Ribeira Grande, Cape Verde

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Ribeira Grande
Street in Ribeira Grande
Street in Ribeira Grande
Ribeira Grande is located in Cape Verde
Ribeira Grande
Ribeira Grande
Coordinates: 17°10′59″N 25°03′54″W / 17.183°N 25.065°W / 17.183; -25.065Coordinates: 17°10′59″N 25°03′54″W / 17.183°N 25.065°W / 17.183; -25.065
Country Cape Verde
Island Santo Antão
Municipality Ribeira Grande
Civil parish Nossa Senhora do Rosário
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,564

Ribeira Grande is the largest town of the Ribeira Grande Municipality on the island of Santo Antão, Cape Verde. It is situated near the outflow of the river Ribeira Grande into the Atlantic Ocean, in the northeastern part of the island. Neighborhoods include Tarrafal de Ribeira Grande and Penha de França.[2] Ribeira Grande serves as an intersection with roads connecting to Ponta do Sol, to the caldera near Pico da Cruz and Fontainhas with the north of the land and Paúl and Porto Novo along with the rest of the island which opened in around 2006.

Cove of Ribeira Grande in the mid 19th century

The settlement was founded around the mid 17th century by people from the islands of Santiago and Fogo and some people from northern Portugal. The settlement was elevated to a town in 1732.

Its earlier buildings are built with Portuguese colonial architecture. The church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário is the parish church.

Notable people includes chemist Roberto Duarte Silva, poet Manuel de Novas, and José Luís de Jesus, former foreign minister and president of ITLOS (International Tribune of the Law of the Sea).


Year Population
1990 2,550
2005 2,950
2010 2,564[3]


Sporting clubs, largely football (soccer) include Beira Mar and Rosariense Clube, the other serves the whole parish.


  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nótula sobre Aspectos Recentes e Actuais da Erosão Fluvial na Ilha de Santo Antão" [Notes on Recent Aspects and River Erosion in the Island Today] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Finisterra - University of Lisbon. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census results" (in Portuguese). Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde. Retrieved 17 March 2014.