The Island of Santa Luzia

Cape Verde’s smallest island is nestled between Sao Vincente and Sao Nicolau in the westward islands. Due to its lack of water sources no settlers have remained on the island for long, however it remains a welcome stop for local fishermen. Folklore has it-the only inhabitant on Santa Luzia is a lone wandering shepherd which can be heard tending to his flock, although this is yet to be proved!

Although the island itself does not welcome settlement, a charter boat can bring visitors to the island from the port Calhau on Sao Vincente. This usually brings keen spotters of native birds and reptiles which can sometimes be found along with a large variety of sub-aquatic species in its coastal waters.

Development on the island has always been very unlikely and now, with its status as a nature reserve, it would seem that this lost island is to be visited for its natural beauty alone.