Ponta do Sol, Cape Verde

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Ponta do Sol
Settlement
View of Ponta do Sol
View of Ponta do Sol
Ponta do Sol is located in Cape Verde
Ponta do Sol
Ponta do Sol
Coordinates: 17°12′07″N 25°05′35″W / 17.202°N 25.093°W / 17.202; -25.093Coordinates: 17°12′07″N 25°05′35″W / 17.202°N 25.093°W / 17.202; -25.093
Country Cape Verde
Island Santo Antão
Municipality Ribeira Grande
Civil parish Nossa Senhora do Livramento
Elevation 49 m (161 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,143
Postal code 1120

Ponta do Sol (formerly: Vila Dona Maria Pia) is the northernmost city[2] on the island of Santo Antão and Cape Verde. It is situated on the coast, 4 km northwest of Ribeira Grande and 20 km north of the island capital Porto Novo. It is the seat of Ribeira Grande municipality.

Center of Ponta do Sol
The fishing port of Ponta do Sol

Ponta do Sol is divided into the neighbourhoods Casinhas, Cavouquinho das Tintas, Chã de Cemitério, Chã de Ponta do Sol, Lombinho, Lombo da Cruz, Lombo de Paço, Os Órgãos, Ponta do Sol and Ribeira da Ponta do Sol.

Ponta do Sol takes its name from the nearby headland Ponta do Sol, the northernmost point of Cape Verde. The former name Vila Dona María Pia refers to Maria Pia of Savoy, queen of Portugal between 1862 and 1889. Urban development of Ponta do Sol started in the 1880s; before, it was a small fishing village.[3]:25 The church Nossa Senhora do Livramento was built in 1894.[3]:37-38 There is a Jewish cemetery in the town.[3]:52-53

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1990 (Census)[4] 1,505
2010 (Census)[1] 2,143

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