About Sal

About Sal

 

History of Sal

Antonio da Nola Portuguese Navigator discovered the Sal Island in 1460 and its settlement began in the 19TH century. Its name is due to the discovery of a mineral salt mine in the town of “Pedra do Lume”. Despite being an island of volcanic origin is rather flat with some mountains just north of the island. It is a desert island with scarce vegetation. This island of Cape Verde became known as an exporter of salt until about 80 years of the last century, and was also the first to have an international airport. The island is fairly close to the African continent, suffers the influence of hot and dry winds from the Sahara desert carrying sand of desert also causing an intense fog sometimes called “dry mist”.

We can recommend some online hotels in Sal island in Cape Vert in order to visit the island available in different type of accommodation and available budget: Hotel SmartLine Crioula, Pensão Les Alizes, Hotel Porto Antigo, Hotel Oasis Salinas Sea, Hotel Dunas de Sal ou Hotel Oasis Belorizonte

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Porto da Palmeira

Pequeno Porto na ilha do Sal

The municipality of Sal consists of only one parish “Nossa Senhora das Dores”(The Lady Mary of Sorrows). The Capital is the city of Espargos that is the main urban centre of the island and where to concentrate all entities and services. Espargos is very close to the Airport, Amilcar Cabral and is nowadays the main point of entry into the country. Palmeira is a village in the South considered the third largest village on the island of Sal. In the port of Palmeira entering most of the products necessary for the survival of its inhabitants.

Vila de Espargos e o Aeroporto Internacional

Vila de Espargos e o Aeroporto Internacional

There are natural swimming areas and waters as the famous ´Buracona ´ where the blue sea contrasts with black lava rocks, near there we can find the so-called “Odjo Azul” known as because when the Sun’s light reflects in the water, the blue colour is intense and of a rare beauty that by their shape is reminiscent of a human eye. This water inlet has underwater communication with the sea, being a very interesting diving spot.

Piscina natural de Regona

Piscina natural de Regona

“Pedra de Lume” is a small village where we can find the “Salinas” who gave name to the island. Stone Fire is inside an ancient volcano crater where the seawater percolates and evaporates and it is made from a tunnel. This unique landsCapee contrasts with the blue sea and the white of salt where you can take a relaxing and rejuvenating bath because it is 26 times saltier than the sea.

Salinas de Pedra de Lume

Salinas de Pedra de Lume

The city of “Santa Maria” is the tourist destination of excellence centre and very easy access to the airport. Is the city where the largest number of hotels located near the most beautiful and longest beach of the island, the beach of “Santa Maria”. Its expansive Sands with about 8 miles of golden Sands and turquoise coloured waters, winds blow daily is an invitation to practice nautical sports lovers including several international competitions as the international circuit of wind surfing, its transparent waters invite to sport fishing and diving where you can see sharks, morays, rays, whales, dolphins.

Vila e Praia de Santa Maria

Vila e Praia de Santa Maria

Due to its topography quite gritty salt island is also chosen by many practitioners of off-road. Mountain bike rides or in vehicles TT (jeeps and quad) are well known, nowadays tries to avoid some routes that are used for spawning of the turtle, which is endangered by the misuse of these vehicles, in addition to hunting. Apart from extensive beaches of white sand and the presence of natural rock pools, one of the main natural attractions of the island of Sal is his maritime fauna biodiversity and resident and migratory seabirds. All this makes the island of Sal is the main focus of tourist attractor of the country. The nightlife also has no limits, mostly in the town of “Santa Maria” where you will find the best known bars, discos and restaurants with live music to offer to its clients.

Vila Moderna na ilha do Sal "Murdeira Village"

Vila Moderna na ilha do Sal “Murdeira Village”

It is on the beach of “Santa Maria” which is one of the most important and the biggest music festivals in Capee Verde. Organized by the municipality of Sal became a grand festival even at international level. The festival is usually in the second half of September. Travel to various national and international artists and groups, as well as people of all the other islands and the world. Arrive to watch not only a music festival but also a set of parallel activities; food fairs, contemporary and modern dance performances, crafts fairs. In addition to the known cachupa (a prepared with corn, beans, various meats and vegetables), the typical local dish is the seafood especially lobster grilled several varieties of fish.

Pescadores na Praia de Santa Maria

Pescadores na Praia de Santa Maria

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