Sand clouds that winds sweep away from the Sahara desert and dragover the Atlantic contribute to the delight of tourists from around the world who have recently discovered the Cape Verdean island of Sal. It should not be said that every clouds have a silver lining, but the dramatic reduction on the export of salt on the early eighties of last century, was soon compensated by the enjoyment of the long and magnificent beaches of Sal Island by people who love nature and travel.

View from a plane, the island of Sal displays a lunar landscape, albeit less rugged than that Earth’s satellite. The desert aridity, which reminds us of images of the Sahara, is likely to evoke a phenomenon of rupture and displacement of land across the Atlantic, the image of Saramago’s stone raft.


Lovers of beaches of white and clean sand stretched for kilometers to the warm waters border find in the island of Sal what they want, from pure, untouched nature to the refinements of the hotels geared to guess the wishes of guests.

Sand clouds, the sandy haze as they call it here, continue to arrive but are not always regarded with displeasure – at least its consequences. The beaches are renewed, the windsthat bring the sand animate the windsurfers and other radical practitioners such as kite surfers, and the rough seas raise the euphoria of new walkers on water, the surfers.



There is a very wide range of accommodation available in Sal, with Hotels, aparthotel, and boarding houses, most of them are located in Santa Maria. Nevertheless, there are cheaper lodging alternatives in Espargos, and a tourist village in Murdeira.


Similar to lodging, the restaurants and bars of the island are concentrated in Santa Maria and in Espargos. The majority of the visitors go to the restaurants located in the small square of Santa maria.