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Vacation in Boa Vista

Endless sunshine, pristine landscapes and the good life

 

The Cape Verde archipelago, off the coast of Senegal, is the home of the famous singer Cesaria Evora and is comprised of around fifteen islands. Each one contains wild and contrasting landscapes made up of immense expanses of dunes, volcanic reliefs and lush valleys. Its pristine beaches are particularly popular for kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving. Due to its history as a former overseas department of Portugal, it is steeped in Portuguese traditions, but it is also influenced by its location at the crossroads of three continents. You will captivated by the colours, warm atmosphere and gentle way of life in Cape Verde.

Boa Vista

 

Boa Vista

 

Boa Vista is larger and more traditional than Sal, and is known for its immense dunes and desert landscapes surrounded by a turquoise sea. This 31 kilometre long and 29 kilometre wide island, known as the Sahara of the Atlantic, has no less than 55 kilometres of endless – often deserted – golden beaches. Inland, the landscape is punctuated by rocky stretches and sandy plains with lush oases to explore.


Hotel areas 

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Lacacao

 

Praia de Lacacão

The beautiful Praia de Lacacão is located in the south of Boa Vista. This area is characterised by wild, idyllic beaches bordered by the clear waters of the Atlantic and dune landscapes as far as the eye can see. On the Praia de Lacacão or on the nearby beach of Santa Monica, you can savour the solitude for miles or venture inland to explore the small palm grove. Distance from the airport: 25 km.

Praia de Chaves

 

Praia de Chaves

Praia de Chaves is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Boa Vista. Its endless dunes and the deep blue ocean come together to provide a magical landscape. It is a haven for relaxation and swimming, but also boasts the ideal weather conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Between May and November, a rare natural phenomenon also occurs on this beach – hundreds of turtles come to lay their eggs here at night. Distance from the airport: 4 km.


Must-do & Must-see - our suggestions

Must-do

  • The fine sandy beaches that stretch for kilometres are undeniably the island's biggest assets. Let yourself relax in the tropical climate and admire the views. 
  • For foodies, it's worth stopping into a local restaurant to try the many Cape Verdean specialities, with their West African and Portuguese influences. Make the national dish, cachupa, the first thing you order!
  • Diving enthusiasts can enjoy many fantastic diving spots in Boa Vista, where they can mingle with the colourful fish and shipwrecks that can be found in the beautiful coral reefs.

 

Must-see

  • Take a stroll through the charmingly authentic capital Sal Rei, with its beautiful streets lined with colourful buildings and harbour, where you can see boats return from fishing.
  • Venture into the Viana Desert, where white sand dunes dotted with sparse vegetation and volcanic rocks stretch for miles. This unusual and wild scenery will take your breath away.
  • Don’t miss the turtle nesting phenomenon on the southeast coast of Boa Vista, which has the third largest population of breeding turtles in the world. This captivating phenomenon, which is particularly intense from May to November, will give you the chance to admire the turtles under the supervision of a qualified guide.

Excursions

Excursions will allow you to discover your destination from all perspectives. LuxairTours offers a range of selected tours that will allow you to discover unmissable places, paradisiacal beaches, typical dishes... LuxairTours organises a range of quality excursions for you.

  • This tour will first take you to Ponta Antónia beach, whose inhospitable conditions led to the sinking of the Spanish cargo ship Cabo Santa Maria. The next leg of the tour will take you to the Viana Desert – miles of white sand in the centre of the island, of which the origin is unknown. Here, you can try your hand at sandboarding (for an additional fee) or enjoy a refreshing drink from the small local bar.

  • As part of this excursion, you will cross a moon-like landscape of craters to reach the charming little village of Povoação Velha, known for its coloured houses and nestled between two peaks. After enjoying an aperitif, you will head down to sea level to reach the beach of Santa Mónica, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Its pristine white sand stretches for around 20 kilometres, bordered by a crystal clear sea. Take in the scenery before heading back to Varandinha Beach, where you can also see the impressive caves that have been carved out by the waves over time.

  • This tour will first take you to the old fishing village of Santo Tirso, 30 km from the capital Sal Rei. You will then head to the salt pans, where a breathtaking sight awaits you when the sun floods the landscape with its warm light. You will spend some time at the João Barrosa plantations to see the famous baobab trees, an impressive tree that is said to bring good luck. This will be followed by a trip to the beautiful Turtle Beach, where, every year, turtles come to breed from the end of May to October. You will also have the chance to go for a quick swim here. The tour ends in Fundo das Figueiras, where you can get to know the locals and learn about their culture and traditions. For lunch, a local will prepare a delicious Cape Verdean speciality for you to try.

  • This guided tour will take you through the narrow streets of Sal Rei, with its historic buildings and beautiful post-colonial houses. Immerse yourself in the bright colours and smells of its local fruit and vegetable market and traditional fish market. You will also visit the church of St. Isabel, the small fishing port and sample typical Boas Vista specialties as part of the tour. You can also enjoy some free time in the capital to do your own thing.

For more information and bookings, please contact your LuxairTours guide on site.


Important information

 

Compulsory  ecological tax: this tax is applicable will be invoiced directly in the hotels. The following terms and conditions apply:

Total:

  • 276 CVE (approx. €2,50) per person/night up to a maximum of 10 nights per person/stay
  • this tourist tax does not apply to children under 16 years of age

 

Compulsory airport security tax (TSA): this tax of 31 € per person is already included in the price of the package. Excluded are "flight only" or "hotel only" reservation and bookings made at short notice less than 7 days before departure, for which the tax is be paid locally.

 



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