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Sal, beautiful Cape Verde Island

Posted by Clotilde Zupi on 02/06/2021
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The small island offers much more than meets the eye. From the simple beauty of its desert moors to the exuberance of its sea. But the best thing about the Cape Verdean archipelago is being seduced by its people.

The first impression that Sal gives from the air is that the only thing to do on the island is to jump from beach to beach and nothing else. Even so, this little piece of rocks and sands is the most visited destination in Cape Verde. Beaches and water sports (it is one of the best places in the world to practice kitesurfing) are the main attraction of a piece of land that is barely 30 kilometers long and 12 at its widest point. A small and flat rock that, with its 400 meters high on the Monte Grande, does not reach the humid air currents that come from the center of the Atlantic. That is why it was the last of the Cape Verde islands to have a significant population, beyond the few fishermen and workers from the salt flats that inhabited it before the new manna of Tourism arrived. Sal, is the key that explains it and that is in its own name. The abundance and quality of the island’s salt had been known for a long time, but the Pedro Lume Salt Flats began to be exploited commercially at the beginning of the 19th century. It was the beginning of the island’s history; the only one in the Archipelago that does not have fresh water sources.

Sal is much more than its fantastic beaches and its almost omnipresent hot wind. For now, its airport is the main gateway to the country and destination for most flights that arrive from abroad. And that must be taken advantage of. If you want to sunbathe, wind or kite and put on your goggles and snorkel, here is a little earthly paradise where the sun shines practically 365 days a year. But if you want something more, you can dedicate many more days to Sal to discover this little-known but wonderful destination.

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