This new, well-positioned penthouse apartment has all the space and facilities you will need for a totally relaxing yet very affordable stay. The master bedroom leads to its own sea view balcony while the spacious open plan living and dining areas lead onto another large balcony. Here you have a further table so you can dine al fresco, or enjoy a quiet drink while taking in the view of the large swimming pool, sunbathing area and gardens – good for people-watching or just keeping an eye on the kids!
Whether you like just relaxing on a beautiful beach or the thrill of water sports, these are just a stroll away (and there's plenty of room in the spacious entrance hall for all your beach gear when you get back). For example Sal is now getting quite a worldwide reputation for the perfect conditions for year-round water skiing, wind surfing and kite surfing and there is a diving centre and kite surf school within a five minute walk.. There are also sea and land excursions available close by or you can take in the nearby shops and restaurants of the colourful town centre. Or if you don't want to stray too far from the pool there's also a good cafe/bar/restaurant and foodstore on site. Other facilities include a laundrette and car, bike and quad hire. And if you need internet access, Wifi vouchers are available from local shops and there are cyber cafes in Santa Maria.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Santa Maria 200 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sal 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
This bright and airy apartment has:
• Master bedroom with queen size double bed and second bedroom with twin beds (plus a sofa bed).
• Plenty of storage and room for luggage.
• Entertainment and reading area with comfortable sofas.
• Modern styled bathroom with walk-in shower, toilet, bidet etc.
• Well-stocked roomy kitchen.
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment is on the second floor of this secure and enclosed development with a very spacious garden, sunbathing and pool area at its centre. It also features a small cafe/bar/restaurant and shops and there is ample dedicated parking at the front.
Cape Verde is made up of an archipelago of ten main islands including Sal, due south of the Canaries and hundreds of miles west of the African continent. Colonised by Portugal since the 15th century it is now independent but still has close links with Portugal and the EU. Its currency the Escudo is pegged to the Euro and Portuguese as well as Crioulo (a mix of Portuguese and African) are its official languages, although English and European languages are increasingly spoken.
It is now recognised as one of the new top destinations around the world. And it’s not surprising given the relaxed atmosphere, stunning beaches and truly year-round sun (tempered by a cooling trade wind breeze). It’s the Caribbean without the expense or jet-lag, the Canaries without the concrete or the crowds, the tropics but close to home.
And close to your apartment you have the best that Sal has to offer. Santa Maria, with its eclectic mix of old and new, its cobbled streets and pastel-coloured buildings, provides a variety of restaurants where you can sample new dishes (with Portuguese, Creole and Brazilian influences) and old favourites (English and Italian) and of course fantastic, fresh seafood.
Or check out the shops and stalls where you can find colourful clothes, hand-made jewellery, paintings and ornaments. (There are two banks where you can exchange money and ATMs where you can withdraw the local currency.)
Try a restaurant or cafe for a cool beer or a coffee while watching the world go by or perhaps a stroll down to the pier to see the fishermen bring in their catches? You could buy some at a bargain price to cook that evening. Or perhaps a visit to the nearby turtle sanctuary.
But when all that relaxing gets just too exhausting you can always learn to surf where the world surfing championships are held (and the surf school here is run by a world champion), go scuba diving or snorkelling in some of the best diving waters in the world, learn to kite surf, or go fishing, swimming or quad biking. There are full or half day yacht excursions, there are also power boat trips or you can take a shorter trip in a glass bottomed boat that looks just like a yellow submarine!
You can take land excursions around the island by Jeep or minibus – the jeep trips go cross-country over Sal’s ‘lunar landscape’ and are particularly good fun. These trips will take you to places like the colourful fishing port of Palmeira, to Buracona’s famous ‘Blue Eye’ lagoon, to the island capital of Espargos and the impressive salt lakes of Pedra de Lume set in a huge extinct volcanic crater where you can experience ‘weightless’ floating in the shallow lakes.
Of course you can also hire a car or 4X4 and explore the island independently (and ther's plenty of local taxis). And if you want to see more of Cape Verde there are short, island-hopping flights to Santiago or to the dramatic scenery of the island of Fogo