 km west is the island's westernmost point named Ponta do Barril and 10 km south is the island's southernmost point.


Tarrafal was settled around the 16th and the 17th centuries and started as a fishing village. The then settlement was mentioned as Terrafal in the 1747 French/Dutch map by Jacques Nicolas Bellin.[2]

The growing population would elevated to a town in the 1990s and continues today.


Its subdivisions are divided into neighborboods (bairros) including:

  • Alto Fontainhas
  • Alto Saco
  • Telha
  • Amarelo Pintado
  • Campo Pedrado
  • Chã de Poca
  • Escada
  • João Baptista


Its football (soccer) stadium is Estádio Orlando Rodrigues. The town's clubs include AJAT'SN and FC Ultramarina

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