From November 2011, Thomson Airways will connect Bristol Airport with the island of Boa Vista. The destination, which is a member of the independent Cape Verde Islands, is situated off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania in West Africa. Bristol Airport says that Boa Vista is “untouched” by world tourism, making it ideal for travellers who have grown weary of Benidorm, Alicante, and similar ‘sun and sea’ resorts.
Boa Vista is a paradise island, warmer and dryer than the Canary Islands, but just as picturesque. Towards the coast, gently sloping dunes end in white beaches. Rusty shipwrecks, some submerged beneath the sea, create an unusual panorama for first-time visitors. Boa Vista’s Rabil Airport and the popular Riu Karamboa Hotel are equally unique, resembling giant sandcastles. Bristol Airport’s aviation director, Shaun Browne, referred to Boa Vista as an “exciting new destination” for holidaymakers in need of a break from Britain’s overcast skies.
The route from Bristol will be operated by Thomson Airways until April 2012. The carrier already offers 40 destinations from Bristol Airport, including trans-Atlantic flights to Sanford in Florida and Cancún, Mexico. Planes will depart from Bristol every Tuesday for the duration of the winter season. Flights to Boa Vista from Glasgow and East Midlands airports will also begin later this year, courtesy of Thomson.
Package deals for holidays at the Royal Decameron, Riu Touareg, and Riu Karamboa hotels are being sold by Thomson, beginning at £704 per person for a seven-night stay. The hotels, located on Boa Vista’s beaches, generally offer three to four-star accommodation, with a variety of bars and restaurants available on site.