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Village of Fontainhas with a piece of the Atlantic on top right
Village of Fontainhas with a piece of the Atlantic on top right
Fontainhas is located in Cape Verde
Coordinates: 17°11′17″N 25°06′14″W / 17.188°N 25.104°W / 17.188; -25.104Coordinates: 17°11′17″N 25°06′14″W / 17.188°N 25.104°W / 17.188; -25.104
Country Cape Verde
Island Santo Antão
Municipality Ribeira Grande
Civil parish Nossa Senhora do Livramento
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 282

Fontainhas is a settlement in the northern part of the island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde. It is situated near the rocky north coast of the island, 2 km southwest of Ponta do Sol and 19 km north of the island capital Porto Novo. The settlement includes the smaller villages Corvo and Forminguinhas, about 1 km west of Fontainhas proper, while Fontainhas it is connected by the road that starts at Lagedo Largo and finishes at Ponta do Sol, the remainder are connected on foot. It also has a beach named Aranhas located next to Cruzinha.


Other nearby place include Cruzinha in the west.

The centre of Fontainhas located on steep slope area of a mountain

Much of the areas are treacherous and features cliffs and canyons. It features smaller streams that empty into the sea in hundreds of meters.

Agriculture is its main industry

Settlements and sections[edit]

  • Aranhas - west
  • Aranhas de Cima
  • Corvo
  • Fontainhas
  • Formiguinhas
  • Ladeira
  • Lombo
  • Lombinho de Mar
  • Mane Corre
  • Selada
  • Zurinca (or Ourinca) - west

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