Morro De Areia

The Morro de Areia Nature Reserve is a nature reserve that covers the southwest coast of the island. It takes its name from the hill Morro de Areia, at 167 m altitude, added with a km-long sandy beach, breathtaking beach, coastal cliffs, dunes, irregular watercourse and scrubland.

In the area, there are the following habitats: beaches, coastal cliffs, dunes, irregular waterways, and thickets. In this area, there is the registration of the Cape Sparrow (Passer iagoensis), an endemic species of Cape Verde. Highlight, also, for the occurrence of the Pastor (Eremopterix nigriceps), Reed tail (Phaethon aethereus), Fish Eagle (Pandion haliaetus), and the Desert Raven (Corvus ruficollis).

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4 hours

It starts from the small town of Sal-Rei, where a brief briefing is given. By quad, you take the dirt road that leads to the oldest town of Boavista, Povoação Velha, in which there is a small stop. After visiting the small village we leave to go to the beautiful beach of Santa Monica, driving inside paths surrounded by acacias, in a river bed, where the stop is about 30 minutes, just the time for a nice bath in Cape Verde’s longest beach.

After having cooled off, we set off again along the beach to the caves of Varandinha, another marvellous beach, to take some photos and explore the natural cavities of the east part of the island. The last stop is the promontory of Morro de Areia, one of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, where the dunes dive into the ocean.

The excursion is also suitable for children, from 7 years. No special technical knowledge is required, and the excursion ends where it started.

– Iberostar: 08:15 / 13:20
– Riu Touareg: 08:00 / 13:30
– Royal Horizon – Sal Rei: 08:30 / 13:30
– Marine Club: 08:40 / 13:40
– Riu Karamboa, Palace, Chaves: 08:45 / 13:45

RETURN: Expected after about 5h.

TRANSPORT INCLUDED: Pick-up or bus directly at the hotel or in the city. Further details will be provided after booking.

€90 double motorbike (2 people)
€75 single motorbike (1 person)


4-8 hours

The tour starts with a walk on the dunes of Praia de Chaves that dive into the ocean. From here the track of land that, flanking the coast with a wonderful panorama, leads to Praia de Varandinha, destination for extreme kiters and birdwatchers. A couple of km away is the oldest village of Boavista, Povoaçao Velha, and some still intact houses built with hand-made earthen bricks and thatched roofs bear witness to this.

We continue towards Santa Monica, considered the most beautiful beach of the archipelago, 11 km of white desert sand. Here you can have lunch, sunbathe and swim in a lovely bar / restaurant or simply relax in the hammock. It is a tour dedicated to the most beautiful beaches on the island.

The excursion is also suitable for children. The private tour in pick-up takes up to 8 people (with 2 cars). Full day tour allows more time on the beach. No special technical knowledge is required, and the excursion ends where it started.

From all hotels and Sal Rei:
Morning: 09:00 AM
Afternoon: 02:00 PM

RETURN: Expected after about 4h (half day) and 8h (full day)

Pick-up directly at the hotel or at your accommodation. Further details will be provided after booking.

EXCURSION PRICE (for the car)
Half day: 1-2 pax € 90; 3-4 pax € 120; 5-8 pax € 180
Full day: 1-2 pax € 120; 3-4 pax € 160; 5-8 pax € 240

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