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Sal Island: Buracona , Praia Curral Velho , Cape Verde
Praia Curral Velho

To the far south of Boa Vista lies Curral Velho, which is notably home to a perfectly unspoilt beach.

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Sal Island: Buracona Cape Verde
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Sal Island: Buracona

To the north-west of Espargos, a grotto enables you to catch a glimpse of a very light and clear turquoise blue sea. This is an ideal place for diving enthusiasts. Close by, a natural swimming pool allows you to bathe and benefit from the site. Be careful, sometimes this place is dangerous due to strong waves crashing on the volcanic reefs. There is an impressive mirage a few miles from there, which offers a striking and misleading sight. This could be one of the most beautiful mirages, and for those who would have walked for days and days in the desert, the illusion is perfect, however, they would be very disappointed not to find a drop of water or coolness.

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Sal Island: Buracona

Sal Island: Buracona , The small island of Curral Velho , Cape Verde
The small island of Curral Velho

Just a few hundred yards away from the shore, the island of Curral Velho is a rock that has been classified an ornithological reserve (home to frigates and albatross).

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Sal Island: Buracona , Curral Velho dune , Cape Verde
Curral Velho dune

The site owes its name to the coral skeletons that shape the dune and the beach, and give it its incredible white colour.

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Sal Island: Buracona , Curral Velho in Boa Vista , Cape Verde
Curral Velho in Boa Vista

Despite the proximity of a new resort, Curral Velho remains almost deserted, much like the entire south east of Boa Vista.

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Sal Island: Buracona , The old village of Curral Velho , Cape Verde
The old village of Curral Velho

Sheltered by the dune, this was once a fishing village and the inhabitants also ran a nearby saltworks.

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Sal Island: Buracona , The desert area of Curral Velho , Cape Verde
The desert area of Curral Velho

Curral Velho is surrounded by salt, sea and a superb reg, a rocky desert that changes colour throughout the day.

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