On our recent trip to Cape Verde, one of the main things I wanted to do was pay a visit to the beach at Praia de Atalanta (also known as Boa Esperança) to see the wreck of the Spanish cargo ship Cabo Santa Maria.
The ship ran aground on Boa Vista in 1968 and has since become one of the country’s main tourist attractions.
Reaching the coast involves a long and bumpy journey along partly cobbled tracks, through some barren but beautiful scenery.
It’s a popular location for tour groups, but it isn’t a crowded spot; you can still catch a moment to take some photos and enjoy a walk along the beach.
But the wreck is slowly crumbling, thanks to over forty years in the rough waves of the Atlantic Ocean. In a few years it will probably disappear completely. Take a look on Google Images to see the how the wreckage has changed over the years.
Sadly, the beach is littered with plastic bottles and other detritus, left behind by the tourists. In that way, it reminded me of a beach close to home where I enjoy spending time. But the rubbish doesn’t detract too much from the striking location, which is also covered in small stacks of rocks, left by visitors who also want to cast a wish out over the ocean.
It’s definitely worth making the trip out to see the shipwreck if you’re ever on the island.