In addition to attractions such as the Praia de Estoril and Centro de Artes e Cultura, there is the long and beautiful Praia de Santa Mónica on the island's southern coast, as well as the beaches of Curralinho and Varandinha. It's worth whizzing through the village of Povoaçao Velha, the Viana Desert – great to visit on a full-moon night; Migrante Guesthouse offers tours – and the oasis town of Rabil.

While you can't take in all these sights in one day, two days is more than enough to see the entire island. Several agencies in town offer excursions, including Sabura Center.