Sal, Cape Verde

Although the landscape is very barren, Sal is the most developed of all the Cape Verde Islands in terms of tourism. There are some great beaches and the area is said to be one of the top 5 places in the world for windsurfing.

Sal

Visitors will find some great beaches where a variety of watersports can be found. The area is particularly good for windsurfing and is said to be one of the top 5 places in the world for windsurfing. The colourful towns are also full of life if you prefer to escape the beach for a day.

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Sal Hotels (23)

Murdeira Village Hotel Photograph of Murdeira Village Hotel
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Peaceful beach front complex offering various types of accommodation, family friendly facilities, fishing and water-sport opportunities....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Oasis Salinas Sea Hotel Photograph of Oasis Salinas Sea Hotel
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The Oasis Salinas Sea Hotel has an ideal beachfront location, just a short stroll from the centre of Santa Maria village....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

VOI Vila do Farol Hotel Photograph of VOI Vila do Farol Hotel
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Superior and comfortable hotel offering excellent facilities for both adults and children combined with a beachfront location....

3 / 5 from 1 reviews

Pontao Hotel Photograph of Pontao Hotel
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Near to the centre of Santa Maria offering basic yet attractive accommodation ideal for couples or families with older children on a budget....

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

Porto Antigo Aparthotel Photograph of Porto Antigo Aparthotel
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Comfortable apartments, perfect for those who want to be close to the beach as well as the centre of Santa Maria with its shops, bars and restaurants....

3.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

Porta Do Vento Hotel Photograph of Porta Do Vento Hotel
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Charming and comfortable hotel combining a friendly atmosphere with a central location, enabling guests to take advantage of local amenities....

1 / 5 from 1 reviews

Leme Bedje Residence Photograph of Leme Bedje Residence
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Leme Bedje Residence offers self catering apartments set around an outdoor pool complex with direct access to the beach....

2.3 / 5 from 4 reviews

Agua Hotels Sal Vila Verde Resort Photograph of Agua Hotels Sal Vila Verde Resort
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Agua Hotels Sal Vila Verde is a complex of studios and apartments situated just outside Santa Maria, on Sal Island. Offering self-catering accommodation for up to 4 people, the complex is just a short...

Central Hotel Photograph of Central Hotel
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Small hotel with spacious rooms in a central location; suitable for those looking for the smaller, quieter hotel....

Clubhotel Riu Funana Photograph of Clubhotel Riu Funana
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Clubhotel Riu Funana is set on extensive beaches and offers 24 hour all inclusive service with water activities, a Spa and entertainment for adults and children. The hotel shares facilities with its a...

Clubhotel Riu Garopa Photograph of Clubhotel Riu Garopa
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The Riu Garopa is situated 1.5 km from the centre of Santa Maria, on the beach with its sister hotel, the Riu Funana, offering guests a wide selection of amenities between the two hotels....

Da Luz Hotel Photograph of Da Luz Hotel
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The Da Luz Hotel is a small & simple hotel managed by a Cape Verdean family offering a traditional and friendly atmosphere....

Djadsal Holiday Club Photograph of Djadsal Holiday Club
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Situated next to the beach, the Djadsal Holiday Club is ideal for families and offers its guests a large swimming pool with pool bar, a restaurant, a disco bar and kid's club as well as organised acti...

Dunas De Sal Hotel Photograph of Dunas De Sal Hotel
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A perfect hotel for divers or those who like a modern minimalist hotel, the Dunas de Sal has just 49 rooms and a diving centre on-site. Further features include a swimming pool, kid's pool, restaurant...

Gest Plain Apartments Photograph of Gest Plain Apartments
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Gest Plain Apartments offer Self Catering facilities in a fantastic location in Santa Maria, Cape Verde. ...

Melia Tortuga Beach Resort And Spa Photograph of Melia Tortuga Beach Resort And Spa
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Melia Tortuga Beach Resort And Spa is an all inclusive resort of apartments and villas, set in front of an unspoiled natural beach on the outskirts of Santa Maria. The villas have private pools and al...

Morabeza Hotel Photograph of Morabeza Hotel
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Morabeza Hotel is set on a sandy beach, close to the village of Santa Maria. On-site facilities include a fresh water swimming pool, fitness room, 3 restaurants and 2 bars....

Oasis Atlantico Belorizonte Hotel Photograph of Oasis Atlantico Belorizonte Hotel
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Set right on the sandy beach, this 4 star hotel offers mainly bungalow accommodation with all the facilities needed for those that want rest and relaxation or to try out the watersports on offer....

Ponta Preta Apartments Photograph of Ponta Preta Apartments
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The Ponta Preta has just 21 apartments, some able to accommodate up to 8 people, ideal for groups or families looking for self catering accommodation close to the beach and resort centre....

Sab Sab Sal Beach Hotel Photograph of Sab Sab Sal Beach Hotel
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The Sab Sab Sal Beach Hotel is situated on the beach front and is approx 400m from the town centre....

Smartline Crioula Photograph of Smartline Crioula
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A 4 star complex located directly on a sandy beach, featuring a large outdoor swimming pool, entertainment and a kids club....

Sobrado Hotel Photograph of Sobrado Hotel
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Charming, new hotel in the heart of Santa Maria with easy access to the beach and all that the area has to offer....

Tropical Aparthotel Photograph of Tropical Aparthotel
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Tropical Aparthotel lies in a quiet location just a short stroll from the beachfront. It’s comfortable room and relaxed atmosphere make it a perfect choice for those seeking a peaceful break in Port...

Sal Reviews

Mr A Taylor, Birmingham

Holiday Date:7th Mar 2017
Accommodation:Leme Bedje Residence
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sea View
Board:Room Only
(5 suns)

We were in the Porto Antigo part of Sal and have never visited Cape Verde before so did not know what to expect. The people are friendly and like you to look at what they have to sell and bartering with them seems what they expect you to do until you agree a price. There weren't many shops where you could buy food for self catering but some times it's better not to have too much choice. There were two beach bars come restaurants by where we stayed, one belonging to our hotel and another serving other hotels, we tended to have our evening meals at these where you could sit and watch the sun go down overlooking the beach and ocean. The beaches are some of the finest I have been to, soft white sand and clear blue water for miles. Just great.

Mr J Davies, Wallasey

Holiday Date:7th Mar 2017
Accommodation:Leme Bedje Residence
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Sea View
Board:Room Only
(4 suns)

We enjoyed our stay in Sal despite problems with our accommodation. There's lots to see on the Island. Scuba Diving is good, though the dive sites available were restricted during our stay due to unusual sea conditions. Salinas is a must to visit, as is the wading with sharks.

Mrs R Ceesay, Leeds

Holiday Date:4th Mar 2017
Accommodation:Murdeira Village Hotel
Room:Suite
Board:All Inclusive
(5 suns)

Weather fabulous. Quiet. Beach is awesome, very friendly people.

Mr J Broadbent, Banbury

Holiday Date:10th Feb 2017
Accommodation:VOI Vila do Farol Hotel
Room:Bungalow
Board:All Inclusive
(4 suns)

Amazing.

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Beaches

Sal is a small island enjoying year round sunshine and surrounded by clear, warm waters. The island offers excellent opportunities for watersports, particularly snorkelling and scuba diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing, sailing and sport fishing.

Most of the tourist accommodation is located in Santa Maria and along the 8km long white sand beaches of the south coast.

Things to Do

Quad bike and jeep tours are readily available and ideal for exploring the natural landscapes of the island as well as the towns and villages.

At the small almost deserted village of Pedra de Lume, on the east coast, you can see the remains of the former salt mining equipment and cable car at the foot of the large crater. The crater is filled with a salt lake, which you can access via a tunnel and float effortlessly in the buoyant and mineral rich waters; although you might want to wear something on your feet as the bottom is covered with salt crystals. There is even a cafe inside where you can shower and take lunch.

Natural sights to see include the Buracona lagoon, a cave where the sun plays on the water to create the most luminous blue 'eye' and; the desert plains of Terra Boa, famous for it's sparkling mirage. The salt pans at Santa Maria and at Pedra de Lume are also a good spot for bird-watching.

Santa Maria

Santa Maria has some good seafood restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The local bars offer a great opportunity to soak up the Cape Verdean culture and African soul of the island, with many featuring local live bands and singers.

During the day, you can take a glass bottom boat trip to view the exotic underwater world in the crystal clear waters or go big game fishing for tuna and wahoo.

Out and About

Visit the port town of Palmeira on the west coast and stroll around its palm-lined streets, street markets and colourful shops and cafes. From here you can also take catamaran trips sailing around the south coast.

The capital of Espargos is located in the centre of the island, just outside the airport and, whilst not touristic, it does have supermarkets, restaurants and a few local craft shops.

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