About Boavista

Boavista island in Cape Vert



Oásis de Coqueiros e Tamareiras

Oásis de Coqueiros e Tamareiras

Like all the islands of Cape Verde, Boavista or the dune island is a volcanic island. The Portuguese Navigator Diogo Gomes discovered it in 1460. The name was given by the desperation of sailors in finding dry land after a protracted stay at sea. Is an island quite flat; with its highest point is the peak of the resort with just 380 meters. When it was discovered it was an island only for livestock but gradually was also gaining importance in fisheries, agriculture and the manufacture of brick and pottery.

Deserto de Viana

Deserto de Viana

It has a mild climate that ranges from 24º to 30º, it is summer all year round, the presence of natural salt marshes, beaches and paradisaical and along with the opening of the international airport has become one of the tourist islands of the archipelago. Discover the island of Boavista is like being in a desert like for example, the desert of “Viana”, full of dunes formed by sand carried by the winds from the Sahara desert, populated with small oasis of Palm trees, date palms and palm trees.

Piscina Natural "Olho D´Água"

Piscina Natural “Olho D´Água”

There are throughout his waterfront several coral reefs where you can scuba dive and do other water sports. It is advisable to visit the “Olho do Mar” that is a natural freshwater pool that lies in an area in which contrasts the blue of the water with the black volcanic rock. The largest town and capital of the island is the town of “Sal-Rei”. A charming quiet town, the style of those houses suffered a strong European influence, here one can practically walk anywhere. People in the village lead a very simple and stress less life, nearly everybody work at its small fishing port, fishing for lobster, tuna and red sea bass, red, those are the main sources of income on the island.

Right across the bay you can see a small islet with your strong named “Duque de Bragança” who was built by the Portuguese to the possible attacks from pirates. Known especially for its pottery factories, in the beach of “Chava” can still see part of a chimney in flagstones, an ancient ceramic factory which was completely covered by sand. Today the only pottery still operating at Boavista is in the village of “Rabil”.

Povoação de Rabil

Povoação de Rabil Créditos: Mercè Ortega

The beaches (about 25) are beautiful, fine sands and turquoise blue waters and very important for the spawning of sea turtles. So most considered as a protected zone. The best known and famous are the beaches of “Santa Monica”, “Cruz”, “Varandinha”, “Chave”, “Curral Velho”, “João Barrosa”, “Atalanta” or “Cabo Santa”. On these beaches as well as all activities that you can do in other islands even more interesting is the practice of Sand boarding in its enormous sand dunes and the observation of whales, dolphins, killer whales and turtles.

Praia do Estoril

Praia do Estoril

With approximately 18 kilometers of fine sand and turquoise blue water, known also for being isolated and Virgin, the beach of “Santa Mónica” is undoubtedly a rare beauty in the island. Another beach that is no less important is the “Atalanta” also name as “Cape Santa Maria”, located in an area of “Costa da Boa Esperança”. It is famous for if you see still the wreckage of a ship that sank several years ago but which still continues along the beach.

Praia de Santa Mónica

Praia de Santa Mónica

Very popular is also the beach of “Varandinha” where on its huge sand dunes Sand Board. This is the beach where you can see a natural cave known as “Buracona” and as it lies between the rocks have very good conditions for water sports such as surfing. On the beach for those who love fishing, there are wide varieties of fish such as bream, grouper, moray eel, blue swordfish and seafood such as shrimps, crabs, crayfish and barnacles. On the “Cruz” beach located near the town of Sal-Rei is a small Jewish cemetery, old real witness the presence of Jewish people on the island. It is on the beach of ‘Cabral’ that is held an annual music festival inviting various Capeverdean musicians in order to assist in the preservation of the turtles that spawn on the island.

Praia de Santa Maria

Praia de Santa Maria Créditos: Aguinaldo Vera Cruz

Boavista is also known for being the island of craft and the birthplace of Capeverdean ‘Morna’ (music typical of the island) which is believed to have begun in the time of slavery. Throughout the various artisans exhibit their work. They are usually created from large varieties of products that exist on the island. Long necklaces made with bones and shells, beads and bracelets of búzios (cornucopia sea shell), painting frames of its beautiful landscapes and objects made from the turtle’s carapace and clay. In many restaurants you can enjoy gastronomy rich in fresh fish and seafood; Grouper, tuna, swordfish, Octopus, shrimp, lobster all caught locally.As in almost all other islands the ‘São João’ celebration (Nhô Son Djon) the June 24 is one of the most important followed by the ‘Santa Isabel’ celebration in the municipal holiday to July 04.

Ruínas da Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Fátima

Ruínas da Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Fátima


we can recommend some online hotels in Boavista island in Cape Vert in order to visit the island available in different type of accommodation and available budget: Hotel Boavista,Residencial Spinguera Ecolodge or Casa Velha Resort

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