A challenging road from Vila do Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande
Driving from Vila do Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande in the island of Santo Antão, in Cape Verde, is a very challenging experience.
Is the road from Vila do Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande challenging?
Tucked away on the westernmost and largest of the Barlavento islands of Cape Verde, the road from Vila do Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande is very challenging, with hundreds of turns and 50 hairpin turns. It is very steep, hitting a 14% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. It tops out at 1.447m (4,747ft) above the sea level. The road is paved, with asphalt and cobblestone sections. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 1.5 and 2 hours.
How long is the road from Vila do Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande?
The road is 34.8km (21.62 miles) long, running south-north from Vila do Porto Novo (the westernmost municipality in Cape Verde and all of Africa but not the mainland) to Ribeira Grande (a municipality on the island which covers one-third of the island and is home to two-thirds of the population).
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