Overview

Laid-back Boavista is the best beach holiday destination on Cape Verde, especially if you want to avoid the crowds. If you like to be independent and enjoy self-catering holidays, then this  trip with car hire is the ideal combination.

Between December and April, Sal Rei is the place to be if you want to spot humpback whales and their calves, or from mid- June to late October you can see loggerhead turtles crawling up the beaches to lay their eggs. Nurse sharks make an appearance in the quieter bays.

In the evening you could sit around the main square in Sal Rei, listen to the music and watch the world go by.



Best for...

Couples
Families
Groups
Solo Travellers

Itinerary

Depart Heathrow and fly via Lisbon to Boavista in Cape Verde. On arrival transfer to your self-catering apartment at Ca'Nicola where you stay for 7 nights.
This is a free day to relax and discover Sal Rei on your own. There are quite a few activities we can organise for you as well during your stay on Boavista, varying from turtle and whale watching (seasonal), surfing, horse riding or snorkelling. If you are going for a swim, do be aware of the strong currents and always ask your hotel whether it is safe to swim.
We have organised for your car to be delivered to your casa. Make sure that you have a detailed map of the island. The world (island) is now your oyster to explore on your own. Why not venture to the north of the island and visit - Cabo Santa Maria (mysterious shipwreck), stop in Bofareira to buy some snacks and visit Shark Baye, where you can see nurse sharks. Tip: stock up on food and beverages before you head out, as shops will be limited along the way.
Another day to explore the island. Perhaps visit the south this time. Drive to Rabil the old capital of Boavista and visit the pottery and Sao Roque the oldest church on the island. Marvel the starkness of Deserto de Viana, a sand desert east of Rabil and the rock formation at Praia de Varandinha. At the end drive to Santa Monica beach but be aware as rescue facilities are non-existent here and there's a strong off-shore wind. Remember that it is illegal to drive on the beaches in Cape Verde.
Today you could go to the most easterly part of the island and visit Morro Negro Lighthouse. If the road becomes too difficult to drive then you should consider walking the last part to the lighthouse. On you way back you could visit Baia das Gatas where occasionally tiger sharks have been spotted.
You could do some hiking today and drive towards Povoacao Velha, and park your car closest to Santo Antonio peak (379m). You can't go straight up from the road, but skirt around the mountain clockwise and ascend it from the east.
Your last chance to visit the deserted beaches of Boavista. Again be careful when you do go in the water, as the currents are very strong and may take you by surprise.
A day at leisure until it's time to drive to the airport where you can leave your car. Fly home via Lisbon.

Price Per Person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

Jan

£1260

Feb

£1260

Mar

£1260

Apr

£1260

May

£1198

Jun

£1198

Jul

£1198

Aug

£1324

Sep

£1198

Oct

£1198

Nov

£1278

Dec

£1338

INCLUDED: International flights (guide price only), accommodation in self-catering apartment for 7 nights on Boavista. Arrival airport transfers on Boavista, 6 days car hire (Daihatsu Terios or similar) including delivery to your accommodation and airport drop off. Cost includes unlimited mileage, standard and CDW (collision damage waiver- subject to excess) insurance but not optional PAI (personal accident insurance) or fuel. Visas, support from our team in Cape Verde, and air ticket reconfirmation (if required). EXCLUDED: Meals not specified above and insurance.

Accommodation

On this trip you will be you will be staying for seven nights in a charming self-catering apartment, specially selected for you. Built around two courtyards, the Casa has a lovely roof terrace with panoramic views of the nearby beach. The accommodation will be on B&B basis.

Activities

Car hire is included on this trip which means that you can explore different parts of the island on your own. We can still arrange a wide variety of activities, like whale and turtle watching (seasonal), and (wind)surfing. Most are suitable for all ages, but many can be adapted to your abilities and experience.

Location

Casa Nicola is within walking distance from Sal Rei's town square, with its bandstands, benches and cafe. The Casa is very close to the seaside and nearby Estoril beach offers windsurfing and diving activities.

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