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Boa Vista 

The Cape Verdean island of a thousand  dunes

Experience the vibrant magic of Boa Vista, arguably the most radiant among the Cape Verde islands. It's not just the sun, but the golden sands, azure waters, and the rhythm of morna music that will captivate you. Dive deep into the serenity of the ocean, soak in the untouched beauty of the dunes, and get lost in the melody of the ever-present island winds.


Definition of a beach holiday

Boa Vista, translating to 'Good View', does not disappoint. With its sprawling deserts, captivating sand dunes, and pristine beaches, it offers a unique blend of serenity and vibrancy. The north of the island teems with marine life, while the southern region charms with its rustic desert landscapes.

The coastlines are dotted with quaint fishing villages, while the interiors present a fascinating dance of dunes and date palms. The sight of traditional homes, painted in cheerful colors, completes this picturesque setting.

Boa Vista Highlights

  • Sal Rei: The island’s capital, where tradition meets modernity. Don't miss the bustling markets and the harmonious sounds of morna and coladeira music.

  • Santa Monica Beach: Often compared to its Californian namesake, this beach offers miles of untouched golden sands, making it a haven for beach lovers.

  • Viana Desert: A mesmerizing stretch of white sand dunes, providing a stark contrast to the blue skies and turquoise waters.

  • Chaves Beach: Renowned for its water sports, this is the place to indulge in windsurfing, kite surfing, or just a rejuvenating swim. 

  • Rabil: Once the capital, now a quiet town with an intriguing pottery heritage. Visit the ceramic workshops and witness art in the making.

  • Shipwreck of Cabo Santa Maria: An iconic site, the rusting ship offers a striking contrast to the pristine beaches and is a reminder of the island's rich maritime history.

  • Morro Negro Lighthouse: Perched on a volcanic hill, this lighthouse offers panoramic views of the island and its captivating surroundings.

Image by Nick Fewings

Viana desert with sand from the Sahara 

Where to stay

  • Duna Dorada, Sal Rei €€ 

  • Mar Azul, Chaves Beach €€ 

  • Casa das Ondas, Santa Monica €€€ 

  • Deserto Resort, Viana €€ 

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