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Aldeia Manga Eco Lodge

Aldeia Manga Eco Lodge

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A hidden gem in the middle of nature

Aldeia Manga is the first real Eco Lodge of the Cape Verde Islands. Our houses are constructed using ecological and recyclable materials: adobe, stones, wood and straw.
 Aldeia Manga awaits you with a garden spread out over 7,000 m², featuring bananas, guavas, papaya, mangos, bamboo and all manners of flowers and other plants.

Our swimming pond was cleared by hand and our water preparation process is conducted entirely without chemicals, 100 % ecological.

Imagine walking across the sugar cane and banana plants through the greenest valley of the Cape Verde Islands, with high mountains surrounding and the blue sea at the lower end of the valley.

Aldeia Manga is in the centre of the Paúl Valley in a small village of just 50 inhabitants. The ride first heads through Passagem, a small park, and from there via a small unpaved road one kilometre to Lombo Comprido. There you’ll find Aldeia Manga.

You’ll find these experiences, plus many more at Aldeia Manga Eco Lodge!


The Garden

Aldeia Manga awaits you with a garden spread out over 7,000 m², featuring bananas, guavas, papaya, mangos, bamboo and all manners of flowers and other plants.

There are shady spots with tables and chairs below the large mango trees, inviting you to linger and relax after your hiking adventures. There’s also a hammock for those who prefer to sway in the breeze. The hooks and hammocks are stowed in each bungalow. These are a wonderful way to while away the hot summer days, since there’s always a slight breeze under the trees.

Sunbathing fans can make themselves comfortable on the large, natural grass lawns. There are plenty of options for sitting or lounging, a favourite pastime during the cooler winter months in particular.

Guests with a rental car can bring their vehicle to the upper part of the grounds on a private car park.

The covered Terrace

Our guests are treated to culinary treats while at Aldeia Manga. Our covered terrace, designed in the style of the Canary Islands, features a grill and is the site of breakfast and dinner. Up to 18 persons can be served here.

The grill can be fired up from noon to the afternoon. We can also arrange for fresh fish; simply request it one day in advance.

Soft drinks are kept in a large refrigerator. Those so inclined can try wines from the Cape Verde Islands, as well as rum and liquors produced in the Paúl Valley.
Other typical products from the region, such as baskets woven from banana tree bark and hats, can be viewed in a display case and are available for purchase.

From this cosy spot you can also check your emails, surf the internet or make a Skype call. We offer free WIFI. Due to the small bandwith, we kindly ask you to avoid software-downloads, watching videos and video conferences.

The food

We can’t offer you a separate restaurant at Aldeia Manga, but we can provide a bountiful breakfast, including homemade marmalades, fruits from our garden as well as bananas and papayas, accompanied by rolls, eggs, cheese and tomatoes.

We offer small and large picnic packages for guests who want to bring provisions along on their tours. Ask at the reception desk what is possible.
You can look forward to a rich buffet in the evenings, whenever possible featuring foodstuffs from our own production, the Paúl Valley and the fishers from Vila das Pombas. Our motto is: the closer the better. Ultimately we’re living here with and from nature. So our table is graced primarily by fish, grains and vegetables.

We have plenty of options for vegetarians as well, but please just let us know in advance so that we can prepare the buffet accordingly.

The Swimming Pond

After an extended hike or a longer stroll, there are few things better than a dunk in our swimming pond. It was cleared by hand, has a surface of aprox. 100 m² (15 meters long, 7.5 meters wide) and up to 2.5 meters deep. A non-toxic rubber foil serves as the bottom liner.

Our water preparation process is conducted entirely without chemicals. We instead purify the water naturally using UV-C light and a sponge filter. The immersion pump does have to run around the clock, but is inaudible. This technique allows us to use the valuable moisture for watering plants.

Algae on the side walls, small fishes and the occasional frog who finds our pond a lovely place to abide only add to the atmosphere. The water is nearly crystal clear and invites guests to come relax. An underwater bench provides a handy place to sit and read while having a soak, although there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had from simply looking out at the mountains and ocean. The pond is also big enough to allow for a few laps. There’s a staircase to make it easier to get in and out of the water, although the algae can make it a bit slippery. Please remember to be cautious. We’ve got something for those who enjoy an outdoor shower as well: we’ve installed an outdoor shower directly next to the pond.

The Energy

We in Aldeia Manga make a concerted effort to use primarily natural resources. This naturally also applies to our energy supply. 60 percent of our power needs are met through solar energy. This ensures that our stores of foodstuffs will remain safely cool and unspoilt even in the event of a power loss.

We have solar cells on several places of the lodge with a total power of 5kW.
An intelligent inverter selects automatically between our energy sources. If the solar energy isn’t enough to meet our needs, then the system draws from the public power grid. If all two options fail, then our battery bank offers sufficient reserves. The batteries also work overnight, consuming any surplus generated energy from the day without drawing off the emergency reserves.

Animals, Insects & Co

We at Aldeia Manga are living in the middle of nature. A tremendous variety of plants grow here. There are also insects and spiders — the Paúl Valley alone is home to 160 species of spider.

Some of the animals also occasionally find their way into the bungalows and houses. This is an inescapable part of living amid unspoilt nature. But there’s no need for fear: none of the ants, spiders or geckos are a threat to people. They’re actually beneficial, since they eat flies and mosquitoes.

The Houses

There are plenty of options for you at Aldeia Manga, from five adobe bungalows to two large stone houses with a kitchen. Because the houses are spread out around the property and all have their own outdoor seating areas, you’ll have plenty of privacy.

All units are equipped with their own bathroom, wash basin and shower (warm water). There are clotheslines to dry your laundry.

The bungalows are built of clay originating from our property and processed into adobe bricks. The plaster both inside and out is a limesand mix, while the roof is composed of wood from the Ivory Coast and sugarcane straw from the region.

Since there are actually few mosquitoes here, and those primarily during the rainy season, we have consciously decided to forgo mosquito netting on the houses. Anyone who reacts strongly to mosquito bites should be sure to bring along natural insect protection cremes or oils for trips during the rainy period (August – October).

The one bug to be avoided is the large centipede — the ‘bite’ of the centipede is quite painful, similar to a bee sting. You’re unlikely to encounter a centipede here though, and even if you do, just keep calm. These animal only attack in self-defence. They’re much more likely to just run away if they encounter humans.


Our large holiday house (approx. 55 square meters) is known as Casa Goiava, the Guava House – this is our largest house.
Positioned on the upper part of our property, the elevated vantage provides remarkable panorama views over the mountains and ocean as well as the large Aldeia Manga garden.

The house is divided into a lounge with kitchen, a roomy bedroom with a double bed and a bathroom with tub and warm water. This latter room can be reached through two separate entrances, to the bedroom and lounge respectively.

There’s also a second double bed in the lounge, meaning the house can comfortably hold up to four occupants. An extra single bed can be arranged to accommodate a fifth person.
You can make yourself comfortable in the four seats with table or on two sunbeds in the courtyard and enjoy the panoramic views of the valley and mountains.


Our second large holiday house in Aldeia Manga, with an total area of aprox 50 sqm, built of stone, with a small kitchen, and a large exterior private seating area with two sunbeds, table and three chairs, perfect to chill with the choice of sunny of shadow places in total privacy.

This house can host up to three people, with a big double bed (2,00m x 1,5m) on the first floor with stunning panoramic views into the valley and the garden. The house also as a second (single) bed (1,90m x 1,00m) downstairs.
The bathroom is also located downstairs and has a large shower cabin (1,80m x 0,90m).


We’ve dubbed this bungalow as Casa Nespera, or Medlar House, in honour of the medlar tree directly next to its entrance.

It’s a bit below the swimming pond and is surrounded by banana trees. A mango tree grows in the side yard, offering plenty of shade. One widow looks out over the mango trees toward the mountains.
The second window looks out on the side courtyard.

The Casa Nespera is furnished simply but functionally: the bathroom includes toilet, shower and wash basin (all with warm water).
The large double bed measures 2 x 1.5 m.

CASA MANGA (23 m²)

The mango trees are responsible for more than just the name of the Casa Manga (Mango House). They also provide the shade that keeps the bungalow lovely and pleasant.

The rear courtyard is laid out to provide a direct view of the mountains. This same view can be had from one of the bungalow windows.
The other window looks out directly toward the mango trees.
The Casa Manga has its own bathroom with warm water shower, wash basin and toilet.

The two twin beds (1.9 x 1.0 m each) ensure a pleasant sleep. These were produced right on the property and can be pushed together with no gap between them for cuddle-filled nights.


The Casa Maracuja adobe bungalow (Passion Fruit House) has its own bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin (with warm water).

Four persons can sleep in this house. There are two twin beds (1.9 x 1.0 m) made right on the property and which can be pushed together with no gap between them, as well as a two-meter bunk bed (2.0 x 1.5 m).

The bunks, which are right next to a separate window, are perfect for children and adolescents. That said, they’re plenty large enough for adults to sleep comfortably. There are three windows in the Casa Maracuja: One looks out over the sugarcane fields toward the mountains, a second faces the garden and the third is high up by the bunk bed and provides ventilation.

CASA CAFÉ (23 m²)

There’s also a flourishing coffee tree on our property. In its immediate vicinity is the clay Casa Café bungalow (Coffee House).

It offers two windows looking out over the mango trees toward the mountains and garden and two doors, one of which leads to the rear courtyard and its mango tree giving shade and space for a hammock.

Two twin beds stand ready for the night-time hours. These are produced on the property and measure 1.9 x 1.0 m each. They have a neat feature: if desired, the beds can be pushed together with no gap between them. There’s a separate bathroom to freshen up, including a toilet, wash basin and shower (with warmwater).


The Casa Banana adobe bungalow (Banana House) has its own bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin (with warm water).

Four persons can sleep in this house. There are two beds: One double bed (2.0 x 1.5 m) as well as a two-meter high bunk bed (2.0 x 1.5 m).

The bunk bed, which is right next to a separate window, is perfect for children and adolescents. That said, it´s plenty large enough for adults to sleep comfortably. There are three windows in the Casa Banana: One looks out over the sugarcane fields toward the mountains, a second faces the garden and the third is high up by the bunk bed and provides ventilation.

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