Estrada Vila do Porto Novo-Ribeira Grande is a spectacular high mountain drive running from Vila do Porto Novo and Ribeira Grande, two cities located in Santo Antão, or Sontonton in Cape Verdean Creole, the westernmost and largest of the Barlavento islands of Cape Verde.
This scary road is 34,5km long, climbing up several mountain passes (over 2,000m above the sea level) and including hundreds of turns and several hairpins. There is little room for error on this road. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. The expected time to drive this road is 75 minutes. It links Vila do Porto Novo, the westernmost municipality in Cape Verde and all of Africa but not the mainland and Ribeira Grande, a municipality on the island which covers one-third of the island and is home to two-thirds of the population. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. The surface of the road is asphalt with cobblestone sections.
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