Holidays to Sal Rei
Set on the sleepy isle of Boa Vista, the town of Sal Rei is a relatively new, almost pristine, dot on the tourist map. The island, part of Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, is a lost world of sand dunes, sleepy towns and stunning blue skies. Only properly discovered in 1450, and colonised by the Portuguese, it feels like a slice of the Sahara thrown into the ocean. Perfect for a romantic getaway or the quiet beach bum lifestyle.
A 29km deserted stretch of stunning white sand and deep blue water south of Sal Rei, it's a paradise beach retreat.
A mix of ancient ruins, gold sand and blue water. Aside from a few tourists, it's only palm trees for company.
The oldest settlement in the island, this was once the capital of Boa Vista. Visit the old church and pretty plaza.
Santa Isabel Church
An attractive, simple Baroque-style sets this church aside as a distinguished building in Sal Rei, well worth visiting.
Boa Vista's transparent green seas provide an idyllic setting for divers. PADI courses are offered by many dive schools.
Mostly operating from July to October, tour companies provide mesmerising nocturnal excursions to see nesting turtles.
The national dish is made from a mix of maize, green bananas, manioc, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage and meat.
Cape Verdean Desserts
Doce de papaya, papaya jelly, is a staple, as well as cheese and coffee puddings and a vast range of fresh fruit.
A great place for cocktails, beer and snacks a stone's throw from the ocean, in a relatively quiet spot for nightlife.
A beach front bar that sprawls out onto the white sands of Sal Rei. Expect a great mojito and great hospitality.
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