Monte Verde, Cape Verde

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Monte Verde
Monte Verde seen from Baía das Gatas
Highest point
Elevation 750 m (2,460 ft)
Prominence 750 m (2,460 ft)
Listing List of mountains in Cape Verde
Coordinates 16°52′07″N 24°56′05″W / 16.86861°N 24.93472°W / 16.86861; -24.93472Coordinates: 16°52′07″N 24°56′05″W / 16.86861°N 24.93472°W / 16.86861; -24.93472
Monte Verde is located in Cape Verde
Monte Verde
Monte Verde
eastern São Vicente
Mountain type Stratovolcano

Monte Verde (Portuguese meaning "green mountain") is the tallest mountain in the island of São Vicente, Cape Verde. The mountain is located 8 km (5 mi) east of the city of Mindelo, the island's main city and is 750 m tall.[1] The mountain is part of a natural park.[2]


An urban fresco depicting endemic plants from Monte Verde

The view at the top of Monte Verde is spectacular featuring views of the entire island including Baía das Gatas and the city of Mindelo as well as the islands Santa Luzia to the east and Santo Antão to the northwest.

The park area is 838 hectares and also includes much of Monte Madeiral which elevates 600 m and the second tallest in the island.

Also, the mountains give public passage as a large cultural interest.[3][clarification needed]

The telecommunications transmitter is located near the mountain top and serves television and radio throughout the island and into the islets.


It is an example of a sub-humid ecosystem. Of the 93 inventoried species of flora, 17 are on the list of endangered species of São Vicente.[2] Examples of species that are not found elsewhere on the island are Limonium jovi-barba, Sonchus daltonii, Asteriscus daltonii,[4] Echium stenosiphon ssp. stenosiphon, Tolpis farinulosa,[5] Campanula jacobaea (Cape Verde bellflower), Campylanthus glabra[6]Davallia canariensis and Kickxia elegans.[7]

Several naturalists visited the mountain area including Johann Anton Schmidt in 1851 and mentioned the mountain as "Monte Veredo".[8]

Cultural reference[edit]

Symphony No. 6 which is titled "Monte Verde" was an orchestra done by Vasco Martins along with another orchestral work Calmas tardes no Monte Verde (Calm Winds on Monte Verde).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michel Lesourd (dir.), "Monte Verde", in Le Cap-Vert, les Éd. du Jaguar, Paris, 2006, p. 213 (ISBN 978-2-86950-408-0)
  2. ^ a b Áreas protegidas, Cabo Verde (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Parque Natural Monte Verde" [Monte Verde Natural Park, photos of the park areas] (in Portuguese). SAPO Viajar Cabo Verde. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Schmidt, J. A., p. 195
  5. ^ Schmidt, J. A., p. 202
  6. ^ Schmidt, J. A., p. 245
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  8. ^ Schmidt, Johann Anton (1852). Beiträge zur Flora der Cap Verdischen Inseln. 

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