Pedra de Lume

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Pedra de Lume
Pedra Lume CV.jpg
Pedra de Lume is located in Cape Verde
Pedra de Lume
Coordinates: 16°45′47″N 22°53′42″W / 16.763°N 22.895°W / 16.763; -22.895Coordinates: 16°45′47″N 22°53′42″W / 16.763°N 22.895°W / 16.763; -22.895
Country Cape Verde
Island Sal
Municipality Sal
Civil parish Nossa Senhora das Dores
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 329

Pedra de Lume (also Pedra do Lume,[2][source needs translation] Cape Verde Creole: Pedra di Lumi[citation needed]) is a village in the northeastern part of the island of Sal, Cape Verde. The village is situated on the east coast, about 5 km east of the island capital Espargos. Pedra de Lume has been famous for its salterns[2] which began around the 18th century. Together with Cagarral, the saltworks and around the mountain forms Cape Verde's protected area[3]

The crater lake

The Pedra de Lume crater is around 900 m in radius and is an extinct volcano. The area features salt evaporation ponds built over a natural salt lake that formed through infiltration of water from the sea, since the base of the crater is below the sea level, thus forming the lowest point in Cape Verde. The salt extraction is currently inactive since the 1990s.[citation needed]

Baía da Parda lies to the south. Other landmarks includes a chapel and Farol de Pedra de Lume located 1 km northeast.

View of the port, the center of Pedra de Luma and the area's south, on the middle right is the view of Espargos and Monte Curral and further southwest Monte Leão


Cape Verde's first salt mine was created in 1799. Cape Verde's first tunnel would be constructed in 1804, and it was the only tunnel in Cape Verde until 2008 when the Pombas and Ponta do Tumba tunnels on Estrada de Corda in eastern Santo Antão would be constructed. Pedra de Lume was the island's first settlement, founded in around 1800; it was the last major island of Cape Verde to become inhabited. Salt production was very active in most of the 19th century, with most of it being exported to Brazil until Cape Verde's nationalization in 1887. Most salt produced there in the 20th century was exported to France (company: Les Salines du Cap-Vert which was part of Salins du Midi) Salt would be carried on suspended cableways. Exports rose in the 1930s, but its production later fell and ceased continuation in 1999. Fishing later became its chief industry, and tourism is now soaring. Pedra de Lume saltworks was listed to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, but never became one and it remains in the tentative list.[4]

In 2010, construction began on a hotel and a touristic complex, its plans were made in the mid-2000s together with a golf course, the first in Cape Verde.[5]


The only football (soccer) club in Pedra de Lume is SC Verdun which plays in the Sal Regional Premier Division.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b José Joaquim Lopes de Lima, Francisco Maria Bordalo (1844). Ensaios sobre a statistica das possessões portuguezas na Africa occidental e oriental; na Asia occidental; na China, e na Oceania: escriptos de Ordem do Governo de sua Magestade Fidelissima a Senhora D. Maria II por José Joaquim Lopes de Lima ... Imprensa Nacional. p. 182. [...] e ha nellas egualmente muito sal, quer nas salinas naturaes da Ilha do Maio, ni de Pedra do Lume da Ilhn do Sal, o nas do Norte da Boa Vista, quer nas palinas artificiaes que ha nas mesmas Ilhas, a producção das quaes ao todo se calcula em 16 a 18$ moios, correspondentes a 48, e 54 mil da medida de Lisboa. 
  3. ^ "Protected Areas in Cape Verde" (in Portuguese). 
  4. ^ "Pedra de Luma Saltworks in Cape Verde's Tentative List" (in French). 
  5. ^ "Pedra de Luma" (in Portuguese). 11 February 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • André Barbe, Pierre de Feu (Pedra de Lume) – Île de Sal et les Salins du Midi (1920-1999), Les îles du Cap-Vert, de la découverte à nos jours, une introduction : de l'entrepôt des esclaves à la nation créole, L'Harmattan, Paris, 2003, p. 220-221 ISBN 2-7475-3730-7
  • Auguste Chevalier, Léonce Joleaud et Georges Petit, Les Dépôts quaternaires de l'ancien cratère de Pedra de Lume (île de Sal, archipel du Cap-Vert) (Quaternary Depots of the Old Crater of Pedra de Lume), extract of Comptes-rendus des séances de l'Académie des sciences, vol. 200, 1935, p. 1334-1336 (8 April 1935), Gauthier-Villars, Paris, p. 3
  • S. Master, The salina of Pedra da Lume, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde Islands (and a comparison with the Pretoria saltpan), in Geobulletin, 1993, vol. 36, no. 3-4, p. 31-33
  • L.C. Silva, A. Serralheiro, P.C. Torres and M.H. Mendes, Phreatic/phreatomagmatic structures in the Cape Verde Islands: the Salina de Pedra Lume (Sal Island) example, in Journal African Earth Sciences 30 (4A), 81, 2000

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