Located on the island of Boavista, the Morro de Areia Natural Reserve is a place of extraordinary beauty and ecological significance. It takes its name from the Morro de Areia hill, rising to an elevation of 167 meters, and stretches along the coast.
The reserve is famous for its sand dunes that plunge into the ocean, creating a breathtaking landscape that is one of the most beautiful in Africa. The reserve covers an area of 25.85 km², with a 300-meter-wide marine protection zone, adding an additional 4.36 km² to the reserve. The reserve was established to protect the dynamics of the sand dunes and the endemic species of wildlife, including the red-billed tropicbird, the osprey, turtles, nurse sharks, and numerous invertebrates. Additionally, one can observe endemic species such as the Gorrión del Cabo and other bird species.
For visitors seeking a unique experience, quad excursions and 4×4 tours are available that traverse the reserve. These tours provide the opportunity to explore the dunes, beaches, caves, and natural trails of the reserve. The excursions are also suitable for children and do not require special technical knowledge.
The beaches of Morro de Areia are renowned for their unspoiled beauty, offering opportunities to sunbathe, swim, and relax. The excursions also include stops at the caves and beaches, offering chances to take photographs and explore natural cavities. Morro de Areia in Boavista is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Cape Verde. With its combination of stunning natural landscapes, unique fauna, and opportunities for outdoor adventures, it offers an unforgettable experience for travellers of all ages. Its unique location and ecological features make it an ideal place for nature lovers, photography enthusiasts, and those seeking a serene and scenic escape.
Visit Morro de Areia and discover one of Cape Verde’s hidden treasures, a place where sand dunes meet the ocean in an eternal embrace of natural beauty.