WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
It was from the island of Sal that Cabo Verde began to trigger for tourism in the 60 sof last century. At that time, the famous beach of Santa Maria was still a privilege of a few, but today is the favorite paradise of thousands of tourists who visit Cape Verde annually, and a mandatory image in any tourist postcard of the islands. From the first hotel, “Morabeza”, the island has hosted the largest number of the hills resorts in the country and is also the largest tourist gateway in Cabo Verde, along with Boavista.
With the tourist demand, the foreign private investment in the sector also increased. Italian, Portuguese, English, Spanish and many citizens of the West African Coast make this island have a multicultural identity.
For this reason it is also known as the “more European” island of Cabo Verde, but where prevails much of Cabo Verdean life and being. Where there is no shortage of a good cachupa or a couscous with honey.
WHERE TO STAY
Although Sal is famous for its all inclusive resorts, all situated on the waterfront, with access to the beaches, the island has a wide range of accommodation. Especially in Santa Maria, where there are several boarding houses and aparthotels, searched by lovers of water sports. Given the demand, the ideal is to make reservations before arriving at the island.
WHERE TO EAT
CIf there is an island where there is no shortage of places to eat, it is Sal. Whether in Espargos or in Santa Maria, the offer is varied, with gastronomy of several stops. In Santa Maria you can eat Italian pizza or pasta, such as a “Mexican” taco, or seafood rice, where you will not miss lobster. The offer is vast, as is the demand. If it is high season, prevent yourself and make a reservation.
WHERE TO BUY
There are several shops and some handicraft markets scattered around Santa Maria, but also in Espargos and Palmeira. The offer of products is varied and ranges from the grogue of Cabo Verde to the Wine of Fogo, passing through paintings, sculptures and other decorative objects. Not to mention costume jewelry and African fabric clothing. Believe that in Sal it is difficult to choose.
Famous for its waves, and for the marine richness, the island of Sal is the paradise of water sports and, therefore, the most sought of the country for the practice of various modalities. Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle, scuba diving, spear fishing are just a few. There is no shortage of equipment rental shops and instructor services for beginners in the different modalities available in Santa Maria.
In just over 5 minutes by car, from Santa Maria you can reach the “Kitebeach”, a paradise dedicated to lovers of the sport, owned by one of the former world champions Mitu Monteiro. The Pronta Preta beach is also famous for its waves, suitable for Kite and Windsurf maneuvers.