Sal is an island known around the world for its majestic beaches. Year-round sun, an average of 350 days, provides a near-guarantee for beautiful weather to enjoy the clean, white sands and turquoise waters. Sal is among the flatter islands of Cabo Verde, with a maximum altitude of 406 m (1,332 ft.). From scuba diving in underwater caves and beautiful coral reefs, to a swim in the salt marshes of Pedra da Lume, the island of Sal offers many different experiences for the aquatic adventurer. The island of Sal is located to the far east of the Windward (Barlavento) group of islands in the archipelago.
The island of Sal is a destination for vacation seekers and owns the best infrastructure in the Republic of Cabo Verde when speaking about the tourism – Amilcar Cabral International Airport, the dazzling beach of Santa Maria and other attractive points like, for example, “Salinas de Pedra de Lume” make this island the most promising destination for the international tourism. Relentless efforts have been devoted to gradually expand quality international tourism by linking the tranquility of the island to the environment protection. The island of Sal still remains a virgin landscape where sea pollution or air pollution are basically unknown.
The sympathy and hospitality of the inhabitants of Sal, the relationship quickly established to the tourist arriving at Sal and the absence of illiteracy bring even more charm to the stay, making tourists feel at home. At the International Airport, various tourism agencies mark their presence providing information and service of quality. The island is also served by different commercial banks where one can exchange money upon arrival or departure.
Santa Maria is the tourist village par excellence due to its natural environment with long white sandy beaches and cool breezes that attracts more and more tourists and investors betting on its rapid development. For leisure time most hotels offers a complete leisure equipment like, game rooms, pitches for mini-golf, basketball, volleyball, a tennis-court and a gymnasium duly equipped for the most diverse exercises, in particular, aerobics. Between the swimming-pool, constantly replaced with the seawater, and the beach is Beach Club where one can swim, have a snack or simply a refreshing drink in the hot Cabo Verdean summer, give and take all 365 days a year. Who can ask for more?
The Windsurf Center located on the open beach, not only provides the tourists with all logistical support necessary for the practice of windsurfing but qualified teachers are also at their disposal, introducing them in any water sports activities. If you enjoy horseback riding, horses are available for renting, making your stay lively, enjoyable and marvelous.
At night, the Vila of Santa Maria becomes animated and exciting, the disco clubs are nevertheless the most preferable but the hotels environment in Santa Maria make the nights in Sal more alive than ever. The Piano Bar occupies a definite space in the night scene, where the enthusiasts of good music deeply rooted in the tradition of the country can hear the most talented of Cabo-verdean pianists play the piano. In the summer, the Cabo-verdean nights are filled with typical and lively music in which some of the best artists perform under the bright and clear stars.
The handicraft is the testimony to the Cabo-verdean culture in which a large variety of works of art is from the African continent which has increased in numbers. However, typical Cabo-verdean objects are available at various boutiques in Santa Maria. Of the various attractions, the island of Sal has, apart from the sea, is the unpolluted and virgin nature along with tranquility being offered to its tourists, the comfortable rooms, easy contact with any part of the world, availability for all kind of sports, the best gastronomy and animated nights all on the exotic beach of Santa Maria where one can have 300 days with plenty of sun and sea.