Boa Vista is the setting for some of the best beaches in the world, among them the Praia de Chave. The crystal-clear waters wash its golden sands that are extended to the desert dunes on the island. This is an idyllic place to disconnect and relax and has excellent conditions for water sports such as windsurf, kitesurf, snorkeling, diving and fishing.
Near the beach there are partially covered ruins of which only a brick chimney rises up, attesting to a glorious past. These are the clay furnaces of Chave.
Ceramics was a salient activity on the island of Boa Vista. It was brought over by slaves in the early 17th century. Huge amounts of clay in and around the town of Rabil, near the beach of Chave, aided in the development of artisanal ceramic production. In 1895 a factory was set up on the beach in Chave, known as the “Fábrica de Chave” and specializing in the production of roof tiles, wall tiles and bricks. The produce was largely exported to Western Africa and the rest of the islands of Cape Verde. The products were of a fine quality and the factory had employees from other islands besides Boa Vista. The factory shut down around 1928 for reasons that are not clear. The factory chimney stands tall above the sand dunes, as testament of a great enterprise, the ruins of which are buried almost completely by sand and by the island’s memories.
Rabil is the only place where the art of ceramics lives on in Boa Vista. You can visit the artisan ateliers and even take a course in pottery.
Come to Boa Vista, a magical place where clay takes on beautiful shapes. Then you can switch off on the paradisiac beach of Chave, alongside the ruins of the clay furnaces underneath the sand.
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