Welcome to Paúl
Thousands of people live in villages and hamlets that dot this idyllic valley, known for its lush and fertile land. Flowers and fruit trees are everywhere – from breadfruit to bananas and bougainvilleas – as are sugarcane fields; Paúl is famed for its potent grogue. A scenic country road leads from Vila das Pombas up the valley, passing the villages of Eito, Passagem, Lombinho, Chã João Vaz and Cabo de Ribeira, where the road ends. A steep cobblestone footpath leads from Cabo de Ribeira to Cova, an extinct volcanic crater, whose floor is a patchwork of farms and lush greenery.