Geography

The island has about 55km of clear sand and turquoise waters and it’s the closest island to the African continent.  The search of this island is motivated by the great moments of leisure in the warm and fascinating sea, and of course by the climate which is warm all year round. The ‘Deserto de Viana’, the fishing village of ‘Spinguera’ and the beaches of Santa Monica and Ervatao must not be missed.

Water Areas

The sea waves and the vast beaches of the archipelago Cape Verde allow for the practise of bodyboard and windsurfing. Line-fishing and deep-sea fishing are also excellent alternatives, and Cape Verde offers very good products for the lovers of this sport. The sea offers abundant maritime fauna and clear and pure waters. Diving is also very much appreciated due to the cleanness and the mild temperature in the sea.

Mountains

Trekking has gained new adepts lately and, in fact, treks have been identified for this type of activity. The impressive mountains and deep valleys invite people to long walks.

Transport

There is an international airport. Please read the chapter ‘Flights’. Check the lowest rates of direct flights from Belgium and Germany:

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Lodging

It’s absolutely vital to book accommodation before traveling to Boa Vista.

 

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Sports

The warm trade winds provide an environment for the practice of sports in and out of the ocean. The sea waves and the vast beaches of the archipelago Cape Verde allow for the practise of bodyboard and windsurfing. Line-fishing and deep-sea fishing are also excellent alternatives, and Cape Verde offers very good products for the lovers of this sport. The sea offers abundant maritime fauna and clear and pure waters. Diving is also very much appreciated due to the cleanness and the mild temperature in the sea. Boa Vista offers a great alternative for the practise of nautical sports. Scuba diving is a very popular activity for tourists because of the crystal clear waters and the rich maritime fauna, and the great number of ships that sank in the past centuries, along shore. Line-fishing and deep-sea fishing, kite,surf and windsurfing are also among the favourite sports. Some Clubs provide scuba diving and windsurfing instruction for beginners, with private instructors and equipment. Beach volleyball is played in some beaches. Long ecological walks and cycling are also recommended, but the visitor should be prepared to face long distances, and therefore it is recommended that water and snacks, as well as sunscreen lotion be always brought with the person. Horseback riding is usually included in the local religious feasts. Trekking has gained new adepts lately and, in fact, treks have been identified for this type of activity. The impressive mountains and deep valleys invite people to long walks.

Nightlife

Boa Vista nightlife tends to revolve around hotel entertainment.  You can listen to live music in a few restaurants and bars in the island’s capital, Sal Rei.

Cuisine

Fish and shellfish (lobster) are a mainstay of the traditional cuisine of Boa Vista.  Dried mackerel in the oven is the welcome dish for the visitors, and the tasty goat cheese is also very famous.  It’s not always easy to eat in Sal Rei an Rabil.

Economy

The industry of tourism is developing, but the tourist and road infrastructures available aren’t still sufficient to allow the island to exploit its immense natural richness.  Boa Vista has one of the lowest population densities in the country, with only 5000 inhabitants.

The islet of Sal Rei

Opposite of the village of Sal Rei, the remains of the ancient Duque de Bragança Fort can be seen.  You may go by boat of swimming.  The sea is not over 1,5m in depth.

Roque Church

The church is located in the village of Rabil, ancient capital, and it’s the oldest church of the island, built in the year 1801.

Ceramic factory

It’s located in the village of Rabil.  African technology is still used in making the handicraft products.  There is a handicraft center for the youth.

Santo António chappel

It’s located in Povoação Velha, where the first settlement of the island took place.

Morro Negro lighthouse and Ponta do Sol Lighthouse

They’re located in Rotchona and offer to the visitors a breathtaking panorama of the Atlantic Ocean.