The island of Sal is well known for kite surfing. One beach on the east of the island has been renamed Kite Beach. If staying in Santa Maria it is a nice trip by quad bike. The wind for kite surfing is best over the winter months and the weather is lovely at that time.
Over the past couple of years, airport improvements have been underway on the island of Sal. The Amilcar Cabral International Airport now has new departure lounges and an attractive courtyard for departing passengers. These improvements have made the experience of flying from Sal much more pleasant. It seems that Cape Verde is investing in its transport infrastructure, with major works also underway at Praia airport. This investment helps to confirm the future of Cape Verde as major holiday destination. In addition to this building work, the operation of internal flights by Binter CV has also made travel within the country generally more reliable.
Sunsets in Cape Verde are very often beautiful. This picture was taken at Santa Maria on Sal Island as the sun sets over the beach and the moored boats. You will be very unlucky if you visit Cape Verde and don’t see a lovely sunset. The opportunities for taking a lovely sunset photograph are many. The sun could be setting over the sea, over a neighbouring island, or behind mountains.
Work has recently started on a large photovoltaic installation on the island of Sal in Cape Verde. This is part of the Cape Verdean government’s aim to supply all of the country’s energy from renewable sources. Águas de Ponta Preta (APP) is constructing this new solar farm at Ponta Preta.
The new installation will supply 2.03 GWh/year, consequently it will reduce the reliance on fossil fuels by 10%. The solar farm will comprise 3,480 panels and will cost €2.03m. Through an agreement with CERMI – The Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial maintenance – 8 students are involved in the assembly and operational stages.
Cape Verde has almost unlimited sun therefore the use of this free resource to provide electricity is an obvious one for this country.
A group of british soldiers has caused a bit of a ruckus in Cape Verde. The 130 men were on their way to the Falkland Islands when their transporter plane stopped to refuel in Sal. The onward journey was delayed because of a technical fault with the plane. The men had to be put up in hotels in Sal, while the problem was fixed.
They found themselves in the ‘all-inclusive’ 5* Melia Tortuga hotel. Holidaymakers, including a number of families, were a bit surprised to see the soldiers behaviour. Some were sunbathing in their underwear and others arguing loudly with each other. It is understood that some of them also swore at the hotel bar staff whilst ordering drinks. Two of the men were arrested by police, appeared in court and were fined £150 each for brawling. The British Army confirmed that those involved would be disciplined. The cost of accommodating the soldiers following the problem with the plane is estimated at £40,000. Main source – Daily Telegraph news paper.
Salt has been produced in the Cape Verde islands since the 18th Century. Pedra de Lume on the island of Sal (Salt in English) was one of the main areas for production. In 1985 the operations at Pedra de Lume ceased, but the site has become an interesting place for visitors. You can see the remains of the conveyor system, that could transport 25 tons an hour. A bathe in the water, which is only about 600mm deep is an interesting experience. The salt water makes it easy to float, and the experience is similar to bathing in the Dead Sea. So, if you are visiting Sal, include Pedra de Lume on your itinerary and take a dip in the water. Take some suitable shoes to use in the pool because of the sharp salt crystals.