Sun, beach and Cape Verdean island life
Situated off the northwest coast of Africa, Sal is one of ten islands which, together with several islets, constitute the volcanic archipelago of Cape Verde. Graced with a breath-taking combination of miles-long sandy beaches, agreeable temperatures and almost year-round sunshine, the Cape Verde islands tick all the boxes, especially in the way of weather and climate.
The flattest of the Cape Verde islands, Sal boasts crystal-clear water, steady northeast trade winds and a rich diversity of marine flora and fauna, making it a sun worshipper’s paradise and a unique setting for scuba divers, wind and wave surfers. The winter months are the best time to visit for those who prefer warm to hot temperatures.
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Edelweiss tips for Sal (Cape Verde)
Sightseeing in your Cape Verde holidays
The island’s name “Sal” means salt in Portuguese and stems from its long history as a salt mining centre. That being said, the “salinas” are still well worth visiting; the saline lake is an impressive place to swim in – though, given its remarkably high salt content, visitors can expect to float rather than swim in the lake. View in maps
The picturesque fishing village of Palmeira is home to Sal’s largest and most important port. Despite its large wharf and port facilities, Palmeira’s picturesque centre has not lost its original character and includes a charming market held in the old market hall. View in maps
Scuba divers diving off the coast of Sal will not want to forgo the fantastic underwater caves and reefs located some three miles north of Palmeira. View in maps
Sporting first-rate seaside weather and white-sand beaches bordered by luxury hotel resorts, the town of Santa Maria in the south of Sal island is a dream come true for bona-fide beach lovers. Cosy outdoor restaurants, pastel-hued houses and a slew of boutiques provide for a relaxed ambience. View in maps
Visitors venture on an island-hopping tour: whether it be white sand dunes on São Vicente, traditional villages on the green island of Santo Antão or impressive volcanic landscapes on the isle of Fogo, this lovely corner of the world has it all. View in maps