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Book your flight to Sal, Cape Verde with Thomas Cook and discover a new less travelled destination, brimming with culture, natural beauty, exciting cuisine and the best beaches this side of the Atlantic – all under a hot African sun.
Floating in the Atlantic, 500 kilometres off the coast of West Africa, the islands of Cape Verde have been named the African Caribbean. Still fairly undiscovered by tourists, imagine year round sunshine, stunning white sand beaches, dramatic surf, tropical birds, enchanting sea life and a lied back, stress free atmosphere – it’s no wonder these fair isles are making a name for themselves.
The islands were originally discovered by the Portuguese, and there's a real mix of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences, creating a unique melting pot of cultures. You’ll see it in the islands' fashions, music and food.
Cape Verde's most popular island, cosmopolitan Sal is all about beautiful beaches, exhilarating watersports and relaxing bays. The island is dotted with colourful, cobbled towns, and there's none better than the bay of Santa Maria where you'll find surf shops, traditional restaurants and a pretty square lined with al fresco cafés. The main attraction is the beach, which stretches eight kilometres along the coast and with most hotels in Santa Maria just a stone's throw away from the beach, you can spend all day gazing out to sea whilst sipping on a cooling Cape Verdean caiprinha.
Sal's capital city of Espargos means 'asparagus' in Portuguese, referring to the wild vegetable asparagus stalk which grows in sandy areas around the island. Small enough to explore on foot, Espargos is a gorgeous and quiet town with a main square, shops, restaurants and a choice of accommodation ideal for an overnight stop. While you’re there make sure you visit 'the magic blue eye' in Buracona, a huge natural swimming pool enclosed in volcanic rock just five miles from Espargos city centre.