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
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,143
Postal code 1120

Ponta do Sol is the northernmost town 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. It is the northern terminus of the Ribeira Grande-Ponta do Sol Road. It has a tiny fishing port named Boca de Pistola, up to the late 20th century, it was the only point for markets, until the creation of the port in Porto Novo, it was used as a ferry port, the port was difficult to access.

Center of Ponta do Sol with its decorated street
The fishing port of Ponta do Sol

Subdivisions[edit]

Ponta do Sol has thirteen neighbourhoods including:

  • Banco de Areia
  • Casinhas
  • Cavouquinho das Tintas
  • Chã de Cemitério
  • Chã de Ponta do Sol
  • Cor-rosa
  • Manuel Juelho
  • Lombinho
  • Lombo da Cruz
  • Lombo de Paço
  • Os Órgãos - south, mountainous area
  • Ponta do Sol - Centre and the Old Airport
  • Ribeira da Ponta do Sol

Name of the inhabitants[edit]

Unlike the city in Madeira which their inhabitants are called "pontassolense", its inhabitants of the town in Santo Antão are called "solpontense".

About the town[edit]

The point (see Ponta do Sol (Santo Antão promontory)) is located northwest of town and is 300 meters long, the northernmost point of Cape Verde extending up to the former Agostinho Neto Airport which was fully shut in March 2007. Also in that location on a rock facing the sea is a diver statue.

The settlement along with Fontainhas were likely the first founded in 1584 and its first inhabitants came from Ponta do Sol in the Madeira Islands and later gave the name to the settlement of the settlers's origin. From the 1880s, when Maria Pia became queen up to around the 1950s, it was called Vila de María Pia, named after Maria Pia of Savoy, queen of Portugal. The older part of town features buildings made built in the 19th century with colonial architecture, its church is Nossa Senhora do Livramento built in the 18th century.

Also in the town is a former Jewish cemetery.

Its main industry are fishing and recently tourism. Beaches includes Aranhas and Motche[2]

The town also has a lighthouse[3] built around the mid 20th century. As that lighthouse near Janela is no longer active, it is one of the two active on the island.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1990 (Census) 1,505
2000 (Census) around 2,000
4,029[4]
2010 (Census)[5] 2,143

Notable people[edit]

Sports[edit]

The only football (soccer) team is Solpontense. It has the stadium named João Serra which is south of the center uphill, it also serves as the headquarters of the Santo Antão North Regional Football Association.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ García, Jesús (2009). El mundo a tu aire: Cabo Verde. Madrid: Gaesa. p. 203. ISBN 978-84-8023-685-0. 
  3. ^ "Lighthouses of Cape Verde". 18 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Including the area around town
  5. ^ "2010 Census results Santo Antão". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 23 March 2014.