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Your holiday in Sal

Sal

Endless sunshine, pristine landscapes and the good life

 

The Cape Verde archipelago, off the coast of Senegal, is the home of the famous singer Cesaria Evora and is comprised of around fifteen islands. Each one contains wild and contrasting landscapes made up of immense expanses of dunes, volcanic reliefs and lush valleys. Its pristine beaches are particularly popular for kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving. Due to its history as a former overseas department of Portugal, it is steeped in Portuguese traditions, but it is also influenced by its location at the crossroads of three continents. You will captivated by the colours, warm atmosphere and gentle way of life in Cape Verde.

Sal

 

A seaside paradise and the good life

 

Sal is the northernmost island of Cape Verde. The island owes its name to the salt craters located in the extinct volcano of Pedra de Lume. It is mostly made up of plains and has the most developed infrastructure of all the islands. As rainfall is very rare here, the inland landscapes are mostly barren deserts. The powerful trade winds that roll into the island from November to June also make it a world-renowned destination for kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing.


Hotel areas

15.120142, -23.6051868

Santa Maria

 

 

Santa Maria

Located in the south of the island of Sal, Santa Maria is one of the most popular seaside towns in Cape Verde, thanks to its long sandy beach and clear waters. It is not only a paradise for those who love peace and quiet, but also a prime spot for surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers. Santa Maria’s main landmark is a colonial building where salt was once weighed before being exported. The village also boasts a number of souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and even two nightclubs. Distance from the airport: 15 km.


Must-do & Must-see - our suggestions

Must-do

  • Visit the Pedra de Lume salt crater, a remnant of the island's rich past from which it draws its name (Sal means "salt" in Portuguese). Let the salt water wash over you as you bathe in the basins at the heart of the crater.
  • Try your hand at water sports and make the ocean your playground. Whether you're a beginner or expert, the island offers ideal conditions for kitesurfing, diving and surfing.
  • Experience the thrill of exploring Sal's hidden gems on a quad bike. From immense dunes to heavenly beaches, the spectacular landscapes of the island are even more impressive at high speed!

 

Must-see

  • Don't miss the breathtaking spectacle of Buracona Bay, where you can see the blue eye – an amazing natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun's rays are reflected in the turquoise water.
  • Spend some time watching the flurry of fishing boats returning to the port of Santa Maria filled with huge fish. You may even get the chance to taste them in one of the seafront restaurants.
  • A guided tour of Shark Bay is sure to provide some thrills! See lemon sharks in their natural habitat, and, if you’re feeling brave, you can even get up close and personal with them.

 


Excursions

Excursions will allow you to discover your destination from all perspectives. LuxairTours offers a range of selected tours that will allow you to discover unmissable places, paradisiacal beaches, typical dishes... LuxairTours organises a range of quality excursions for you.

  • This trip will take you through Murdeira to the charming fishing village of Palmeira, and then follow the east coast up to the natural pools of Buracona. After a short swim, you will head to Terra Boa to enjoy the unique optical illusion of the Fata Morgana mirage. The tour ends with a visit to the extinct volcano of Pedra de Lume, whose crater is filled with salt mines.

  • This activity will give you a unique perspective on the Cape Verde Islands. From the comfort of the Catamaran, you will be gently rocked by the waves as you enjoy the beautiful panorama unveiling itself before your eyes. The contrast between the steep rocky coasts and the turquoise water is even more striking when seen from the sea. Halfway through the trip, you will have some time to swim, snorkel, fish or simply relax on the deck and enjoy the sunshine. Thanks to Cape Verde’s prime location 450 kilometres from the African continent, you may also be lucky enough to spot some whales and dolphins swimming next to your boat. You’ll be in safe hands with the friendly crew, who will take good care of you throughout the trip.

    The activity lasts approximately 3 hours and includes transfer to and from the hotel and a drink on board.

  • This 2-hour activity will give you an overview of several must-see sites such as the Santa Maria salt flats, Kite Beach, which particularly popular with surfers, the Serra Negra natural park and its beautiful viewpoint, as well as the desert and oasis of Palha Verde. You will also stop at Ponta Preta beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

    A quad bike for 2 people (CFmoto 500cc, 4x4) equipped with a windscreen and a storage box will be at your disposal. A wetsuit, helmets, goggles and water are also provided.

    The driver must be 18 years old and have a valid driving licence. Passengers must be at least 12 years old.

  • This 2-hour activity will take you to several must-see sites such as the Santa Maria salt flats, Kite Beach, the Serra Negra Natural Park and the Palha Verde desert and oasis. You will also head to Algodoeiro to see the ruins of the old slave houses and stop at Ponta Preta, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

    The tour is available from Monday to Saturday and drivers must be at least 18 years old. This activity is not recommended for children under 6 years old.

  • Discover the exceptional seabed of Cape Verde. The PADI certified diving centre offers different diving courses and packages depending on your level.

    The particularly popular Double-Dive package includes a transfer from the hotel to the boat and two diving sessions (plus equipment rental at around 20€ per person).

  • This activity will allow you to experience one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world. Thanks to its particularly rich food resources, Cape Verde is a breeding ground and refuge for several species of turtle. Between July and mid-October, you can observe Caretta-Caretta turtles laying their eggs, or even see the eggs hatch and watch the baby turtles make their way to the ocean.

    In order not to disturb this extraordinary event, you will be asked to wear dark clothing and to pay particular attention to the guide's instructions. The use of a camera is possible on request, but always without flash.

  • This activity gives you the unique opportunity to observe sharks in their natural environment and - if you're feeling brave - even to get close to them!

    If you wish to go into the water, please bring appropriate footwear (flip-flops are not allowed).

    This activity last two hours and includes a transfer to and from Pedra de Lume and the services of a guide.

For more information and bookings, please contact your LuxairTours guide on site.


Important information

 

Compulsory  ecological tax: this tax is applicable will be invoiced directly in the hotels. The following terms and conditions apply:

Total:

  • 276 CVE (approx. €2,50) per person/night up to a maximum of 10 nights per person/stay
  • this tourist tax does not apply to children under 16 years of age

 

Compulsory airport security tax (TSA): this tax of 31.00 euros per person is already included in the price of the package. Excluded are "flight only" or "hotel only" reservation and bookings made at short notice less than 7 days before departure, for which the tax is be paid locally.



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