On the beach cottages in a quiet village. On the west side of Santo AntÃ£o lies the peaceful, sleepy village of Tarrafal, home to Mar Tranquilade. This green oasis is watered by mountain springs, and the long, pristine, black sand beach surrounds a bay rich in sea life. The roomy stone cottages with thatched roofs, showers and toilets, lie directly on the beach, surrounded by an acacia grove. Interspersed with shady gardens, the terraces and balconies offer beautiful views and cozy, private corners for relaxing. There are a few small shops and bars in the village. The high mountains shelter the village from strong winds, providing an especially comfortable microclimate.