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Sal Rei

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Sal Rei is a town on the northwestern coast of the island of Boa Vista in eastern Cape Verde. Sal Rei is the island's main urban settlement, and the seat of the Boa Vista Municipality. Its 2010 population was 5,778. Sal Rei has been island capital since the mid 1800s. The name of the settlement means "Salt King" in Portuguese. This name stems from when the island's main industry was salt production, saltpans lies north of the town, urban development now built into some of the saltpans.Sal Rei has a port on the bay and has ferry routes to the islands of Santiago (Praia), Sal (Santa Maria) and Maio (Vila do Maio). The port was very tiny, it was expanded in 1993 and was expanded again in 2015. West of the port, the small islet of Ilhéu de Sal Rei, which is mainly sandy and grassy, lies in the harbor.Tourism is a major industry of Sal Rei in the area of Praia de Cabral, new hotels popped up in the south and southeast of town and more of it along with villas further north along the ocean even inside its saltpans.SubdivisionsSubdivisions include the Historic center, the western portion, Ilhéu de Sal Rei, Barracas which is predominantly low-class, Praia de Cabral, the industrial northeast, the eastern portion and the poorest portion of the city further east .
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