What is a Kabrer in Boavista

Boavista boasts a rich history and a unique society, the result of the encounter of different cultures and traditions. Since the end of the sixteenth century, the inhabitants of the island have laid the foundations for the creation of a new, welcoming and kind community.

Historical and cultural studies of the island of Boavista have revealed that, starting from 1490, slaves and free men transported to the island contributed to the genesis of a new society with its own cultural identity. The coexistence of different ethnic groups, international trade relations based on local products, and contacts between the inhabitants and foreign peoples who arrived there allowed the creation and accumulation of an important socio-cultural heritage.

Among the elements that contributed to the development of this culture, the presence of goats on the island stands out. During rainy years, goats reproduced abundantly, providing a cheap and nutritious source of food for the inhabitants. Goat meat, especially that of kids, was appreciated for its flavor and low cost, about 15 réis each. Goats also provided milk, used in the production of goat cheese, a typical local product highly appreciated both for self-consumption and for trade with the other islands of the archipelago.

The communities of Boavista settled in various areas of the island, including João Galego, Fundo das Figueiras and Cabeça dos Tarafes to the east, and Vila de Sal-Rei, Rabil, Estância de Baixo, Bofareira and Povoação Velha to the west. These settlements represent a society whose roots lie in the people of Boa Vista.

The true heritage of Boavista resides, above all, in its people. Those who know “kabrer,” having lived for a long time among the inhabitants of the island, know that the true treasure of Boavista is the hospitality and conviviality of its inhabitants. Among the people of Boa Vista, in fact, it is tradition to consider every visitor as a friend.

Boavista is an island that celebrates its traditions and its cultural heritage through the harmonious coexistence of its people and their genuine “morabeza”. A place where history, culture, and hospitality come together to create a unique and unforgettable experience for every visitor, also linked to the production and consumption of delicious goat cheese.


4 hours

Immerse yourself for a day in the heart of Boa Vista’s local life. This is not just a tour, but a journey to become a Kabrer – an exclusive name in Boa Vista used to call goat breeders and local farmers.

The guide will pick you up from your accommodation or hotel in Sal-Rei and take you to the heart of the island’s rural life. You will have the opportunity to visit the village of Cabeça dos Tarafes and a local farm, you can feed some animals, see how goat’s milk is produced and how goat cheese is made. This experience will allow you to better understand how the breeders of Boa Vista live.

You will walk through green fields, breathing the fresh air and admiring the unique landscape. Later, you will visit the goat barn, where you can see up close how they live and feed. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the goats, feed them, and even learn how to milk.

Along the way, you will learn the history of the farm, as well as the agricultural techniques used in the region. You will visit cultivated fields and have the chance to see how crops are grown and harvested. Also, you will learn about local farming traditions and how these influence daily life.

Available every day, all year round.

TRANSPORT: Transport is included in the price from all hotels and from Sal-Rei. From the Riu Touareg hotel, due to the distance, an extra charge of 50€ (2-4 people) is expected. The local guide will contact you after booking for further details.

DURATION: The excursion lasts about 4 hours.

PRICE: 45€ adults (+12 years), 25€ children (3-11 years). Free up to 2 years.

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