Sal-Rei, a city located on the island of Boavista, Cape Verde, was founded in the 19th century by Portuguese settlers. During this period, the island was mainly used for salt production, from which the city’s name “The King of Salt” derives (Rei means king in Portuguese, and it was used as a title of respect for the importance of salt production to the island’s economy).
The city is situated near beautiful and untouched beaches, such as Estoril and Cabral beaches. Facing the bay of Sal-Rei, you can see a small islet, Djeu, with the Fort of the Duke of Bragança, built by the Portuguese during colonial times to protect the bay from pirate attacks. Most of the island’s services are concentrated in Sal Rei, overall a peaceful place where everything is within walking distance as the city is not very large.
Also located in the Rotchina area is the Jewish Cemetery, one of the most important architectural assets of Boavista. Sal-Rei has grown over the years and is witnessing slow but steady development, attracting many foreign investors and new residents who find in Boavista a paradise to relocate to or spend long periods of the year.