Being part of a small list of moments and points of charm to visit on the island of the dunes, we find at the foot of the mountain, known as Rocha Estancia, the village of Old Povoação, which was once the capital of the island until 1810.
For the elders this is where the story of Boavista was born. The first locality to be settled. A small village, always quiet, where the neighbors get along very well.
Several tourists are attracted to this small town as it is close to one of the best and most beautiful beach of Cape Verde, Santa Monica beach.
We can visit Santo António’s Chapel dating from 1800 and the Nossa Senhora da Conceição Church. Despite gaining new constructions, traces of yesteryear still remain alive in the village.
Its proximity to the beaches of Varandinha and Santa Monica, the last considered one of the best and most beautiful in the country, is an invitation to the obligatory stop of tourists looking for deserted beaches, fabulous hot water, crystal clear.
The attractions and the privileged position invite an investment in rural tourism, that is, in the village the ruins of the past, its stories the friendliness of its people and the pleasant environment, culminated in the fresh produce of agriculture and livestock, represent some of the ingredients for an investment in rural tourism.
In order to increase tourism and have more resources for tourist attraction, the atelier of the arts was born in the village, where the production of genuine craftsmanship is the watchword, where you can find from straw hats, weaving, bijouterie basketry and pottery, made with materials local and recycled. With the creation of this project, it is expected that the sale of local handicrafts will increase compared to the sale of handicraft products from the African coast, which line up in all the streets of the locality.