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ga('create', 'UA-5572959-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview');</script><body class="frame"><div id="page"><nav><ul id="nav"><li><a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/">home</a></li><li><a href="#navL">index&nbsp&nbsp</a></li></ul></nav><section class="title"><section id="s1"><h1>Riu Touareg, Santa Monica, Boa Vista,<br>Cape Verde Islands </h1></section></section><section id="s2"><h2>Christmas 2015</h2></section><section id="s3"><h2>A recommendation</h2></section><section id="s4"><h4>We visited based on <a href="https://twitter.com/Lismur16">Lisa Murray's</a> recommendation and, as ever, she was spot on!</h4></section><section id="s5"><h4>The Riu Touareg Hotel is in the extreme south of the island about 2.5 km west of the headland known as Curral Velho.</h4></section><section id="s6"><h4>The airport is at Rabil, about 30 minutes by road, some blacktop and some gravel / dirt road.</h4><h4>Message: Please click <a href="mailto:info@deskspace.com?Subject=" " target="_top">here info@deskspace.com</a> if this page is now loading correctly Daniel?</h4></section><section id="s7"><h4>The hotel architecture is based on some sort of African Castle theme, it is colour matched to the beach sand and from a distance almost blends into the beach.</h4></section><section id="s8"><h2>Generally</h2></section><section id="s9"><h4>The flight isn't arduous, the time zone is only -1 so no jet lag and the weather whilst we were here has been perfect.</h4></section><section id="s10"><h4>Unlike the all inclusive we visited in Mexico several years ago this 2,000 bed hotel has plenty of space for everyone and for every taste, provided you are primarily interested in sun, sand and peace and quiet.</h4></section><section id="s11"><h4>It seems that there is some common ownership between Riu Resorts and Hotels and Tui the Travel Group of whom Thomson are part. In any event, Riu Touareg seems to attact a big majority of British guests, with a scattering of other Europeans particularly from Germany, France, so this is in effect a Thomson hotel.</h4></section><section id="s12"><h4>It is located somewhere in the middle of a very long beach. It took us an hour to walk to the eastern end and an hour in the other direction took us about half way to the other end.</h4></section><section id="s13"><h4>The beach is fine yellow sand, beautiful to walk on and in our two long walks to date we found only a single piece of plastic waste washed up. Undoubtedly the cleanest and nicest beach we have ever seen.</h4></section><section id="s14"><h4>No doubt in time this beach will be lined by a row of gigantic hotels so the best we can suggest is visit it whilst it is the sole development on this side of the island.</h4></section><section id="s15"><h2>Cape Verde</h2></section><section id="s16"><h4>The Cape Verde Islands are a republic which one organisation has rated as the most democratic and least corrupt in Africa. They have a Portuguese colonial history with quite a lot of British influence from the time that one island was an essential re-fueling station for Transatlantic coal fired shipping.</h4></section><section id="s17"><h4>They became a democracy in the 1970s and from the people we have meet they seem pretty well sorted out. Their informal slogan is "No stress".</h4></section><section id="s18"><h4>They seem to be putting all the tourist development on the two most sparsely populated and arid islands, Sal and Boa Vista and avoiding mixing the tourists with the life of the main islands. Somewhat like the strategy used in the Maldives.</h4></section><section id="s19"><h4>The neighbouring tourist island of Sal ("Salt") was visited by Arab traders from at least the 800s to collect salt and was subsequently "discovered" by the Portuguese apparently becoming their first overseas colony. So the language here is Portuguese give or take a bit, but many people in the hotel seemed to speak some English, French and German.</h4></section><section id="s20"><h2>Weather</h2></section><section id="s21"><h4>Perfect, cool at night, hot during the day and warm in the evening.</h4></section><section id="s22"><h2>Insects</h2></section><section id="s23"><h4>Very few and virtually no mosquitoes, really very pleasant indeed!</h4></section><section id="s24"><h2>Beach</h2></section><section id="s25"><h4>Amazing, see the <a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/hotel_riu_touareg_beach.html">photos</a>!</h4></section><section id="s26"><h2>Big waves</h2></section><section id="s27"><h4>Even more amazing, the waves close to shore we have ever seen, take a loook at our <a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/hotel_riu_touareg_big_waves.html">photos</a>!</h4></section><section id="s28"><h2>Some photos</h2></section><section id="s29"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/_capoverde - 001.jpg" alt="_capoverde - 001.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s30"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/_capoverde - 004.jpg" alt="_capoverde - 004.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s31"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 002a.jpg" alt="capoverde - 002a.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s32"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 4a.jpg" alt="capoverde - 4a.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s33"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 14.jpg" alt="capoverde - 14.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s34"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 22.jpg" alt="capoverde - 22.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s35"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 27.jpg" alt="capoverde - 27.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s36"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 66.jpg" alt="capoverde - 66.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s37"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 71.jpg" alt="capoverde - 71.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s38"><h4><img src="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/images/capoverde - 87.jpg" alt="capoverde - 87.jpg"></h4></section><section id="s39"></section><navL><ul id="navL"><ul> <li><a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/index.html">Riu Touareg, Boa Vista</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/hotel_riu_touareg.html">Hotel</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/hotel_riu_touareg_beach.html">Beach</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/hotel_riu_touareg_big_waves.html">Big waves</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bolnore.com/t/caboverde/hotel_riu_touareg_env.html">Environment</a></li></ul></ul></navL></body><footer><section id="footer"><br><br>Normal business hours are UK Time - that is +5 ECST or +8 PST<div itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"></section><section id="footer"><span itemprop="company">Deskspace Systems Limited</span></section><section id="footer"><span itemprop="address">45 Orchard Close, Burgess Hill<br>East Sussex, RH15 0GF<br>United Kingdom</span></section><section id="footer"><span itemprop="tel">+44 (0) 7973 518513</span></section><section id="footer"><a itemprop="email" href="mailto:info@deskspace.com">info@deskspace.com</a></section><section id="footer"><br> 2015-16 Deskspace Systems Limited</section><br><br>built responsively with<a href="http://www.deskspace.com/index.html">Deskspace CMS</a><a href="mailto:info@deskspace.com?subject=Deskspace%20CMS">info@deskspace.com</a></div></footer></html>