Paul, Cape Verde

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Location of Paul
Coordinates: 17°07′N 25°01′W / 17.12°N 25.01°W / 17.12; -25.01Coordinates: 17°07′N 25°01′W / 17.12°N 25.01°W / 17.12; -25.01
Country Cape Verde
Island Santo Antão
 • Total 54.26 km2 (20.95 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 6,997
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Postal code 11xx

Paul is a concelho (municipality) of Cape Verde. It covers all the valley named the Vale do Paul. Situated in the northeastern part of the island of Santo Antão, it covers 7% of the island area, and is home to 16% of its population, the majority are rural. Its capital is the town Pombas. In area, the municipality is the 4th smallest and the 19th largest in the nation, in population it had the 17th largest and the 6th smallest in 2000.

Paul are connected with a road linking west Ribeira Grande and north of the island and since 2009 linking east then south and west to Porto Novo and south and west of the island without using the difficult road that crosses high in the mountains at around 1,400 m elevation. In the southwesternmost area is the Cova crater.

It is part of a protected natural space in Cape Verde under the statute of natural park of Cova-Ribeira da Torre-Paul. The protected area covers Ribeira da Torre, within the Corda Crater and all of Paul Valley with som exception of the southeast.[2]

The municipality and parish[edit]

The municipality consists of one freguesia (civil parish), Santo António das Pombas. The freguesia is subdivided into the following settlements, it population data was of the 2010 census:

The Paul Valley on Santo Antão


Population of Paul, Cape Verde (1940—2010)
1940[3] 1950[3] 1960[3] 1970[3] 1980[3] 1990[3] 2000[4] 2010[5]
5845 5370 6024 8000 7983 8121 8385 6997


The Municipality of Paul is one of the oldest administrative divisions in Cape Verde. By the end of the 19th century it merged with the older Municipality of Ribeira Grande, becoming the Municipality of Santo Antão. In 1971 the Municipality of Santo Antão was redivided in 3 municipalities: Ribeira Grande, Paul and Porto Novo.

In around 2009 and 2011, several windmills were built in the southeastern part of the municipality in an area where rural roads once difficultly connected to the road to Ribeira Grande and the west of the island, now they are connected with the new road, that area is located between Ponta do Tumbo and the municipal boundary. Windmills provide renewable energy to Paul and the north of the island.


Its geology consists of basalt rocks formed 1.4 million to 700,000 years ago. It is the known as the Cova Group which has Cova, Corda and Paul rock formations.[6]


Sport clubs[edit]

Local competitions[edit]

Each year, the municipality of Paul has the Paul Municipal Cup which consists of four clubs based in the municipality. It takes place in around October or November of each year.


Its only festival is on June 13 with the Santo António das Pombas (Saint Anthony of Pombas).

Notable people[edit]

  • Antoninho Travadinha, commonly known as Travadinha, one of the most autodidactic musicians of the nation


From 2004-2008 and since 2012, the Movement for Democracy is the ruling party of the municipality which won 54.7% in the last election.

Municipal assembly[edit]

Movement for Democracy 56.44 7 43.3 - 54.7 7
PAICV 43.56 6 50.3 - 42.9 6


Movement for Democracy 56.12 5 44.2 0 55.4 7
PAICV 43.88 0 51.4 7 42.3 0

Sister cities[edit]

Paul has three sister cities and municipalities, all of them are in Portugal: Almodôvar, Benavente, Gavião (since June 2006) and Sernancelhe


  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Áreas protegidas, Cabo Verde (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Source: Statoids
  4. ^ Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatísticas.
  5. ^ "2010 Census results Santo Antão". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Holm, Paul Martin (2006). Sampling the Cape Verde Mantle Plume: Evolution of Melt Compositions on Santo Antão, Cape Verde Island. 47. p. 145-18. doi:10.1093/petrology/egi071. 

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