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Get to know Sal (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sal. To help you make friends with Sal before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

If you want to visit a place where the weather is lovely throughout the year, with a relaxed vibe, where the sun shines pretty much every day and that is not too far from Europe, you should look no further than Sal, Cape Verde. Sal is one of the most popular islands in Cape Verde, and with flight connections to all over Europe (as well as West Africa), this is one of the nearest destinations from Europe if you want to be sure to return home with a nice tan.

Sal, Cape Verde, is popular among tourists that book all-inclusive holidays as well as backpackers. This also makes Sal the most touristic island in Cape Verde. That does not mean you should not visit, though. In Sal, you can find pretty beaches where you can practice water sports like kite surfing, hiking in the dunes, or just enjoying an easy day by tanning on the beautiful, white sand beaches. The landscape in Sal is quite flat and therefore not as spectacular as on other islands in Cape Verde. There are however two sites that you should not miss. The Blue Eye is a natural pool where a "magical" blue light reflects in the water -- you can even swim in it. Tours can be booked to the Blue Eye. Your Sal, Cape Verde hostel may be able to put you on a tour. Another highlight is the salt mine, where you can see a very traditional way of salt mining.

There are a few hostels in Sal, Cape Verde. Most hostels in Sal, Cape Verde, are in the southern part of the country, in or near the town Santa Maria. From here there is a bus to Espargos and from Espargos there is a bus to Palmeira. This is the only public transport on the island. If you want to go anywhere in Sal that is not on this route, your best chance is to organize a tour or driver in town or through your Sal, Cape Verde hostel.

Written by local enthusiast for Sal hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Sal hostels Martin Straatman

Your Packing List for Sal

Your Packing List for Sal

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