Ribeira do Paul

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Ribeira do Paul
Country Cape Verde
Basin features
Main source Cabo da Ribeira near
Pico da Cruz
Santo Antão
River mouth Atlantic Ocean
17°09′00″N 25°00′47″W / 17.150°N 25.013°W / 17.150; -25.013Coordinates: 17°09′00″N 25°00′47″W / 17.150°N 25.013°W / 17.150; -25.013
Physical characteristics
Length 8 km (5.0 mi)

Ribeira do Paul is a stream that flows in the northeastern part of the island of Santo Antão in Cape Verde. The stream flows from southwest to northeast and is nearly 8 km in height. The entire valley belongs to Cova-Ribeira da Torre-Paul Natural Park.[1]

View of the Paul Valley and its stream
The view of the valley of Paul

It is the area that the Capeverdean drink grogue is the most popular on the Island of Sãnto Antao.[2]


The stream begins northwest of the mountain top and the caldera (Cabo da Ribeira) of Pico da Cruz (1583 m). The river flows through a narrow steep gorge, some of which has been terraced and is irrigated to support agricultural production including sugar canes, coffees, banana and mandioka. The river flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the town of Pombas. Other settlements along the river include Eito de Baixo and Eito. Other features along the river including Chã de Canela, Lombo Comprido, Dragoeiro, Chã de Erva, Lombo de Joana, Lombinho, Chã de João Vaz, Chã de Padre, Ladeira and Chãzinha.


Endangered flora includes Tornabenea insularis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cabo Verde visor
  2. ^ Batucar grogue com o génio das garrafas" em Santo Antão, Diário de Notícias, 7 December 2008 (Portuguese)

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