Sal Rei Holidays
Dreaming of year-round sunshine, paradise beaches and a laid-back island lifestyle? The Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa, boast some of the best beach holiday climate in the world, with year-round warm sunshine. Sal Rei is located on the tiny island of Boa Vista (which means ‘beautiful view’), and in spite of its sleepy village feel is actually the island’s capital and home to 12,000 residents.
It’s the combination of peace and activity that makes holidays to Sal Rei so special – as well as those stunning long white sandy beaches of course! Sink into the chilled out pace of life, enjoy the ocean views, or get stuck into the island’s wide choice of sports and activities, from quad biking and hiking, to windsurfing and diving. Then watch the sun set with a traditional Ponche cocktail in hand before hitting the livelier bars and discos for a good time. Heaven…
We offer a range of hotel and holiday types in Sal Rei, including all inclusive.
Sal Rei at a glance
Perfect for watersports
Explore the islands on a fun catamaran sailing trip
Lush natural wonders
Feeling a bit more active? How about a quad bike adventure exploring the Viana Desert?
Sal Rei is perfect for a spot of whale watching!
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Things to do in Sal Rei
Life in Sal Rei revolves around the beach, but that doesn’t mean sunbathing is all that’s on the menu. There are attractions away from the beach as well. Head inland to the desert to try some exhilarating quad biking or explore the Viana desert, with its dramatic dunes and famous Santa Maria shipwreck. You can even try sandboarding – a relatively new sport that involves sliding down sand dunes on something similar to a snowboard!
The town of Sal Rei is a lovely place to explore, with colourful markets and some interesting historical sites like the large church. The island’s culture is a blend of African and Portuguese influences and you’ll find that reflected in the crafts, food and drink on offer. There’s also Jewish communities in the town’s history and a visit to the Jewish cemetery is a fascinating walk.
Boat trips from Sal Rei harbour are a popular activity. Head off into the open ocean on a whale-watching excursions, discover the beauty of the uninhabited islands off the coast of Boa Vista, or view the captivating world beneath the waves with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat. You can also join a deep-sea fishing trip or head out to some of the fantastic off-shore dive sites.
Sal Rei’s beaches are breath-taking. Sand dunes, long stretches of soft white sand, and clear waters to swim in. The main beach, Praia de Cruz, is a lovely sheltered bay, protected from the winds and waves by the Ilheu de Sal Rei island just offshore. With temperatures rarely dipping below 24°C every day is a beach day on Sal Rei! The waters are perfect for swimming but you’ll also find lots of watersports on offer.
Diving in the turquoise waters is especially popular, where you can see marine life such as sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and manta rays, as well as thousands of colourful fish. The whole island of Sal Rei is small enough to be easily explored, and with over 35 miles of beaches to choose from you can sample a different one every day. One of the most spectacular is Praia de Chaves, just south of Sal Rei.
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