The sand dunes island? It's Boa Vista. Two main sites are responsible for this nickname. To the northeast there is Rabil with 'Viana's desert', a line of beautiful white dunes dotted with a few acacia trees. The landscape is truly impressive, especially with the 'mountains' serving as a backdrop. Locals say that Boa Vista is the most Eastern of the archipelago's islands, being the closest to Africa, and thus the reason for the presence of sand, transported by the trade winds.
The second major site for sand dunes is Chaves beach, where the sand is more of a blond colour and the view of the sea in the background is sublime. It is very easily accessible on foot from the hotels located along the northern shore. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities for 4x4 excursions.
To the north of Chaves Beach, the ruins of the former brickworks have slowly been invaded by the dunes, making for one of the most awesome landscapes.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
On Chaves beach, the dunes lie next to the hotels and can be very easily discovered on foot.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
The unique display of waves of sand and water in the Chaves sand dunes.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
Inland near Rabil, the Deserto de Viana dunes await visitors. A small parking area allows for easy access to the site.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
Scattered with acacia bushes, these white sand dunes constitute some of the most amazing landscapes.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE