A fascinating mix of culture, religion and natural beauty
CAPE VERDE - ISLAND OF SAL
Sal is the North-Easternmost of the ten Cape Verdean islands. Its terrain being a desert, it was originally only populated to produce salt, hence its name 'Sal'. Currently, about 20,000 people live on the 30 km long island. Its beaches are made of fine-grained sand. The waves and the wind invite surfers and kite surfers. The main settlements are Espargos, Santa Maria and the fisher village and port Palmeira. The three galleries below show Santa Maria, locations visited during an island tour (including Palmeira) and Espargos.Santa Maria is a quiet and pleasant town with long beaches, colourful houses and many bars and restaurants. Only when you get to the town borders, you realise that you are actually in a desert. The impression I got from the landscape was thus striking. My favourite moments were when I walked around on my own as people are always happy to talk to you.