The only city in the island, composed by salt pans around it, from there derives its name Sal-Rei, formerly very important not only for raising cattle but also for collecting salt, as well as the island of Sal.
It is located very close to beautiful and incredible beaches for family walks and baths like Estoril and Cabral beach. In front of Sal Rei bay you can see a small islet with a fort named “Duke of Bragança”, built by the Portuguese in colonial times to protect the bay from pirate attacks. Most of the important structures of the island are centered in Sal Rei, in its whole calm village, most of the places can be walked because the city is not very big.
Also located in the Rotchinha area the Jewish Cemetery is one of the most important architectural heritage of the Boavista. The graves are a real landmark of the existence in this island of an important Jewish community, emigrated in the middle of the 19th century. The Jewish Cemetery is considered one of the most interesting inheritances preserving the Jewish memory in Boavista.