Island of Brava

Brava is the smallest inhabited island of the Cape Verde archipelago, which is situated in the central Atlantic Ocean, 570 kilometres west of the African coast. Brava is a stratovolcano (one built up of layers of hardened lava) of a mere 67 square kilometres. Brava is very mountainous, its ranges being separated by deep and abrupt valleys. It also has a rugged coast with many bays. Brava has the highest rainfall of all the Cape Verde islands and is known as ilha das flores, the ‘island of flowers’. ‘Brava’ is the Portuguese name for ‘wild’, but the origin of Brava’s name is uncertain: perhaps it refers to its rugged terrain.

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