Morro Negro

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Morro Negro
Morro Negro is located in Cape Verde
Morro Negro
Highest point
Elevation 156 m (512 ft)
Listing List of mountains in Cape Verde
Coordinates 16°6′13″N 22°40′41″W / 16.10361°N 22.67806°W / 16.10361; -22.67806Coordinates: 16°6′13″N 22°40′41″W / 16.10361°N 22.67806°W / 16.10361; -22.67806
Mountain type Formation

Morro Negro is a hill located near the east coast of the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde. It sits at an of elevation 156 m, and is the easternmost hill or mountain in the nation. The nearest village is Cabeça dos Tarrafes, 5.5 km to the northwest.

Tartaruga Nature Reserve[edit]

The area forms a part of a nature reserve named Tartaruga (Tartaruga Nature Reserve, Portuguese: Reserva Natural Tartaruga),[1] rarely known as the Morro Negro Turtle Reserve, Portuguese for turtle which protects the area's turtle population especially in its beaches. It forms a large space alongside the coast and partly interior that is parallel with its length and width dominating the southeast of the island. Its total area is about 15,000 hectares, of which 1,439 hectares are terrestrial and 13,436 hectares are marine, its length is about 5 km or 3 nautical miles from the shore.


Morro Negro Lighthouse
Morro Negro is located in Cape Verde
Morro Negro
Cape Verde
Location Morro Negro
Boa Vista
Cape Verde
Coordinates 16°6′8.8″N 22°40′39.0″W / 16.102444°N 22.677500°W / 16.102444; -22.677500
Year first constructed ~1930
Foundation concrete base
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape square prism tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower, red lantern
Height 11.9 metres (39 ft)
Focal height 163 metres (535 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 31 nautical miles (57 km; 36 mi)[2]
Characteristic Fl W 20s.
Admiralty number D2916
NGA number 24197
ARLHS number CAP-014
Cape Verde number PT-2102[3]

There is a lighthouse on the hill, one of two such structures on the island.[4] Surrounding the mountain is Ponta do Roque (a rocky point) is its nearest promontory and a beach named Cruzinha Brito. A salinary marsh and a lagoon dominates the southeast of the area.

The lighthouse as built around the 1930s. It sits at 151 meters above sea level, it is 11 meters tall and its focal height is 163 meters tall making it the highest in Cape Verde, just a meter above Farol da Ponta de Tumbo near Janela on the island of Santo Antão's. Its light range is 57 km (31 nmi) making it the longest in the nation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Protected areas of Cape Verde". 
  2. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cape Verde". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Russ Rowlett (June 9, 2010). "Morro Negro Lighthouse". The Lighthouse Directory. UNC at Chapel Hill. Retrieved September 11, 2010.