Porto Antigo 2 is a brand new complex located directly on the main and nicest beach in Santa Maria. The complex is very central, so all amenities such as shops, bars and restaurants are all a short stroll away. The complex has an attractive pool with sun deck which leads directly onto the beach. A short stroll along the beach and you arrive at the town pier, which is always a hive of activity. Here all the locals congregate, whether it be to play football or watch the fishing catches coming in.
Our one bedroom apartment has one of the best locations on the complex, as it is situated on the ground floor by the pool and with uninterrupted panoramic views of the ocean and beach. You can see on the pictures, it is the apartment with the outside walls clad with natural stone. The 1 bedroom apartment has a double bed in the bedroom and a double sofa bed which can sleep an extra 2 guests. The living room has a comfortable sofa and wicker chairs, a dining room table for four and a kitchen area. You have sea views from sitting in the sofa - you don't even have to get up! The kitchen has a gas hob, sink and fridge freezer.. The bathroom has a walk in shower, sink, bidet and toilet.
Outside, the terrace overlooks the pool, beach and ocean. This is a front line location. There is a table and chairs on the terrace.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sal Airport 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Floating off the west coast of Africa, ten barefoot island paradises wait to whip your breath away. Each one is dramatically different, from bounty-like blonde sands backed by jungle-like scenery to volcanic monochrome landscapes peppered with pastel-painted towns.
Yes, the beaches are mind-bogglingly gorgeous. And the colourful blend of cultures from Africa, Portugal and Brazil will have you charmed from the moment you arrive. But there's more. This far-flung holiday hotspot has yet to have gained a mass tourism following. Think the untouched Caribbean.
The food in Cape Verde will have your taste buds tingling in no time, with an exotic mixture of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine.. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you’re in for a real treat. Not only is it mouth wateringly delicious - it’s extremely reasonably too. Tuck into charcoal grilled lobster, juicy giant prawns, tasty octopus, and of course, the fresh fish catches of the day. If you’re up for giving some local specialities a go, try bife de atum, tuna marinated in spices and vinegar or bacalhau, dried cod. Other Cape Verdian specials include the national dish catchupa, a stew-like dish made from corn, beans and chorizo, particularly good with a bottle of locally produced Manecome wine.
Santa Maria has an excellent selection of places to eat, from restaurants serving traditional dishes and tapas bars to pizzerias and Italian eateries. Although much of Cape Verde’s nightlife is low-key and often hotel based, the local’s lively spirit comes out to play after dark. Their philosophy is ‘the more the merrier’ so whether you join them shimmying to live music at a bustling bar or sip ponche, firewater laced with honey, at a lively cafe, their energy and love of life is contagious.
In fact, the more locals you talk you, the more invitations come flooding your way. Whatever you do, don’t leave without experiencing what has often been dubbed the most beautiful music on earth. The unique Cape Verdian morna music unravels seductive, upbeat Latin rhythms that will have your toes tapping and heels clicking in no time.
In Santa Maria, you’ll find a serene beach bar or two where you can sit listening to the waves crash in, a good handful of vibrant pubs filled with animated tourists and locals alike or if you want to be where it’s at, head for local night hotspot ‘The Pirata’.Cape Verde certainly isn’t the place to shop ’til you drop, but if peeking your head around colourful doorways to see what you find sounds like your kind of retail therapy, then you’ll love shopping here.
Santa Maria’s charm lies in its cobbled streets, which are buzzing with atmosphere, whether it’s children playing an impromptu game of football or upbeat music drifting from a paveside cafe. In addition to the two banks and supermarket, a delightful mixed bag of shops await you, from surf places selling beach gear to rustic makeshift shops painted in every colour of the rainbow where you can buy intricately carved wooden masks and brightly coloured canvas’ by local artists. Have a browse, and maybe a barter, at the indoor market which is bursting with jewellery, clothing and fresh produce stalls, and don’t miss the Centro de Artesanato, an arts and crafts store with shelves full of elegant ceramic pieces and leather goods.