Santa Bárbara, Cape Verde
|Civil parish||São João Baptista|
|Elevation||30 m (100 ft)|
Santa Bárbara (Portuguese meaning Saint Barbara) is a village in the northeastern part of the island of Brava, Cape Verde which sits above the Atlantic. It is about 1 kilometer to the east of the island capital of Nova Sintra, southeast is the small village of Vinagre. Santa Bárbara can be reached by "Aluguer" busses.
In former times, Santa Bárbara was famous for a mineral spring called Fonte do Vinagre in the southeast of the village. The water had an acid taste and was used for medical purposes and for the irrigation of the fields. This was the only spring of water in the vicinity. A pool and a bathhouse which were built in the 19th century can still be seen. The spring ran dry at the beginning of the 21st century.
Santa Bárbara offers panoramic views, not just the east and northeast of the island but nearby Fogo to the east. A few eruptions were seen from that island with the last one in 2014, its views were always partly blocked as the last few eruptions took place on the other side of the caldera. The islets of Ilhéus Secos can rarely be seen, just the eastern part.
- Susanne Lipps, Oliver Breda: Reiseatlas Kapverdische Inseln, Dumont, Ostfildern 2005, p. 153–156, ISBN 3-7701-5968-3
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