Sal in Cape Verde

There is a lot more to Sal than its popular beautiful beaches and bustling Santa Maria.

On the approach, the island appears below you like a long-forgotten desert island. You can easily spot the Pedra de Lume salt pans on to the west and the half moon bay of Santa Maria to the south.

It is the most barren of the inhabited islands on the archipelago, but don’t let that put you off; there are some lovely sandy beaches and the water sports activities in Santa Maria are excellent with good diving, wind and kite surfing.

Surrounded by black lava rock Buracona looks like an inviting natural swimming pool, but don’t let this fool you, as often waves crash over the rock and care should be taken when you walk on the rocks. The nearby Blue Eye is an underground pool where only experienced divers dare to dive through the underground tunnel that eventually comes out into the sea.


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