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House In Authentic Fishermen Village Between Sea & Mountain

Bedrooms 4
Space 110 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A view of the sea and the mountains at 360 °

In the island of Santo Antao, the most beautiful island of Cape Verde, far from the major international resorts and tourist resorts a charming house for rent in a fishing village of 300 inhabitants. Completely renovated in the local style, simple but comfortable, the house is located in the heart of the village with sea views from the lounge, terrace and upstairs bedrooms. Just behind the house, kindergarten and in the distance the mountains that raise their sharp peaks towards the sky. In the morning, the door remained open room on the wide reach us singing roosters and laughter of schoolchildren. The exquisite smell of roasted coffee by the women of the village opens the appetite. It is a pleasure to have breakfast in the dining room open onto the patio before going swimming on a deserted beach. On return, the lounge offers a welcome coolness. One settles there comfortably to read unless to prefer the deckchairs of the terrace from where one looks for the return of the fishermen.

Unfortunately, there are still few traditional houses still inhabited in Santo Antao.

Our house has kept the typical plan of the small farms of the last century increased by a body of recent buildings.

The stay was previously the room where the whole family took shelter. The mezzanine was used to sleep children or store crops of corn and beans. Sometimes both.

The small room on the ground floor and the current bathroom were originally stables. They were connected to the living room by a quintal (sort of uncovered corridor).

At the exit of the quintal today covered, is a big stone which was originally used as a grain mill.

More Details

Serge et Odile Launay
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Ribeira Grande

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mezzanine
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - toilet , shower enclosure
    - shower enclosure
  • On the ground floor, the bathroom has a volcanic pebble floor, a hot shower and a water tank. The toilets are independent. Upstairs, in the large room a cold shower (but the water is never really cold in Cape Verde) and a sink. WC outside.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • - 1 double bed
    - 1 double bed
    Chambre 4 - 2 single bed
    - 1 double bed
  • 3 Double beds, 2 single beds. There are three bedrooms, all white. On the first floor two adjoining bedrooms open onto the terrace. One has a bed of 140 (bathroom included). The other two beds of 90. On the ground floor the bedroom with a bed of 140, has a built-in closet. A new room of 11 m2 has just been created in November 2016 on the roof terrace. It opens onto a balcony that overlooks the sea.
  • Balcony
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Terrace
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Ricardo, a young man from the village who speaks French can accompany you on hikes, arrange for you boat trips, fishing trips, visiting a sugar mill (grogue factory, local rum) or show you around the Gardens Mocho an hour walk or you can buy cheese, vegetables and seasonal fruits from local farmers (prices on request).


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House In Authentic Fishermen Village Between Sea & Mountain
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful house in great environment

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the stay a lot. The house is splendid, very beautiful, practical and authentic. All you wish for is there. No warm showers but a nice bathroom.

For our small kids, the stairs were not safe (risk of falling down) but we could all sleep downstairs so that wasn't a problem.

Very nice village at the end of the world. Good to feel the Cabo Verde life as many live it everyday. Our 2year old son loved the cows, chickens, goats and pigs in the village. The beach is close and the walk from Ponta del Sol back to Cruzinha is amazing and incredibly beautiful.

All basics available in the 4 small shops in the village, except fresh fruit or vegetables and luxury stuff. Take this from Ribeira Grande on your way in. Very friendly people.

Pascoal and Lucinda are very friendly and helpfull, good communication in french. Ask Lucinda to cook for you, she is a great cook.

We really loved it. Ciao.

  • Review Submitted: 28/12/2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this comment that speaks so well of our house and its environment. We are aware that the stairs are difficult for young children and we are considering the possibility to install a ramp without compromising the aesthetics of the whole
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The end of the world

  • 4 of 5

This is the end of the world. We arrived after a three hour alguir ride on a road that ranged from good to horrifying. During the first part it winds along a coast with mountains falling steep into the oceans, passing small villages set were it is possible to build houses. Halfway is Ribeira Grande, the nearest town, and then you start on an amazing beautiful valley with wild mountains, dotted with houses and sugar cane fields. In the middle of the valley, the alguir driver stopped and insisted that we should buy our necessities in a super market – we were told Cruzinha had no shops. The village in fact has a few shops, but they are very small and basic. We had locals knocking at our door many times to sell different food, but after two of them pushed on us 4 kg of frozen squid the first evening, we changed strategy and said no to most of it. Meat is hard to get, seafood easy. Lucinda, the caretakers` wife, made a couple of meals for us, and we had a delicious lobster dinner at the only restaurant, Sonafish, were the owner speaks German. A few guys in the village could speak English and helped us several times – you will get along much better with French. This is not a spot for big activities – linger around like the locals do and relax during the midday sun. We could sit for hours in the beautiful patio reading and writing. A 20 minutes walk from the village there is a very nice beach with black lava sand and a cave. During our visit the currents were big though, so we could not swim, just let them wash over us. The air temperature was fine, with plenty of the wind from the ocean making the air fresh. We saw no mosquitos. During daytime the flies could be a pain, but after dark they disappeared, so we made our dinners in the evenings. A highlight of the house is the division between the ground floor and the first floor with separate entrances and outside spots. This makes it possible with some privacy and we enjoyed it a lot, traveling as we did with three teenagers. One lowlight is that some of the door openings (without doors) are very low, making it impossible to avoid a few rock-hard meetings with our heads. The mattresses are not to soft either, and some of them a bit short (190 cm). The shower has no hot water, though this is not a big problem in the tropics. The water would not go through the pipe from the kitchen sink, and the caretaker did not succeed to fix it, so we had to do the dishwashing in a basin.

  • Review Submitted: 28/10/2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review as complete. Our house of the end of the world is indeed a traditional house where we wanted to keep two original doors, even if they are a bit low. About the problem of the kitchen sink, I contact the manager today to make it necessary.
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Un séjour inoubliable

  • 5 of 5

La maison était conforme à nos attentes : charmante, originale et confortable. C'est ce que nous recherchions : l'authenticité.

La vue est superbe et le dépaysement est parfait.

Comme les précédents commentaires, nous avons été enchantés par notre séjour dans ce village un peu hors du temps. Découvrir la vie locale fut pour nous d'une grande richesse.

Simplicité, émotions, rencontres, on n'oublie pas Cruzinha.

La gentillesse de Ricardo, Pascoal, Choco, les épiciers, les enfants qui nous vendent leurs pâtisseries à domicile tôt le matin et Joanna à Mocho, c'est inoubliable.

Rien d'en reparler, j'ai envie d'y repartir :-)

Un grand merci à Odile et Serge pour leurs précieux conseils.

  • Review Submitted: 15/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Hébergement très correct pour le Cap Vert, maison spacieuse

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine entière à Cruzinha, très enrichissante sur le plan humain. La maison, fonctionnelle et agréable, est située au milieu du village. C'est un bon point de chute pour découvrir la vie d'une petite bourgade capverdienne et les conditions d'existence de ces familles d'agriculteurs et de pêcheurs. Hôtes et voisins très chaleureux.

Paysages magnifiques, de belles balades à faire dans les environs. Comme dans les autres îles de l'archipel, il est difficile et cher de se déplacer pour randonner et faire ses courses.

  • Review Submitted: 03/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Magnifique: un autre monde au bout du monde!

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé 12 jours magnifiques dans ce petit village de pêcheurs. C'est vrai que la maison de Cruzinha est toute simple, mais fonctionnelle, et loin de tout, mais c'est ce qui fait son charme. En s'organisant: achats à Porto Novo et Ribeira Grande en arrivant, en allant acheter des tomates et papayes à 3/4 h de marche à Mocho , avec les produits des épiceries et en commandant quelques repas à Lucinda, on vit simplement mais bien.

Nous avons eu aussi des contacts chaleureux avec quelques habitants du village, notamment avec Pascoal et son épouse Lucinda, Ricardo qui nous a emmené en randonnée, avec Maria Helena l'enseignante du jardin d' avec les enfants souriants.

Nous avons fait de très belles randonnées dans des paysages extraordinaires et parfois hallucinants, soit au départ de Cruzinha, soit en prenant l'aluguer de 6.30. Nous avons également visité les écoles du village, assisté à l'arrivée des pêcheurs et aussi tout simplement avons pris le temps de poser nos sacs après 12 jours d'itinérance sur Santiago et Sao Vicente.

De beaux moments de découvertes inoubliables.

Pierre et Janine

  • Review Submitted: 29/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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A Cruzinha,on y retournera !

  • 5 of 5

La maison authentique et spacieuse tout en s'intégrant avec discrétion dans le village nous a permis de vivre a 6 adultes un séjour inoubliable.

A Cruzinha il y a tout ce dont nous avions besoin, nous avons pu vivre au rythme des Capdveriens, a leur côte avec des paysages a couper le souffle, des Hommes inoubliables . Les épiceries du village , le poisson frais au port et les fruits et légumes dans les villages voisins nous ont amplement suffit .

Un grand merci aux propriétaires de la maison , a Pascoal, Lucinda, Ricardo, Antonia, leur famille.


  • Review Submitted: 04/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
l'aéroport de Sao Vicente (VXE)
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Porto Novo
Nearest Beach
1000 Metres
boca de mocho
Car: not necessary


Ponta do Sol: 25 Km

Ribeira Grande: 20 Km

Sea: 0. 1 Km

Shops: 0. 05 Km

The house is located in a dead end where grow shrubs and flowering plants. It has a unique neighbor Ti-Paul, an old fisherman who was the gardener of the house until he lost sight. Many walks or hikes are possible. By paved road we reach Cha Igreja, village farmers or pushes sugarcane, citrus, banana. One can also take the path in fifteen minutes to the small beach of Boca de Mocho. It was there in the summer, the green turtles come to lay. One can also, depending on the season, admire a few miles, blue whales and humpback whales. It bathes it of course, especially in summer, as the beach of Ribeira Seca Cruzinha to walk half an hour. We can continue the way along the sea-to Ponta do Sol (11 km, 4 hours). A magical ride without much difficulty.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee AU$8.01 per person per night

Il n'y a pas de haute et basse saison, les prix sont constants toute l'année: Pour une à cinq personnes: une semaine, 450 euros; deux semaines, 800 euros; trois semaines, 1 100euros; quatre semaines, 1 400euros. Pour six à huit personnes: une semaine, 650euros; deux semaines, 1 000 euros; trois semaines, 1 300 euros, quatre semaines, 1 600euros. Le ménage de fin de séjour est compris dans le prix.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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