Tarrafal is a municipality located in the northern part of the island of Santiago in Sotavento in Cape Verde. The municipal population is around 18000, the area is 112.4 km² and the density is about 160/km². Tarrafal is located 75 km NNW of Cape Verde's capital, Praia.
Farmland surrounds the main town to the north and east and in the southern valley areas. The Serra da Malagueta mountain range lies to the south. Grassland and bushes covers most of the area, with a couple of forests in the mountain heights.
Salazar the Tarrafal Concentration Camp was built on the plain south of town ( Chão Bom) to contain opponents of the political regime.
Settlements [ edit ]
Every year Tarrafal invites everyone to celebrate the festival name ( Festa de Santo Amaro). The date is Janeiro 15.
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Parishes [ edit ]
The municipality includes only one parish:
Economy [ edit ]
The economy includes
businesses, agriculture, fishing, and tourism.
History [ edit ]
It was created in the beginning of the 20th century, when two northern parishes of the older Municipality of Santa Catarina were split off to become the Municipality of Tarrafal. In 1991, a southeastern parish of the Municipality was split off to become the Municipality of São Miguel.
Tarrafal has various sights to offer. There are an interessting town hall, a market hall and a comparatively large church, Saint Amaro Abade, in the market place.
Demography [ edit ]
Most of the population is
rural. The urban population is concentrated in the town of Tarrafal.
General view of the town and the bay
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Coordinates: 15°16′59″N 23°46′00″W / 15.28306°N 23.76667°W