Rabil village

Located further inland, in the central west part of Boavista, Ribeira do Rabil formerly used as a good part for cultivation, at a certain time due to lack of rain, stopped the cultivation of this area. In its surroundings we have the airport of Boavista and the beach of keys, where we have the chimney plus one of the interesting points of the island. The chimney was one of the few things left in the dunes of an old brick and tile factory located in Praia de Chaves, a structure at the level of European technology of the time that opened at the beginning of this century.

The factory, which mainly exported to West African countries, closed its doors in 1928, for reasons still unknown, employed several dozen people not only with good views but from other islands, with a high quality product, where it ended up during the years being buried by the dunes, the chimney was the only one left not letting people forget that it existed. Another project that worked on the same beach of Chaves linked to the art of weaving and pottery was started in the late 50s, with the name of school of pottery of keys, but ended up extinct due to the independence movement.

Rabil Boa Vista
aeroporto boa-vista
Praia de Chaves
Igreja Catolica de Rabil Boa Vista

The Pottery where the art of moulding clay in the Boavista is still preserved, built in 1960 the pottery school of Boavista with ancient techniques known and elaborated by the workers of the village of Rabil. You can visit and see how it is made and know where the clay for the weaving is extracted and see its works, all manual and handmade. Where it is also made to the customer’s taste, be sure to visit. A quiet village and you can have contact with the oldest people and learn about the island’s history, and a particularity are the very different houses of Sal Rei that have practically undone the old structures. The pilgrimage parties are a good thing.

From the 3rd to the 4th of May, Santa Cruz activities always start a week in advance with various activities. Day 2 the flag is raised with a collar and drum in the square of the church of Rabil, the Church of São Roque, one of the oldest on the island, built in 1802. And at the cross of Monquito, popular dinner, followed by a cultural night with live music. On the 4th, Pedrona’s parties are so lively and full of dawn through the streets of Rabil. The festivities of S. Roque, patron of Rabil, take place on August 16 with numerous cultural, sporting and social activities.

olaria

EXCURSIONS THAT PASS HERE

QUAD NORTH TOUR

4 hours

The departure is in Sal-Rei, with 4-wheel vehicles for 2 people. Driving the quad is pure fun, very stable and it gives the impression of flying. After passing through Rabil, a small town, you arrive at the dunes of the Viana desert, magnificent sand walls that move with the wind and offer a breathtaking view.

Near the desert, there is a bar where you can stop and take a walk on foot. During the tour you travel in the queue, to avoid ending up in chasms or dangerous points. The dunes are soft, silent and the sand does not burn because it is very clear. Once you leave the desert, you will go north to visit the Cabo Santa Maria, one of the last shipwrecks of Boavista. Here the terrain is more impervious but doesn’t worry because the expert guides know perfectly every path!

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

2 POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day):
– Hotel Riu Touareg: 08.00 / 13.30
Iberostar Hotel: 08.15 / 13.20
– Hotel New Horizon and Sal-Rei: 08.30 / 13.30
– Hotel Marine Club: 08.40 / 13.40
– Hotel Riu Karamboa/Palace and 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.

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

HALF DAY DESERT BY 4x4

4 hours

Starting from Sal Rei or from the hotels, the first stop is in Rabil, the nice village 1km near the airport, where you can admire the ancient pottery processing at the “ollaria”, one of the few forms of local craftsmanship. Leaving from Rabil you cross the small palm-lined oasis and immediately after you arrive at the Viana Desert. The desert has been formed over the years, from the Alisei winds coming from North Africa, loaded with sand from the Sahara. Viana changes continuously over time, stretches, widens, and every time the landscape offers different beauties.

It’s beautiful walking barefoot on the sand and rolling off the dunes, in front of the curious gaze of the goats that live there. Leaving the desert, it proceeds towards Cabo Santa Maria, in order to admire an old wreck and the sea eagles.

Proceeding towards Sal Rei, a stop at the Church of Fatima, recently renovated, which offers a breathtaking view of the sandy coves in the middle of the volcanic rocks. To end the trip, a walk in Sal Rei, the main town of Boavista.

2 POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day):
From all hotels and Sal-Rei:
Morning: 09:00 AM
Afternoon: 2:00 PM

RETURN: Expected return after about 4h.

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

EXCURSION PRICE (for the car)
€ 90 half day (max 4 people)

QUAD MORRO DE AREIA

2 hours

This route is very simple but absolutely characteristic: the excursion passes between the beaches and dunes towards the west.

Once you reach the “endless” beach of Morro de Areia, the quad bike tour goes along the seashore to the old chimney of the brick factory in Chave.

The route then heads towards the small town of Rabil, passing through the dunes and the natural salt pan, keeping the sea behind. Here there will be a small stop in the village center for a snack or to buy local souvenirs. At the end of the tour, if you want, you can stop for a short swim at Chaves Beach.

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

DEPARTURES (every day):
– Hotel Iberostar: 14:15
– Hotel Riu Touareg/Palace: 14:30
– Hotel New Horizon and Sal-Rei: 14:30
– Hotel Marine Club: 14:40
– Hotel Riu Karamboa and Chaves: 14:45

RETURN: Expected after about 3h.

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

EXCURSION PRICE:
€70 double motorbike (2 people)
€60 single motorbike (1 person)

HALF DAY MORRO NEGRO BY 4x4

4 hours

On the road to the history and tradition of Boavista, the first stop is the terracotta factory of Rabil, the ancient Olarìa, where skilled artisans work the red earth by hand and create very nice statues. Leaving Rabil we turn towards the Viana desert, formed with the sands that the winds bring from Africa: you can slide down from the dunes and walk to “hear” the magical silence of this place. The tour continue on a road still made of cobblestones, towards the villages of the North: João Galego, Fundo das Figueiras and Cabeça dos Tarafes, very colorful, full of flowers and hospitable people.

From Cabeça the path take a black run, crossing a surreal landscape of volcanic stones, which leads to one of the highest points of Boavista: the Morro Negro lighthouse. Then go for a 10 minutes walk, where the view on the Atlantic Ocean is breathtaking. On the way back the path is the same, but by changing the direction and view, the emotions are also renewed.

2 POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day):
From all hotels and Sal-Rei:
Morning: 09:00 AM
Afternoon: 2:00 PM

RETURN: Expected return after about 4h.

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

EXCURSION PRICE (for the car)
€ 90 half day (max 4 people)

BUGGY TOUR

2 hours

After a short briefing, the tour goes first through Rabil village, in the direction of the West Coast. Behind the RIU Karamboa hotel, the route pass over dusty tracks, through the dry river bed, further over sandy paths to the restored “Fatima” chapel.

After a 10-minute stop, the buggies pass through Sal-Rei to a beach bar in Estoril, located next to a high sand dune. From the top you have a breathtaking view over the whole bay of Chaves – photo stop. Continue on the paved road, after about 2 km the tour drive back to the starting point over a dusty mogul road.

Wear comfortable, insensitive clothing that can easily get dirty, and preferably sneakers or similar. The excursion is also suitable for children, from 7 years old. No special technical knowledge is required, and the excursion ends where it started.

2 POSSIBLE DEPARTURES (every day):
– Hotel Iberostar: 08:15 / 13:20
– Hotel Riu Touareg: 08:00 / 13:30
– Hotel New Horizon and Sal-Rei: 08:30 / 13:30
– Hotel Marine Club: 08:40 / 13:40
– Hotel Riu Karamboa, Palace and Chaves: 08:45 / 13:45

RETURN: Expected after about 3h.

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

EXCURSION PRICE:
buggy for 2 people: 100€
passenger with guide: 50€


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