Pensão Bela Sombra


São Nicolau

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Located in the heart of Ribeira Brava in the centre of the island, Pensão Bela Sombra is a strikingly bright property, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.


What we love

  • You can explore São Nicolau from your doorstep, heading deep into the valley within a 15-minute walk.


Good to know

  • This is a good value, simple property where English speaking may be limited as well as reception opening hours. 
  • São Nicolau’s landscape is very diverse, varying from one side of the island to the other. Make sure you don’t miss Carberinho, Monte Gordo and the Valley of Ribeira Prata.  
  • We offer a panoramic transfer tour as standard on all package holidays that include São Nicolau. This is an approximate three-hour tour around the island, ensuring you get a chance to witness the natural beauty and highlights.


Colour and culture in São Nicolau

A strikingly bright property that perfectly encapsulates the vibrancy of Cape Verde, Pensão Bela Sombra sits in the heart of Ribeira Brava, right in the centre of the island of São Nicolau. Such is the convenience of Bela Sombra’s location, guests will find themselves on the doorstep of both the island’s intriguing capital and the stunning mountainous landscapes that make São Nicolau so breathtakingly beautiful.

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The property itself can be found along one of the town’s narrow winding streets, standing out due to its bright pink and purple façade. The vibrant colours provide a theme throughout the hotel, with the 20 simple but well-presented guest rooms offering a comfortable base for your stay. Views from the top floor balcony are superb, presenting the lush green mountains and the promise of adventure!

Exploring the stunning nature

The mountains will present a mainstay of your time at Bela Sombre, and with some great walking routes and guided walking tours on offer, you’ll find that Bela Sombra is ideal for getting out to explore the island. In the evenings, guests will be drawn to the superb Cape Verdean cuisine on offer when eating out in the small town. 

Travelling to São Nicolau

Your international flights are direct to Sal, then internal flights to/from São Nicolau.

São Nicolau is best experienced as part of a multi-centre island hopping holiday around the archipelago with a stay of two or three nights. We can tailor-make an itinerary that includes a stay on São Nicolau . Visit our Island Hopping Holiday Ideas, or call one of our experts about a tailor-made itinerary.

Official local hotel rating: 3 star

Our Expert Opinion

“I loved the charm of the main square in Ribeira Brava, and Bela Sombre is just a 50m stroll from here. It’s a great base to explore this stunning island from.”

- Paul Kenny, Commercial Manager


What's included in your booking 

  • 20kg luggage allowance 
  • Return inter-island flights from Sal provided by Cabo Verde Airlines
  • Private panoramic transfer tour
  • Access to UK airport lounge
  • Airport Security Tax (TSA)
  • Experienced and reliable resort team on hand to help 
  • Digital Cape Verde destination guide 

Hotel Facilities

  • Laundry service (payable locally)
  • Wi-Fi
  • 20 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Double or twin beds
  • Shower room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Television
  • Telephone
  • Small fridge
  • Balcony


  • Beach: Tarrafal Beach is a 20-minute drive
  • Restaurants: On-site. Two-minute walk to center of town
  • Main Town: Ribeira Brava 
  • Hiking: Possible from the hotel
  • Airport: São Nicolau, five minutes by taxi transfer

Travelling Between the Islands

Internal flights are provided by Cape Verde Airlines. It should be noted that internal flights can and do change schedules and flights are sometimes cancelled, delayed or even early!

Travelling time between Sal and São Nicolau is via Santiago and approximately 85 minutes' flying time.

Rooms at Pensão Bela Sombra

Double Silver Room with Balcony

From £1,009pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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About the Local Area

São Nicolau is an island that is in its infancy as far as tourism is concerned, this is a stunning and unspoilt island with spectacular scenery. The tranquil atmosphere draws holiday-makers, providing a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Enjoy a slow-paced holiday within nature, verdant hills and soak up the island's capital - Ribeira Brava - a colourful colonial town.

São Nicolau is best visited as part of an island hopping holiday and is easily reached via a short internal flight.



This incredible landscape is well worth a visit and can be best enjoyed by through a walking experience, or you can even visit the valley by vehicle. During the tour, you will also visit a stop at Carbeirinho, an area of spectacular rock formations that are sure to wow those who visit. 


Walking in this natural park that surrounds the highest point - Monte Gordo - will be a highlight for any trekking enthusiast. The peak is 1,312m and is home to many endemic plants. Enjoy the many trails to explore and stunning views.


Many tourists head here in search of the island's most famous tree, an impressive cluster of ancient dragon trees, a natural inhabitant that is recognised as the main symbol of the island.