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Trás os Montes

Island: Santiagomarker
Municipality: Tarrafalmarker

Distance from the island capital: about 100 km north-northwest of Praiamarker


Atlantic Oceanmarker
about 50 m
about 800 m

Trás os Montes is a village situated at the northern part of Santiago Island in Cape Verdemarker. It is part of the municipality of Tarrafalmarker. The village is linked with the road linking to the Tarrafal-Praiamarker and is east of Tarrafal and approximately 95 km north of Praia, the national capital.

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The area around Trãs os Montes are made up of farmlands around the villages with dry grass and barren soil elsewhere. Crops, groves and pastures covers the valley areas. The nearby mountain has one of the most angle and slopes on Cape Verde, its slopes is at 80° making it climbable only since there are no roads on the treacherous mountain.


Many houses were built in the late-20th century, many homes are built with mud and brick as well as stone which was common until the mid-20th century. The living standards are in the low range as well as its income, one time, there were no money until the mid-20th century. The village is in the island's low to middle. Much 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 including its ports, services and markets, the remainder are fishers. Electricity as well as communications, other necessities and phone lines were introduced and serves many houses since the mid-20th century and serves much of the population.


The panorama includes the mountains of the north of the island including Serra da Malaguetamarker, the eastern half by the coastline and the island of Maiomarker to the east with a few mountains.


Trãs os Montes has a churche, and a square (praça or prasa). Its nearest school, middle school and a secondary school are in nearby Tarrafal.

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