Sal is the most developed of all the Cape Verde Islands in terms of tourism. You’ll find everything from trendy surf shops to colourful cafés and restaurants. It is an island for beach lovers and is considered to be amongst the world’s top five windsurfing locations. It has water sports galore, such as surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing, diving, whale watching, kite surfing and deep-sea fishing. Although very dry and rather baron, it has one of the best beaches in Cape Verde, 8km of soft sands with turquoise translucent waters that offer the most ideal conditions for a classic beach holiday…
International Flights: There are four international airports in Cape Verde, but Sal has what is probably the busiest of the four. It is possible to fly to any of these four airports and then use the domestic flights to connect. However, if you are staying on Sal, then there are flights into Amilcar Cabral International Airport from many cities in Europe. The airlines listed below fly into Sal. A visa is required to enter Cape verde and this can be purchased on arrival for €25. Some airlines include the visa with their ticket price, so you should check with the airline. Domestic flights operated by TACV and Binter connect Sal with the other islands that make up Cape Verde.
Sal International Airport: (Amilcar Cabral) Live Arrivals and Departures
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Airlines that fly to Sal International Airport
- TACV – Destinations
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- RAM – Destinations
- TAAG – Destinations
- BINTER (Local)
- BINTER (International)
- TUIFLY – Destinations
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Tourism on Sal is the most developed in Cape Verde, with the superb beaches offering water sports and sunbathing opportunities. If it is activities that you are looking for then Sal is the island for you.
The beaches of Sal provide ideal settings for most water sports. The beaches are excellent and varied, and water sports such as swimming, surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing, diving, cave diving, fly-boarding, jetty jumping, sailing and kite surfing. On the east of the island Kite Beach is a mecca for kite surfers, where the wind conditions are ideal.
Horse riding is possible and there are organisations offering this service. Excursions are offered with a guide and give opportunities to ride along the coasts on the east and the west sides of the island. Cape Verdean Breed horses are a mixture of Arabian and local horses.
Quad bikes can be hired from several companies in Santa Maria and are usually hired for a half day or full day. They are great fun and provide the opportunity to explore the island. Care needs to be taken not to drive them in restricted areas, which have been designated in order to protect the turtles. Heading up the east coast to Kite Beach and the mountains beyond is easily possible in a half day. You are advised not to wear smart clothes, you are likely to end up rather sandy.
At the right time of year (June – October) it is possible to undertake nighttime guided walks to see the turtles nesting. SOS Tartarugas was sent up in 2007 out of concern for the wellbeing of the turtles and to attempt to save the nests that were at risk. Each walk takes approximately two hours, but places are limited and so it is necessary to book in advance. the walks are about 3km in length.
Viviero Garden Centre and Farm
Not far from Santa Maria, on the road to the airport and Espargos, you will find Viviero Gardens. It is open to the public from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. In addition to buying plants, it is a botanical garden and a petting zoo. All the plants are endemic to Cape Verde, including many different types of palm trees, cactus and succulents.
Ground Floor Apartment (sleeps 6)
Tropical Resort is just 300m from the beautiful sandy beach of Santa Maria. The apartments area arranged around a lovely garden and the swimming pool. The gardens and pool are for shared use and sun loungers are provided around the pool. Bars, restaurants and two small supermarkets are just a two minute walk away.
The apartment is furnished to a high standard, and comprises two bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with two single beds. The living room is comfortable and has a television. The kitchen includes a gas hob and fridge-freezer and has all the equipment needed for self-catering.The external terrace overlooks the gardens and gets the morning sun making it a great place to enjoy breakfast.
The town centre of Santa Maria is a 10 minute walk and that walk can be either along the beach or along the road. The airport is just a 15 minute drive by taxi. Cars can be hired, but taxis are relatively cheap and so car hire is not essential.
Photos of Sal island