Sal Island

Travel to Sal Island – White Sand Beaches & Turquoise Sea

Windswept and arid Sal Island is the archipelago’s flattest island and the most developed for travel – home to a number of international hotels, restaurants and the nation’s principal airport. Famed for ‘Santa Maria’, its 8-km long south coast beach, the island is also a mecca for adrenaline sports enthusiasts in search of some of the best windsurfing, surfing, kite-surfing and deep-sea angling on earth. The diving isn’t too bad either!

Long in shape, Sal is 30km long by no more than 12km wide and was first discovered in 1460 when the island was christened with the name of ‘Llana’, meaning flat, due to its unusual relief.

  • Relax and enjoy the fine white sands and turquoise-blue waters of Santa Maria beach
  • Ride the waves off Santa Maria beach – one of the world’s top five windsurfing spots
  • A necessary transit point on an island-hopping tour of Cape Verde

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