Sal Rei is the capital of Boa Vista. It has a pretty central square, withsmall restaurants, small shops and small bars, the town serves some of the best lobster in the world. We saw a wine delivery being unloaded through an upstairs window of the shop as no room downstairs. A goat for sale tied outside, ditto no room inside.
Main Street, High Street and one for the "one careful owner" collection.
Everywhere you look building, decorating and maintenance is going on.
The emphasis is Creole and has a charming, friendly bustle about it. The women get stuck in with the men in the hauling, mixing and constructing.
Bear with an 'old girl', the port behind him, the children playing, while an older sister carries rubble in a bucket on her head. The town has 3 beaches, Cabral beach where houses and apartments are springing up, Estoril beach to the south with a beach bar and windsurfing centre, and the towns small beach Praia Diante, this is next to the small harbour, which has a ferry port serviced by STM Ferries. Sadly we saw loads of broken glass.
We stayed in town for a night at the Boa Vista Hotel. Main street, the hotel, our balcony and looking out of town, there is one petrol station on the island, just down the road on the left. Most of the population live in the capital “Sal Rei" which means "Salt King", the town was named after the salt production business which used to be important.
Our balcony from the road, bottom left. Like so much of the island, and indeed all the Cape Verde islands, if something isn't finished, it doesn't mean it cannot be used.
All in all a great little town when it is finished, but a long way go.