Rabil, Cape Verde

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Praça em Rabil.jpg
Rabil is located in Cape Verde
Coordinates: 16°07′44″N 22°53′13″W / 16.129°N 22.887°W / 16.129; -22.887Coordinates: 16°07′44″N 22°53′13″W / 16.129°N 22.887°W / 16.129; -22.887
Country Cape Verde
Island Boa Vista
Municipality Boa Vista
Civil parish Santa Isabel
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 1,248
Postal code 5110, 5111

Rabil is a town on the island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde. It was the island's former capital.[2] Rabil is the island's second largest town, located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southeast of the island capital of Sal Rei. The population is approximately 1,000. The island's airport, Aristides Pereira International Airport, is situated near the town center. Not only it includes the airport, the built up area-greenspace includes the remaining west of Cape Verde's longest river, Ribeira do Rabil (in which the settlement is named after)[3] and its Important Bird Area and into the newly-created resorts.

View of Rabil from the airport
Praia de Chaves with its hotels and resorts in Rabil's west end

The town also has a foreign consulate, one of three in Cape Verde, the French consulate of the islands of Boa Vista and Maio. The only foreign consulate located in Rabil.

Both airport serves and tourism are its main industry.

In the lower part of the river, the area had no forests until the 1990s, today, most of that section are forested up to the area of the airport.

Two beaches are in the west of Rabil including Praia da Boca de Salina and the northern part of Praia da Chave. Hotels and villas west of town include Karamboa featuring Arabesque-Moorish architecture and several in the subdivision of Cabeçadas including the Royal Decameron and Iberostar Club Boa Vista (or Rabil Resort). The first ones were built in 2003 or 2004 and the remainder in around 2010. Restaurants are also featured in that area, the most notable is Sodade di nha Terra[4]


SC África Show is Rabil's only football (soccer) club based in town. The town are also served by island wide clubs such as Académica Operária and Sporting Boa Vista.


  1. ^ "2010 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estatística Cabo Verde (in Portuguese). 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Coad, Jenny (28 August 2010). "Cape Verde: All adrift in the Atlantic". Mail Online. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ribeira do Rabil no seu verde" [Ribeira do Rabil at its Greenest]. A Semana (in Portuguese). 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Restaurante Sodade di nha Terra - CABOVERDE - 511048 - Rabil - Boavista - Capo Verde - Cape Verde". Retrieved 2 February 2017.