Boa Vista Cape Verde

About Boa Vista

Boa Vista Cape Verde (Boa Vista which means “good view” in Portuguese) is the most easterly island of the archipelago. Situated just 450km from Senegal on the African mainland. It is located in the Barlavento group of islands. Marine turtles and traditional music, together with its extensive sand dunes are some of the main features of the island. Furthermore Boa Vista has 55 kilometers of beaches to rival those you would find in Jamaica or Barbados.

While mass tourism has already become a way of life on the neighbouring island of Sal, life on Boa Vista remains a bit more authentic. With direct flights from many cities in Europe you can be on one of Boa Vista’s beaches the same day. You could lose yourself on one of Cape Verde’s longest beaches. In addition would have the option to try out in some water sports. Boa Vista is definitely worth a visit.

The island’s terrain is mainly flat with desert occupying a significant part of the island. There are, however, some low mountain ranges. The Deserto de Viana is in the northern and north eastern part of the island and is some 20km in length and up to 5km wide. The northern section of the desert is part of a protected area known as Boa Esperança Nature Reserve.

Sal Rei is the main town on the island. It is a quiet, sleepy town and home to approximately half of the island’s people. The main square is the Praça de Santa Isabel, where you will find attractive flowers and pavilions. The church (Igreja da Santa Isabel) is by the square and has a light blue and sand coloured Baroque frontage. The Avenida dos Pescadores runs along the seafront where visitors can take a tour of the old harbour and boatyard. Beyond is the Ilheu de Sal Rei, a small island.

In the southwest of Boa Vista is the village of Rabil. The small pottery and church (São Roque) are worth a visit. Nearby, towards  Estância de Baixo, you will find a small area of date and coconut palm trees, forming a small oasis in the valley. Also in the south west is Povoação Velha built around 500 years ago and which is the oldest village on the island. There is a small piazza and an attractive little church, built in 1828.

At the right time of year it is possible to see the turtles nesting in the sand dunes. Measures are now in place to protect these lovely creatures, which had once been threatened with extinction. The beaches are one of the main attractions on Boa Vista, but visitors should be careful not to damage the environment for the turtles.