Sal Island in 1 Day: Fabulous Riu Sal Hotels overlooking majestic shores
The tiny Sal Island emerges hesitantly from the Atlantic offering a desert-like landscape, a reminder that we are at the same latitude as the Sahara. The sparseness of the land in no way suggests that at one time this island and the others in the Cape Verde archipelago were blanketed with thick green vegetation. The landscape induces you to look towards the sea: the idyllic beaches encompassing the island; the many water sports you can take part in; and the excellent fish local fisherman catch each day are evidence of the island's intimate relationship with the ocean. Here there are no big crowds. Only peaceful towns and a few hotels which make Sal Island an ideal spot for those who seek relaxation.
If have come to Sal Island to rest on its beaches or to practice your favorite nautical sport: surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, we suggest you take at least one day to explore its wonderful landscape. You will not regret getting to know the fantastic spots hidden throughout the island.
Day 1: The Best of Sal Island
We recommend you rent a car or even a quad bike and spend the day roaming about Sal's idyllic landscape at your own pace.
You can begin at Pedra de Lume, an old mining town which allows you to visit the areas where the salt was extracted. It is located in the crater of an extinct volcano in which various natural pools have formed. It is truly fascinating to bath in its extremely salty waters and feel how your body floats even in just a few centimeters of water.
There is another natural pool of an entirely different type in Buracana. Try to visit during the late morning on a sunny day and you will see a wondrous effect: the sunlight hits the cave directly and gives you the impression that you are seeing an enormous eye under the water. Do not miss this natural wonder.
Spend the day getting to know Espargos, the island's main business center. The docks of the commercial port Palmeira, where fishing, recreational and tourist boats meet are particularly interesting. You can stay to watch how the local fisherman prepare their catch for sale. Sit at one of its bars or restaurants or perhaps take a boat ride to see whales or turtles or just take a ride out to sea. Another spot on the island which is interesting to explore is Terra Boa, an area known for its mirage: a big lake where there is nothing more than sand.
If the night captivates you and you want to live it up, the best spot is Santa María. It offers tourists bars and nightclubs which are a nice addition to those you will find in your hotel. The beach also has a few establishments which offer music, dancing and tropical cocktails on the sand and have become quite popular. Do not hesitate to try the drinks which include grogue, a traditional local liquor. And finally, return to your accommodations at ClubHotel Riu Funana or ClubHotel Riu Garopa which await you so you can rest and enjoy their exclusive services.