Barlavento Islands

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Barlavento islands (yellow)

The Barlavento islands (literally, the Windward), is the northern island group of Cape Verde archipelago.

It can be divided into two groups: Santo Antão, São Vicente, São Nicolau, Santa Luzia islands and Branco and Raso islets lie to the west and are rocky, volcanic, agricultural islands.

Sal and Boa Vista lie to the east and are flat, desert islands with economies once based on salt and now turning to tourism, having more in common with Maio among the Sotavento.

Minor islets include Ilhéu de Sal-Rei and Ilhéu do Baluarte (or Ilhéu do Roque) off Boa Vista, Ilhéu dos Pássaros off São Vicente and Ilhéu Rabo de Junco off Sal.

Coordinates: 17°00′N 24°00′W / 17.000°N 24.000°W / 17.000; -24.000