Ravaged by the winds, Sal is the flattest island of the archipelago and despite its volcanic origin, its highest point, the Monte Grande rises just 406 meters (about 1332 ft) from the sea level. The closest to the African continent, subjected to similar climatic conditions that exist at the same latitude, on the continent, appears very dry. With elongated shape has an area of 30 km in the direction north / south and a width not exceeding 12 km towards east / west.
Water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing and mountain biking or TT vehicles (Jeeps and Quad bikes) have known great expansion in the island.
- Scuba Diving
- Wind Surfing
- Kite Surfing
As gastronomic specialties do not miss the “Catchupa” (meat based dish, beef, pork and sausages-corn and vegetables, beans, cabbage and potatoes) or the delights of the sea like lobsters or rock barnacle as well as grilled fish or even delicious fish stews).
“Odjo Azul” or “Blue Eye”
A natural pool formed by the ocean into the lava rocks. When the light hits this natural pool from the right angle, the color turns into a magic turquoise blue. It is absolutely beautiful. You can swim in the natural lava pool right next to the “blue eye” but this can be dangerous on windy days. Experienced divers might explore the hidden caves and grottos at this fantastic spot.
If you are staying in Sal and Santa Maria town, in Cape Verde islands, Praia Alfonso is at walking distance just 1 kilometer east of Santa Maria. Praia Alfonso is very child friendly even for a small baby since the crystal clear turquoise pond behind the house is completely safe from waves and cut of from the sea. No more than 0,5-1 m water, but filled with tropical fish and crabs. Snorkeling here is a must for children and adults. There is no other place like this in the whole of Cape Verde islands or Sal.