A mere dot in the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Verde is one of Africa’s more hidden delights. Constituting ten small islands, Cape Verde is largely unspoilt by modern life. Holidays to Cape Verde are filled with rustic charm, and its people have strong sense of identity that makes the island chain so attractive to visitors. Boa Vista, the third largest and least populated island is arguably the jewel in the Cape Verde crown and is only a 12-minute air-taxi journey (or a short ferry ride) from the busier island of Sal, and the international airport.
With 55km of white sandy beaches, Boa Vista is a sun and nature-lover’s paradise. Its unique climate ensures it is slightly cooler than the rest of the African continent with temperatures around the 25°c mark, a more bearable and pleasant heat than many other African destinations. If relaxation is what you are after there are several hotels on the island with modern facilities.
Cape Verde restaurants have a reputation for variety and Boa Vista is no exception. The country’s Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English heritage have combined to create a culinary melting pot to suit every taste, with fresh, high-quality food thanks to the enduring local tradition of farming and fishing on the island.
If you are looking for more than just sunshine and good food, Boa Vista is also an ideal destination for nature-lovers. The beautiful wide, open spaces that cover the sprawling island landscape offer spectacular wildlife spotting and sights of magnificent volcanic rock, while the abundance of both sea and land birds makes for great bird-watching. Even more thrilling are the frequent sightings of Humpback whales from the island shores.
Sports enthusiasts also find Boa Vista a fulfilling holiday destination thanks to such an ideal climate. Here you can sail, dive, surf, fish, sea canoe and cycle. Soccer is the sport of choice on the island, and with local teams passionately playing for enthusiastic supporters, watching the football here is a great way to sample the local daily life of Boa Vista residents.
Couples ready to pledge their love also often choose romantic Cape Verde weddings, too. Boa Vista, Cape Verde, has something for all types of travellers, from romantic to athletic, rustic to relaxing.
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