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Rui Vaz

Island: Santiagomarker
Municipality: N/A

Distance from the island capital: N/A


about 500 m

Rui Vaz is a village situated at the center of Santiago Island in Cape Verdemarker. Due to its altitude (1km) its climate is pleasant compared to the rest of the country. Like many other villages in Cape Verde, the decentralisation of the government has made possible the appearance of many infrastructures, including the motel "Quinta da Montanha", where one can enjoy a traditional meal and peaceful rest. The Capeverdean musician Silva Rosa is from Rui Vaz.

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The area around Principal are very rocky, bushy and grassy. Rocky mountains surround the town and is filled with traces of trees. Farmlands are in the valley areas particularly within the village. The farm size is very small and they are the size of the farm is only the equivalent to almost the basketball or a volleyball field.


A part of the houses were built in the late-20th century, many homes are built with mud and brick as well as stone. The living standards are in the middle range as well as its income, one time, there were no money until the mid-20th century. The village is near the island's low to middle class. A part of the population are farmers and are based in agriculture where banana plantations, pineapple, livestock and other crops including fruits and vegetables are common, the rest works in shops, ports and other businesses. Electricity as well as communications, other necessities and phone lines were introduced and serves many houses since the late-20th century.


Rui Vaz has a school, a church and a square (praça or prasa). Its nearest middle and secondary schools is in Pico.

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