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Praia da Atalanta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boa Vista Island: Half-Day Viana Desert Quad Bike Adventure

1. Boa Vista Island: Half-Day Viana Desert Quad Bike Adventure

The day begins with pickup from your hotel. Head to the first stop of the tour, Rabil, the second most populated village on Boa Vista Island. Visit a ceramic factory to learn about the ancient art of pottery as well as Olaria, one of the few forms of local craftsmanship. Depart from Rabil and cross the palm-lined oasis towards the Viana Desert. Learn about how the desert started forming in the 1980s and has continued to grow due to trade winds that bring sand from the Sahara and Mauritania. Feel the wind in your hair and the adrenaline pump through your body on a thrilling ride across the sand dunes on your quad bike. Continue the tour to Bofareira, a small and sleepy village on the north side of the island. From there, drive to Sal Rei city, for a short break followed by a ride along the old cobble stone road to Fatima Church. Admire this recently renovated church while taking in the breathtaking view of the stunning sandy coves that surround you. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

Boa Vista Island: Quad Adventure to Cabo Santa Maria Beach

2. Boa Vista Island: Quad Adventure to Cabo Santa Maria Beach

After pickup from your hotel, you adventure starts out from Rabil, the second largest town on the island. The first part of your quad tour follows sand and rock tracks towards Praia de Atalanta beach. At the beach you'll discover the wreck of the Cabo Santa Maria that has been stranded on the sand for 50 years. The wreck is so famous, that it has become a symbol of Boa Vista and Cape Verde and a source of inspiration for painters and photographers. You'll have some time here to enjoy the beach and take a few of your own photos. From the beach, head out on your quad through a surreal lunar landscape characterized by volcanic rock. You'll also ride through the middle of an acacia tree forest known as Floresta Clotilde before heading back to Rabil on the Via Pitoresca (the ancient cobble stone road). After a couple hours quadding in the African winds and tropical sun, you'll arrive back at your hotel ready to relax.

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What people are saying about Praia da Atalanta

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Driver good, round trip as described. Great beach club for lunch, crayfish dinner. Otherwise no special efforts by the guide, subcontractor, didn't know that the Viana Desert was part of the program, but drove us there without hesitation. All in all a nice day.

Very nice experience. We were able to discover the village of Rabil as well as Sal Rei. The Viana Desert was beautiful, a breathtaking view and the Santa Maria beach .. waw what to say, a paradise on earth. I highly recommend it

It was an extremely beautiful but also demanding tour. Professionally run with great scenic highlights. Highlights were the dunes and the shipwreck. You can only recommend the tour unreservedly.

Magical landscapes, top organization! We loved it !