Though flat, desolate and overdeveloped, Sal boasts more tourists than some other island. They get into three categories: the package-holiday crowd, hard-core windsurfers and others in transit to more interesting islands. If you don't mind the heavy tourist crowds, Sal includes a fine restaurant scene, a lot of nightlife and many lovely beaches where one can unwind and get some water sports.
The largest town is Espargos, next to the international airport, most people stay close to the pretty beach in Santa Maria, 18km southerly.
The great attraction would be the surreal, lunarlike Pedra do Lume. Other landmarks include the fish market in Palmeira, the gorgeous Igrejinha beach for the far eastern end of Santa Maria as well as the Buraconanatural swimming pool area (time your visit for noon to discover the Blue Eye, an organic and natural light effect in a underground pool).
Sal has abundant lodging options, high of them geared for visitors on package tours. Santa Maria may be the epicentre from the lodging scene in Sal, though you'll also find resorts strung across the coast, west and north of Santa Maria.
Sal features a varied restaurant scene, that has a mix of beachfront cafes, fine Italian restaurants, inexpensive local eateries and bars with good pub fare. Outside Santa Maria, option is sparse.
Drinking & Nightlife
Bars dot the streets of Santa Maria, high are an abundance of places to participate in the mostly foreign crowds over cocktails. Elsewhere around the island, situations are pretty quiet.
Travel with Children
Travel in Cabo Verde can be quite a great experience for the kids. There are gorgeous beaches just for fun days bright day, eerie volcanic landscapes and great walks (including short rambles) amid lush valleys and towering peaks. Plus, locals are inclined to lavish attention on kids. Logistics of active the archipelago can be difficult, so it is wise to plan well - and never to pack in a lot of travel. Pick one, several islands and allow a lot of down time to take pleasure from the slow pace of Cabo Verdean life.
Travelling with infants and incredibly young children will show the biggest challenges, as baby seats can be a rarity for vehicle hire, and high chairs and changing facilities are uncommon. A sturdy pram is critical for sometimes treacherous cobblestone streets and sandy paths. A few key destinations for the kids:
Sal Best variety of Western-style restaurants, ample beach activities, resort-style accommodation.
Boa Vista Laid-back, walkable centre near pretty beaches. Easy day trips to desert-like interior, an abandoned seaside village and deserted beaches.
Maio Play around the beaches with village kids, good local and Italian restaurants.
Additionally, São Vicente and Santo Antão generate a fine combination, just like Fogo and Brava. Inter-island ferries connect these island pairs on scenic boat rides that last under one hour.
The airport comes with a ATM, a bureau de change, free (but rarely working) wi-fi as well as a tourist info booth. TACV Has several flights daily to/from Praia, five weekly to São Vicente, five weekly to Boa Vista and three weekly to São Nicolau.
There are presently no regular inter-island ferries at Sal. The port are at Palmeira, about 4km northwest of Espargos. Did you get this post useful? Please click the social network button below to share this article. You also can leave your comments from the space provided below.