Our 3 bedroom townhouse is situated on Vila Verde complex, only 10 minutes from the famous Ponta Preta beach and 5 minutes from the legendary Kite Beach. Each spacious bedroom has it's own en-suite bathroom and balconies looking out to the pretty gardens and swimming pool. The townhouse is decorated to a very high standard with tasteful furniture. You can adapt your holiday to your own lifestyle. For a calm and peaceful holiday, you could enjoy reading your book by the pool or on the terrace, enjoy a short stroll to the beaches, catch the small shuttle bus into Santa Maria town, exploring the mix of cafes, restaurants, shops and enjoy the culture. Or, if you enjoy a more energetic holiday, there is so much to offer, from kite-surfing, wind-surfuing, surfing, diving, scuba diving - with many schools to help you improve. There are other activities to enjoy such as boat trips, island trips, turtle watching, swimming with the lemon sharks, island hopping, walking and so much more.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest beach||Ponta Preta 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sal Airport|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (4), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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 Creole (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 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.
Near to your townhouse, you have the best that Sal has to offer. Santa Maria, with its 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.
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.
Other activities to enjoy include 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.
If this all sounds far too energetic, just hire yourself a sunbed, buy yourself a nice cool drink, and RELAX!!