An extension of the Sahara in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Boavista contains a real desert in the northwestern part of the island: the Viana desert. Only 1 km wide and 5 km long, it is characterized by a clear sand mixed with grains of black earth. The ocean winds carry immense volumes of sand continuously from the African continent, depositing them on the island of Boavista, for the purpose of the shape of the terrain and the proximity to the mainland. This creates real desert sand dunes, interspersed with sparse vegetation and some very dark volcanic rocks. The result of this is a rainbow of colors and rapid passage of clouds projected on the floor an alternation of light and almost hypnotic shadow.

The lunar landscape, amplified by the total absence of artificial sounds, this again puts a stop point Thank you: you can transform your feet effortlessly, in the tranquility of being short distance from civilization, without danger of encountering venomous animals or quicksand .

This fall of sand in the ocean is protected by the Cape Verdean government, which prohibits the circulation of motor vehicles and promotes the construction of real “walls” stones to limit the movement of sand dunes, which seem annually to progress towards the coast . Living a desert adventure has never been easier!


– The recommended means to reach the desert of Viana are the pick up or the quad.
– If you go for the first time, we advise you not to go there alone: ask the hotel to book your trip. If you are in the city please contact the guides listed on this page.
– Due to its small size, the desert is suitable for medium difficulty hiking: bring water and a snack. in any case, the phone works well here as well.
– The reflection of the sun in the sand is like snow: bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat; on top of the blows a lot of wind dunes, but it’s worth the climb to slip and click on a photo.
– If you are lucky enough to happen on a full moon night, a desert moonlight ride is an unforgettable trip!

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