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SAL - Island of Sal Cape Verde

Sal (Portuguese for "salt" -- from the mines at Pedra de Lume) is an island in the country of Cape Verde, and the municipality of the same name. The island is 30 km long by 12 km wide. It belongs to the northern group of islands, called Barlavento and is one of the three sandy eastern islands (Sal, Boa Vista and Maio) of the archipelago, with white-sanded beaches with the highest elevation of 406 m at Monte Grande. Serra Negra has a height of 92 m.

The island was discovered on December 3, 1460 and named Llana until salt deposits were found. Sal is the oldest island in Cape Verde, formed years ago during the eruption of a volcano.

Sal's main town, Vila dos Espargos, is home to one of the nation's international airports and has around 8,000 inhabitants. Its population grew around salt collection and later shifted to fishing, but is now based on tourism (amounting to 50% of the archipelago's tourism) at the beach resort of Santa Maria.

Its airport, Amilcar Cabral International Airport, was used as a refuelling base by South African Airways on its Johannesburg to London routes. Later, flights to and from New York and Atlanta also refuelled there, and the island was a crew-change station. SAA established the long runways needed by the fully-fueled Boeing 707s on their take-offs in the high temperatures. On July 1, 2006, SAA operated its final flight to Sal due to the ending of its flights to Atlanta.

Places to Visit

There are six inhabited centers: Pedra de Lume, on the eastern coast, is the most ancient, and the home of the first salt workers. Today it is only a small village with very few inhabitants. Palmeira is a fishing village, built around a port situated on the opposite coast of the island. It is also a small village but is growing. Espargos (5,758 for the town, 8,000 including Hortelão and Preguiça) is the main urban center and is situated between Pedra de Lume and Palmeira. It was formed around the international located in the heart of the island. Terra Boa is the only place on the island where agriculture can be found on a large scale, as the island is very dry, mainly because it has no mountains to induce rainfall. This place is situated north of Espargos. Murdeira is a tourist resort, which is growing in population. Santa Maria (pop: 1,367), which was a former salt working village, is now the tourism center of the island. Other inhabited settlements are: Feijoal is 1 km west of Pedra de Lume, Fontona is south of Palmeira, Reguinho Fiúra is a remote village near a lighthouse and overlooking Ponta Norte, the island's northernmost point.

Saline marshes can be found in the Pedra Lume crater and north of Santa Maria.
Climate. Sal Island has 350 days of sunshine. Winds mainly blow from the northeast.
The island has only one parish, named Nossa Senhora das Dores. The major roads on the island are: Santa Maria - Espargos Road (paved), Palmeira - Espargos Road (narrowly paved), Pedra de Lume - Espargos Road (paved), Espargos - Reguinho Fiúra Road (unpaved).

Developers are already exploiting the opportunities here by opening up new beaches for development. Because of Sal's tourists, there is no lack of places to eat and drink. There are plenty of bars and restaurants - some hosting live local music. Sal has an excellent extensive range of white-sanded beaches and fairly flat making it a mecca for water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, fishing and diving. Sal is the most touristic of all the Cape Verde islands. It is quite a barren island and is the flattest of all the Cape Verde islands. The main resort is Santa Maria which has an 8 km beach. Even though Sal is geared around beach activities and there are no great hiking opportunities here. As with any tourist resort car / jeep hire is available - if you do not want to hire a car, Sal has plenty of taxis to run you around. You should visit the volcano crater, salt lake at Pedra de Lume, the town of Espargos, the port of Palmeira and the natural pool at Buracona. If you are tempted to become bored of Sal?, then you can take a day trip to Boa Vista by boat.

Sal's Climate

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Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

5

5

3

0

0

0

0

15

33

8

3

3

Rainfall (inches)

0.2

0.2

0.1

0

0

0

0

0.6

1.3

0.3

0.1

0.1

Avg Temp (°C)

22

21

22

22

23

23

24

26

27

26

24

23

Avg Temp (°F)

71

70

71

71

73

73

75

79

81

79

75

73

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