Sal Island Holiday Information
To the east of the group of Cape Verde islands off of the African coast, is Sal Island. Just 30 km in length from north to south and 12 km wide, Sal Island is a relatively flat island particularly in the south around Santa Maria and Palmeira in the west. Boasting sunshine nearly all year, the wetter season runs from August to mid October, although the rainfall is low.
The soft white sandy beaches stretch nearly as far as the eye can see, and draw travellers to Sal Island from near and far, making the island ideal for long relaxing holidays in the sun, currently with little tourism. Espargos is Sal Island’s capital with one of the more popular villages of Palmeira just five kilometres away. Santa Maria is also a newly developing area to the south of Sal, and it is here that ferry routes run to Mindelo on Sao Vicente, Sal Rei on Boa Vista Island and Santiago (Cape Verde’s largest island).
Shellfish dishes are the perfect meal on Sal Island and there are a number of superb restaurants around Espargos and Santa Maria. For water sports and land activities, Santa Maria is also the prime spot although as the island is so flat, cycling and walking is very popular on Sal Island.
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More about Sal Island
On Sal Island you will discover beautiful white sandy beaches lapped by warm tropical waters. Water sports are extensive in the south especially around Santa Maria and include kite surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving. As tourism is relatively new on Sal Island, not all beaches are fully equipped with facilities although this seems to add to the charm of the island.