Cape Verde's best resort
The most important resorts are on the lha do Sal. On the southern coast to the west of Santa Maria there are many hotels and holiday villages: Morabeza, Belorizonte, Aeroflot, Club Djadsal, Club Crioula, Bravo Club Vila do Farol.
At Boavista, Sao Vicente and Santiago there are some hotels. On the other islands you can find little hotels and guesthouses.
TRAVEL-REPORT FROM CABO-VERDE 1.3.-10.3.2002
Friday, 1st March left direct from work by TAP via Lisboa and TACV for Sal (international airport from Cabo Verde) where I wanted to spend my birthday-week in the nearest guaranteed warm place.
With one hour delay we arrived in Sal, but got connection right away to Santiago, which is the most africanized of the 15 Caboverdian islands. In early morning we arrived at Residencial Praia Maria (for 55 Euro)in the capital Praia (60000 inhabitants) After a short sleep went on to discover the town, almost all roads were cobblestone-pavement, stone-houses, clean and no slums nor beggars to see, almost all people were mulattos or black and only few tourists, visited the lively African market, in the afternoon we sunbathed at Prainha (with Russian barkeeper playing Russian pop-music) enjoyed the first delicious seafood, in the evening went to Internet and had local liquor..from the nightlife was not much to see, so we went early to bed.
Sunday morning took a taxi for 50 Euro to the north of the island through mountains, canyons,small forests, banana and mango plantation (although it rains only very seldom was quite a lot of green-sceneries) to the village of Tarrafal, where we stayed at the most beautiful beach (with coconut-trees) at Baia Verde Bungalows (46 Euro) We walked through the huge village and saw the housewifes preparing their traditional Catchupa (pot of beans and maize) together. We prefered having lunch at a Spanish owned restaurant having “caldeirada” (fish bouillabaisse) Was easier to talk some Spanish as with all the other people had to use my poor Portuguese, as their local “Crioula”-language did not help me..In the evening had another seafood-dinner with percebes (very exotic looking seafingers) Had a relaxing and enjoyable birthday.
On 4th March made a long walk to the nearby mountains with nice views, and tried the traditional catchupa (not just my taste) in the afternoon feeded the hotels monkeys , I caught a sunburn and in the evening went to a local disco with excellent music (among else with Zouk-music from French Antilles) but unfortunately were only guests.
The following morning took pick-up car to nearby fisher village Ribeira da Prata, walking along the black sandy beach and had a conversation with a lovely 10 years old school-girl in Portuguese, after walking back (5 km) had a cheap and good chicken lunch.
On 6th we took an early taxi back to the airport of Praia where we had a flight back to Sal .where we went to Hotel Morabeza (which looked nicely on folders and Internet) but was overprized and unfriendly staff, so we later changed inside the tourist village of Santa Maria to hotel Odjo d’Agua for the other nights (both about 90 Euro) Sal is much more dry and arid , but through the international airport more touristic, with much more restaurants, shops, and accommodation to choose. I bought as only souvenir a T-shirt and a CD with traditional Funana-music. Had other delicious seafood.
On 7th visited the complete Italian owned Djadsal hotel-complex , had a delicious seafood-spaghetti and sunbathed in the clear water at the beautiful sandy beach. In the evening we found a typical Funana restaurant with nice music and good food.
On 8th we walked around the village, relaxed and sunbathed. And on 9th (saturday) we made our only excursion with a German group visiting the small harbour of Palmera, some beautiful cliffs, viewpoints and the salinas of pedro de Lume where we had a bath in the rich salty water.and had an included lunch with carpaccio, tuna-salad and paella. (whole excursion was 30 Euro) In the evening had a last meal and visit the dance-show at Furana, before aftermidnight had to fly back home via Lisboa.