Buracona - Olho Azul
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Paul M
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK301 contributions
Aug 2022
Definitely a 'must-do' experience if visiting Sal.

The small entrance fee (€3 each) is worth it.

You get to visit the cove, interesting rock formations (reminiscent of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland), and the Blue Eye. That last, is basically a deep hole into the ground with water at the bottom. It only looks blue when its' pretty bright sunshine.

The whole thing takes 1-2 hours to go around - more if you want to swim in the cove (it's probably a lot of fun in the waves if you're a strong swimmer), and more still if you go to the cafe for lunch.

If you're into geology you'll love it.
Written August 24, 2022
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AUSLion
London, UK1,342 contributions
Jan 2022
Visited as part of our Sal island tour, on a windy and choppy day. Definitely worth a visit and the EUR3 per person was not too expensive (I guess cheap in comparison to other tourist sites around the world).

They have spent some time to make an effort, with toilets on site, a cafe/restaurant, good quality paths and even a rock garden that is a scale replica of the island of Cabo Verde.

Some great photos of the waves crashing upon the rocks. On a calm day, you can apparently swim, which would have been great, but way too choppy on our visit, so the water was closed.

The blue eye is sometimes visible in a cave section of the rocks. The disappointing thing was the speed of they visit to try and see it. With bus loads and truck loads of tours, with the stop a very popular one, you are ushered into a line, given about 10 seconds to 'look' and then moved on for the next group to come in. Not much chance to see it unless the timing is perfect.

Also, being on a tour, we had a limited time to stay and watch the crashing waves - if you manage to come by your own steam, you could spend some more.

Overall, still worth the visit and one of the key spots to see on Sal.
Written March 13, 2022
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Fredbear_Hull
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK922 contributions
Jan 2022
Great place to visit, nightmare to get there!

we visited in our hired 4x4. the map calls this a 'road'. I'd call it a top gear challenge! the road was pretty bad and I wouldn't bring a normal car down here.

once there its 3 euros to get in, anyone who says its not good value is tighter than me! they've done quite a lot on the area, maps of the islands from shells, a view point and of Cours ether blue eye.

what was good for us was the two pools you can swim in. the open pool an date secret one over the edge. the secret pool gives a great photo that the local guide took for us.

highly recommended
Written January 31, 2022
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Guillermo M
Brugg, Switzerland90 contributions
Feb 2020
Have you ever seen waves hitting rocks? That's it.
Have you ever seen the reflection of the sky on the water? It's just that.
Around it they have built a shop, a restaurant, and a weird tiny "museum" with a few pictures and water tanks with some poor fish. So you have to pay an entry fee.
It's plainly ridiculous and a waste of time. I was all the time wondering what the hell are the other people seeing here, and why they seem to enjoy that so much.
If you wish to have a waves against the sea shore experience, any other rocky spot in any other island will do. Go to Fogo, Sao Antao, Sao Vicente,... Plus, you will blend into the local culture and life, and you will not be treated like a sheep.
Written February 16, 2020
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nomadale
New York City, NY245 contributions
Nov 2022
As the sun shines into a cave, and illuminates the sea, it forms the appearance of a large blue eye - time limited from about 10:30 - 13:30 otherwise the sun's angle won't give you the effect.

It's pretty but a bit over-hyped, though on an island with is flat and arid with limited attractions I can see the appeal.

If the sea is calm you can swim in the rock pools and there's an overlook of the area, the black lava cliffs and crashing waves that are very pretty.
Written November 16, 2022
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Juliana C
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Dec 2021 • Couples
A bit of a tourist trap because you need to pay an extra fee to see the blue eye. A queue to see a bit of blue reflected in a water hole. Something that you could see in the middle of other rocks everywhere around the world. If it is a foggy day, don’t go because it will just be a black eye!
Written December 4, 2021
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keefnjojo
Plymouth, UK1,344 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We stopped here as part of an island tour.

This place really needs a sunny day to be able to see the blue eye itself but the area its located in is excellent and for us it was a breezy day so the waves were crashing on the rocks which was mesmerising to see.

There is a cafe and toilets available and we could imagine on a sunny day its a wonderful place to be.
Written December 28, 2021
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Lester B
New York City, New York64 contributions
Dec 2019
Check both the time of day and year before going to see Olho Azul. When I went, the Blue Eye was not even visible in the cave and there was over an hour wait to get to see it. The location is spectacular so even if the Olho Azul is a bust, you can enjoy a terrific scenic view.
Written January 9, 2020
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Pardubitzer
Pardubice, Czech Republic45 contributions
Oct 2021
The place itself is very nice (especially in contrast to surrounding landscape full of sand and dust). The problem is, that there´s just very little time to enjoy it. Tourguides give you just a minute or two to take a look at the blue eye and a similar problem is with the pool. The restaurant above the complex is good, cold drinks came in handy.
Written November 24, 2021
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Sandancer77
Wemyss Bay, UK1,902 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We visited as part of an organised tour of the island. Had a bit of a wait as it was very busy but they do have seating inside and out and a cafe. The Blue Eye is rather impressive. Thankfully we were able to see it as the sun came out for us. Good photo opportunity. You can look around the area and watch people swimming in the water below. Well worth a visit.
Written May 24, 2022
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