|Municipality of Tarrafal|
|Name of inhabitants:||Tarrafalense m, ~s pl|
| National Municipal code|
Tarrafal is a municipality located in the northern part of the island of Santiago in Sotavento in Cape Verde. The municipal population is around 18000, the area is 112.4 km² and the density is about 160/km². Tarrafal is located 75 km NNW of Cape Verde's capital, Praia.
The town boasts a beautiful soft-sand and palm-tree lined beach in the shadow of Monte Gordo, a distinctive mountain just north of the settlement. It is a popular vacation and tourism spot for people on the island. It has sunset views of the island of Fogo, cabins to rent, and outdoor dining with the scenic mountain or seaside views.
The town of Tarrafal is the northern anchor of the road leading through Assomada to Praia (the Cape Verdean capital). There is also a small road that leads to the most northern point of the island of Santiago.
Farmland surrounds the town to the north and east and in the southern valley areas. The Serra da Malagueta mountain range lies to the south. Grassland and bushes covers most of the area, with a couple of forests in the mountain heights.
There are several other settlements in Cape Verde with the same name, notably Tarrafal on the island of Sao Nicolau; however, Tarrafal on the island of Santiago is the largest and most populous.
Tarrafal has a few schools or collegiates (colegio), a few lyceums (middle schools), a gymnasium (secondary schools), churches, beaches, ports, a post office and squares (praças).
|1990 (June 23, Census)||3,626||-||-|
|2000 (June 16, Census)||5,785||-||-|
|2005 (January 1, Computing)||6,463||-||460.18/km²|
|North: Atlantic Ocean|
|West: Atlantic Ocean||Tarrafal||East: Atlantic Ocean|
|South: Santa Catarina||Southeast: São Miguel|