Extensive unspoilt beaches of pristine white sand and turquoise blue waters, protected areas of great natural beauty, an enviable climate all year round, a culinary tradition as simple as it is delicious and warm, friendly people always pleased to welcome visitors; This is just a small part of how much what is on offer on the island of Boa Vista (or Boavista), the easternmost and the third largest island in Cape Verde, it is also the closest to the African mainland. If you want to come and see all this for yourself, Iberostar invites you to enjoy the hotel in Boa Vista.
The name Boa Vista means beautiful view, as the island is made up of peachy sand dunes and refreshing oasis and is surrounded by a constellation of smaller islets. Tt is the ideal option to enjoy a holiday in Cape Verde with all the comforts you need.
Imagine the sensation of relaxing on an island of just 4,000 residents and with an economy that, apart from tourism, is still based on agriculture and fishing. Except for the capital, Sal Rei, which has 3,000 inhabitants, the rest of the settlements - around a dozen - are small, peaceful villages that will enchant you.
If you are looking for ideas for a romantic getaway or where to spend a relaxing summer, Christmas or Easter break, then this is the ideal destination. Come and check it out for yourself!
Despite being one of the least populated islands of Cape Verde, Boa Vista is also one of the most beautiful islands of this former Portuguese colony. One of the most visited parts of the island is the capital and largest town, Sal de Rei, meaning Salt King, after the many saltpans in the vicinity.
Another attraction of Sal Rei, Cape Verde are the colonial style houses known as “sobrados”, also present on the island of Fogo, stately homes covering two floors where the landlords and their slaves lived. Other sites worth visiting are the Youth Center with its library and the Church of Santa Isabel. In addition, in front of the town and on an islet, are the ruins of the fort of the Duke of Braganza.
Don’t miss Espingueira, a picturesque fishing village located in the north of the island and ideal for ecotourism enthusiasts.
The main attraction of Boa Vista, however, is its natural landscapes. Lose yourself in the Viana Desert and the Campo da Serra plain, located beyond the Santa Monica beach and the beach at Ervatão point famous for its sea turtles.
Boa Vista is also home to many other wonderful natural spaces to visit while you are there. One of which is the natural monument of Monte Estância, whose peak of 387 m is the highest point of the island. Stop by and visit the natural monument of the islet of Sal Rei, the largest in Boa Vista; the protected landscape of Curral Velho, a settlement full of interesting samples of popular architecture and salt pans; the Natural Park of the North, which is one of the main agricultural areas of the island; the nature reserves of the islet of the Passaros and the islet of Baluarte and, finally, the Tartaruga nature reserve.
If you are looking to relax and get away from it all during your stay in Cape Verde, you can't miss the magnificent beaches of Boa Vista. Among the most beautiful are those at Atalante, Cabral, Chaves, Curral Velho, Santa Monica and Varandinha. Any of which is ideal for those travelling to Cape Verde with children. Moreover, many of these beaches are highly recommended for fishing or diving. Its shallow waters attract four different species of coral, while its rocky areas attract a large number of migratory birds, including endemic species.
Nature lovers will of course be aware that one of the most remarkable things about the island is the turtle colony that calls Boa Vista home which is the fourth most important in the world. If you wish to get up close to these magnificent creatures, you will be pleased to know that almost all agencies on the island offer tours.
That is not all, Boa Vista not only allows you to spy on the loggerhead turtles when they are laying their eggs, in fact the many sheltered bays are often frequented by humpback whales that come to the area in winter, during the mating season.
We also can't stop raving about the delicious food available in Cape Verde. As you can imagine, fish and shellfish are the basis of local food, given that the continuous droughts and the volcanic nature of the islands make it hard to raise livestock or grow many vegetables. The fish is however fantastically fresh and is usually served grilled accompanied by vegetables.
Among the most typical dishes, there is the seabream with tomato, the cachupa (pork stew with beans and corn) and the caldo de peixe (fish soup with sweet potatoes, green banana and cassava). Many restaurants also offer local specialties made with chicken or pork. Other traditional products are the grogue (an alcoholic drink made with rum, water and sugar), coffee liqueur, coconut punch, wines from the island of Fogo and malagueta (a kind of chili that is grown in the mountains of the island of in Santiago).
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has a luxurious 5-star hotel in Boa Vista: the Iberostar Club Boa Vista. This spa hotel offers you high quality rooms, irresistible food including both national and international cuisine and the chance to try your hand at water sports. If you dream of an unforgettable trip to Boa Vista, Iberostar guarantees you will have the time of your life.
What is more, the island has the Aristides Pereira International Airport, with connections to various European cities. So it couldn't be simpler to get here.
Check out the hotel offers in Boa Vista today, book your room at this resort at the lowest price and enjoy a simply memorable holiday. You will not want to go home afterwards.
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