Sal is a relatively small island that is home to several up and coming resorts. While it might not be brimming with waterparks and other attractions that can be found in more established holiday destinations, many returning visitors claim that to go on holiday in Sal is an experience in and of itself.
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The Cape Verde islands maintain pleasant temperatures throughout the year, with highs peaking close to 30°C in the summer months and the mid-twenties in the winter, making this an ideal holiday destination, whenever you plan to travel.
Please note that these temperatures are average highs for Cape Verde and were correct at the time of writing.
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All-inclusive hotels on the island of Sal feature a great selection of food from around the world, from international buffets to à la carte restaurants, serving Asian, Mediterranean and Italian and local favourites. Being a relatively small island, expect to find seafood grills at most hotels, along with barbeques, seasonal meals, fusion dining and show cooking.
Most Sal hotels have a range of swimming pools, including adults-only and ones intended for younger holidaymakers. Sal hotels are usually well-equipped and often have facilities for water sports, team sports and more relaxing activities such as table tennis, pool and more.
If you prefer to continue to look after yourself, even while away on holiday, you’ll be pleased to know that many Sal hotels have gym and spa facilities, providing indulgent massages and exercise equipment, as well as beauty treatments.
In the evenings you’ll find that most hotels put on shows that can include live music as part of a themed night, and some hotels even have their very own nightclub, meaning that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your resort to enjoy a lively evening.
There are some truly stunning beaches in Sal, and because many of the all-inclusive hotels are located right next to the beach (some of which are private), you don’t have to worry about straying too far from your hotel to make the most of your beachside holiday.
Who Goes There?
Some experienced holidaymakers consider holidays to Cape Verde to be a unique experience, and being one of the cheaper all-inclusive holiday destinations, expect to find exploration hungry holidaymakers looking for a value break abroad.
While there are facilities for children, Cape Verde is currently geared more towards adults, particularly couples, however as time goes on and the island becomes more popular, expect more family friendly resorts and attractions to become common place.
Being such a small island, much of Sal is within walking distance, however, in the event that you want to venture further, we would recommend looking into the exceptionally well-run bus network that offers fixed pricing, meaning that you won’t be paying more than local residents.
There are a few private hire companies around the island, but as these are invariably one-man operations, it’s wise to ask around for recommendations before making a booking.
With a mixture of Portuguese and African cultures, there is a lot to take in on the island of Sal, and while it might be lacking water parks and other family friendly holiday attractions, there are plenty of excursions that are ideal for adventurous adults and curious couples.
Great for families and big kids
Sail off on a Sea Turtle Catamaran Family – Enjoy the sights of Cape Verde as you sail the coast of Sal before setting down anchor in a beautiful bay where you’ll be invited to go for a swim. There are plenty of opportunities to grab a few good pictures on this relaxing sightseeing tour.
Dive aboard Neptunas – Explore the crystal clear depths of the Atlantic Ocean aboard this submarine-styled boat that includes a glass bottom and wall-to-wall windows that allow you to observe the vast array of sea life and underwater marvels, all without getting wet.
Great for adults and teenagers
Explore Sal by quad bike – Some claim that Cape Verde is one of the most diverse places to go snorkelling in the world, and with sights that can include striking coral reefs, elegant manta rays, impressive tuna and even the occasional turtle; it’s easy to see why.
Dip into a snorkelling safari – Some claim that Cape Verde is one of the most diverse places to go snorkelling in the world, and with sights that can include striking coral reefs, elegant manta rays, impressive tuna and even the occasional turtle; it’s easy to see why.
See Sal in from a 4×4 – If you’d prefer to go sightseeing in Sal with a bit more comfort, then a 4×4 tour might be best for you. Tours can take in the legendary Buracona lagoon a seaside lava cave where the water appears to light up when the sun hits it just right, as well as the desert sands of Terra Boa, Espargos (the capital of Sal) and Pedra de Lume; a multi-coloured salt lake contained within an ancient crater.
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