This fun-filled tour gives you the chance to delve into some of Boa Vista's top spots. Spend a morning exploring inland villages and roaming the Viana desert in a 4x4, before ending up on one of the island's most pretty beaches. Roberto, one of our local guides, says, ‘It probably wasn't their intention but the souvenir shops of Povoação Velha and Rabil have become unwitting social media stars. Their colourful, kitsch and carefree displays are massive Instagram hits.'This morning-long adventure kicks off with a visit to the half-crumbling 19th-century Church of Saint Roque in Rabil – Boa Vista's second-largest town. In need of a lick of paint and simply decorated, it reflects the island's tough history. Then it's off to a ceramic factory, where you'll see the handiwork of local artisans and might be able to grab yourself a souvenir of local pottery. You'll also get to taste Cape Verde's national dish, catchupa, a rich stew of corn, beans, pork and vegetables – through ingredients change, not just from island to island or village to village, but house to house.Next, hold on tight as you zoom through the dusty landscape of the Viana desert. Our next stop is Povoação Velha, the oldest settlement on the island. Wander its rustic streets before kicking back on the 11km-long Santa Monica beach. Its sugar-white sand contrasts against fluorescent blue waters like an image from a postcard. If you're an adventure seeker, you can even try your hand at sandboarding.
Roam over the sands of the Viana desert in a rip-roaring 4x4 safari. Discover the village of Rabil and visit the faded Church of Saint Roque. Savour some catchupa stew, Cape Verde's rich-in-flavour national dish. Visit Povoação Velha village and enjoy free time on Santa Monica beach. Expert local guide with an unrivalled knowledge of Boa Vista and its villages