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Hotels of Sal
A hotel on Sal is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Sal hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Sal are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Sal hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Sal hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Sal have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels on Sal
An upscale full service hotel facility on Sal that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Sal hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels on Sal
Full service Sal hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels on Sal
Boutique hotels of Sal are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Sal boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Sal may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels on Sal
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Sal travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Sal focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels on Sal
Small to medium-sized Sal hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Sal traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Sal hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs on Sal
A bed and breakfast on Sal is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Sal bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Sal B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels on Sal
Sal hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Sal hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Sal
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Sal hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Sal lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs on Sal
Sal timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Sal often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Sal on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels on Sal
A Sal motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Sal for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Sal motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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216 km (83 sq mi)
35 km (21.7 mi)
12 km (7.5 mi)
406 m (1,332 ft)
Espargos, Cape Verde
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Sal (Portuguese for “salt” - from the mines at Pedra de Lume) is an island in Cape Verde. It belongs to the northern group of islands, called Barlavento ("windwards"), and comprises a single administrative division, the Sal municipality. The island is home to Amílcar Cabral International Airport, the main airport of Cape Verde.
Sal, Cape Verde: History
Main article: Timeline of Sal, Cape Verde
The island was discovered on December 3, 1460 and named Llana until salt deposits were found at the end of the 18th century in Pedra de Lume. In the early years, slaves grazed parts of the island, in the 17th century, free settlers took salt. Sal is the geologically oldest island in Cape Verde, formed 50 million years ago during the eruption of a volcano which is now inactive.
Salt activity did not begin until 1800. Sal at the time was the least populated island in Cape Verde, and once had around the same population as Santa Luzia. Santa Maria was founded on the south of the island in 1835 by Manuel António Martins who became governor and had the town become the island's capital. During this time the salt industry thrived, with 30,000 tons of salt being exported in the early years. Most of the salt was exported to Brazil until its nationalization in 1887, Portuguese and French salt investors resumed salt production until 1984. Three lighthouses were constructed near the island's hazardous points in the 1880s.
In 1939 Italy started constructing an airport to receive flights from Europe and South America. Construction was halted and ceased around World War II. The Portuguese bought the airport from the Italians and finished it in 1949. Planes from Italy would stop to breifly refuel before continuing their flights to various South American cities. Northeast of the airport, workers from São Nicolau Island to the west would settle a village and was named Preguiça, where the first settlers originated and the youngest urban center in Cape Verde, Palmeira was later founded and became the island's other port, not long after it became Espargos due to the asparagus plants founded there and became the main island capital as well as a commercial center, a part of the population growth was and still is attributed to arrivals from São Nicolau.
Unlike other parts of Cape Verde, famine did not devastate the island as the population was only about 500 in 1930 and it was one of few islands up to 1970 that saw its population continue to grow. Farmlands were established around 2 km northwest of Espargos in the mid 20th century. A new solar electricity station was established in 2010 and is located 1.5 km north of Santa Maria on the main road, the first and only in Cape Verde. A large growing population has now led to the division of the municipality, of which the first plan was proposed on April 7, 2014, no date of the separation has yet been set. It would form the municipalities of Espargos and Santa Maria, the municipal boundary would be marked north of Ilhéu Rabe de Junco, north of Murdeira and south of the airport, probably in the east-west line, also Nossa Senhora das Dores will exclude Santa Maria.
Hurricane Fred struck the island of Sal in late summer 2015, the hardest was on August 31, in Santa Maria, where the storm surge sunk or stranded dozens of vessels and destroyed an important tourist pier. Hotels, restaurants, and other beach facilities were flooded, and roads in the town became impassable. High winds leveled the roof of a sport center at a gymnasium which had initially been set up as a storm shelter to about 100 citizens. Elsewhere, the hurricane knocked out power to homes in Palmeira and caused minor structural damage to Sal International Airport.
Sal, Cape Verde: Geography
The island is 35 km long and about 12 km wide. It is one of the three sandy eastern islands (Sal, Boa Vista and Maio) of the archipelago, with white sandy beaches . The island is fairly flat, with the highest elevation being 408 m at Monte Grande. Serra Negra has a height of 92 m.
Sal is one of five islands that have one or more surrounding islets, the largest being Ilhéu Rabo de Junco
Sal, Cape Verde: Climate
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: BBC Weather
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Sal Island has on average 350 days of sunshine a year. Winds mainly blow from the northeast. However, some days do also have clouds, but they tend to be scattered and seldom bring rain. The 'rainy season' is from July to mid-October, although rainfall is still low.
Saline marshes can be found in the Pedra de Lume crater and north of Santa Maria.
Sal, Cape Verde: Demographics
As of 1832, the population was estimated at 400 people. The population reached 1,000 around the early 20th century, making it the least populated island of the nine inhabited islands at the time. The population started growing at a steady pace, and in 1950 and 1960 the population more than doubled. Until 1970 the population rose more than 10% a year to 5,505. After 1970 its growth remained moderate. In 1990 another large population growth occurred which brought the population to nearly 15,000 at the end of the 20th century, and in 2010, the population reached 35,000. With population growth came the urban sprawl which creeped to east of Espargos and to the northern and western parts of Santa Maria along with hotels and villas which first began developing in 2006. The island population is now currently around 40,000 and is now the fifth most populated island in Cape Verde. In 1990, it surpassed Brava's population, and in 2000, it surpassed the neighboring São Nicolau's population.
Population of Sal, Cape Verde (1940-2010)
Sal, Cape Verde: Economy
Sal’s main town, Cidade dos Espargos, is home to one of the nation’s international airports and has around 32,000  inhabitants. Its population grew around salt collection and later shifted to fishing, but is now based on tourism (amounting to 50% of the archipelago’s tourism) at the beach resort of Santa Maria. The living standards on the island is among the best in the Cape Verde archipelago. The island's GDP per capita as of July 2015 is roughly $7,068.00(USD).
Its airport, Amílcar Cabral International Airport, was used as a refuelling base by South African Airways on its Johannesburg to London routes. This was necessitated by the refusal of Black African states to the North to grant overflying permission and direct routing to and from Europe during apartheid. Later, flights to and from New York and Atlanta also refuelled there, and the island was a crew-change station. SAA established the long runways needed by the fully fueled Boeing 747s on their take-offs in the high temperatures. On July 1, 2006, SAA operated its final flight to Sal due to the ending of its flights to Atlanta.
Sal, Cape Verde: Infrastructure
The major roads on the island are:
Santa Maria - Espargos Road
Palmeira - Espargos Road
Pedra de Lume - Espargos Road
Espargos - Reguinho Fiúra Road
Sal, Cape Verde: Settlements
There are six inhabited centers:
Pedra de Lume, on the eastern coast, is the most ancient, and the home of the first salt workers. Today it is only a small village with few inhabitants.
Palmeira is a fishing village, built around a port situated on the opposite coast of the island. It is also a small village but is growing. Palmeira is also home to the island of Sal's port.
Espargos (pop: 20,173 (2010)) for the town, 1,000 including Hortelã and Preguiça) is the main urban center and is situated between Pedra de Lume and Palmeira. It was formed around the international airport named after Amílcar Cabral (IATA airport code SID) located in the heart of the island. It is also the capital of the Island.
Terra Boa is the only place on the island where agriculture can be found on a large scale, as the island is very dry, mainly because it has no mountains to induce rainfall. This place is situated north of Espargos, around 6 kilometres (4 miles).
Murdeira is a tourist village resort, which is growing in population.
Santa Maria (pop: 15,000 (2010), which was a former salt working village, is now the tourism center of the island, there you can find one of the most beautiful beaches of Cape Verde and Duns. Santa Maria is the main attraction and is growing fast.
Other inhabited settlements are:
Feijoal, 5 kilometres (3 miles) west of Pedra de Lume.
Fontona, south of Palmeira.
Reguinho Fiúra, a remote village near a lighthouse and overlooking Ponta Norte, the island's northernmost point.
Sal, Cape Verde: Twin towns - Sister cities
Sal is twinned with:
Desenzano del Garda, Italy
South Normanton, England
Sal, Cape Verde: Notable residents
Maria Alice, singer
Carlos Andrade, basketball player
Rodirlei José Ascensão Duarte (Rody) footballer (soccer player)
Elvis Évora (Elvis), footballer
Ana Firmino, singer
Hermínia da Cruz Fortes, singer
Ildo Lobo – musician (native)
Mirri Lobo, musician
Ildo Augusto dos Santo Lopes Fortes, current bishop of Barlavento
Nelson Marcos – soccer player
Basílio Ramos, politician
Héldon Ramos (Héldon), footballer
Rúben Sança, athlete
Dona Tututa - composer and pianist
Sal, Cape Verde: Gallery
A sleeping dog
Salt evaporation pond in Volcanic crater (Pedra de Lume)
Buildings in Santa Maria
A Souvenir shop in Santa Maria
One of the Mainstreet at Santa Maria
Cityview over Espargos
Catholic Church in Santa Maria
Machinery in Volcanic crater, Pedra de Lume
Ponta do Sinó lighthouse
Santa Maria Beach at night
Cave "Blue Eye"
Sal, Cape Verde: See also
Cape Verde portal
Wildlife of Cape Verde
Sal, Cape Verde: References
"April 7, 2014 Article". A Semana (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 June 2014.
"Resumo a minuto do Furacão Fred". Ocean Press (in Portuguese). 31 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
Fonseca, Sanny (31 August 2015). "Furacão "Fred" causa estragos na Boa Vista e no Sal". A Semana (in Portuguese). Retrieved 31 August 2015.
"llha do Sal foi uma das mais fustigadas pelo Furacão Fred" (in Portuguese). Macedo de Cavaleiros, Portugal: Radio Onda Livre. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
"BBC". BBC. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
Roberts, Edmund (1837). Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 17.