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Sal: 6-Hour Experience Tour with a Local Certified Guide

1. Sal: 6-Hour Experience Tour with a Local Certified Guide

After being picked up from your accommodation, make your way to Santa Maria. Once there, get to know the history of this city, which has transformed from the extraction of its salt to the biggest tourist city in Cape Verde. Next, make your way to Kite Beach, which is one of the best places in the world to practice kite surfing (from October to April) and is usually chosen to hold the world kite surfing championships.  Then visit Porto Palmeira, which is a simple place where people take their sustenance from fishing and working in the port. See the arrival of the crafts, as well as all the activity around the sale of fish. Take a walk among the colorful colonial houses and check out the beautiful street art. Next up, go to Pedra de Lume Beach, Pedra de Lume, and Ilha do Sal.  There, visit the first village on Sal island, which was founded in 1804, to learn about the history and development of the local economy based on the export of salt. Continue to Miragem, where you will see the effects of Fata Morgana water illusions in the desert. Travel then to Buracona, where you will see the Blue Eye, one of the 7 wonders of the island. Swim in its natural pool if the conditions are ideal for bathing. Following the pool, explore the Pedra Lume Salt Crater, where you will learn all about the nourishing benefits this salt center has for the locals. Make a stop to experience floating in this thermal water which is inside an inactive volcanic caldera. Discover Shark Bay, where you will have the experience to see lemon sharks in their natural environment up close. Travel to the village of Murdeira that lies in a natural reserve in the bay. Finally, visit Espargos, the economic center of the city.

Sal Island: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour with Lunch

2. Sal Island: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation and depart toward Santa Maria salt pans. There, find out about the local history and see how the locals extract salt, the activity that determined the island's name. Continue to the village of Murdeira, where you will have a short visit to its nature reserve and enjoy the views of Lion Mountain. Then, meet the locals in the fishing village of Palmeira before traveling to Buracona to see "Blue Eye" and, weather permitting, swim in its beautiful natural pool. Move on towards Miragem, grab some pictures of the effects of water illusions in the desert and take a well-deserved lunch break. Enjoy the local cuisine and discover the Cape Verdean gastronomy. Next, drive to Espargos and get to know its street arts that portray the Cape Verdean woman, her Morabeza, and history. After that, head to Shark Bay, a must-see when visiting Sal. Put on your water shoes, enter the ocean, and get close to the docile lemon sharks in their natural environment. Finally, visit Pedra de Lume, a salt farm located below sea level. Cross its cave, get into its extinct volcano crater and reach the lagoons from which the salt is extracted. Enjoy floating in the world's second saltiest thermal water, an unforgettable experience. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Sal: Salt Lake, Blue eye & Shark experience from Santa Maria

3. Sal: Salt Lake, Blue eye & Shark experience from Santa Maria

Get out for an adventurous sightseeing tour that is perfect for discovering the desert and, the hidden treasures of this popular and most deserted destination. This trip will take you to Salt Lake Salinas of Pedra de Lume, the second saltiest water in the world after the Dead Sea, an incredible lake where you can lie down and float, even if you can't swim, and you will be left with smooth skin as if you had a natural scrub. Next, you will travel to Buracona, where you will see the "Blue Eye", one of the 7 wonders of the island and its natural pool, where you will have time to swim in its crystal clear waters if the conditions are ideal for bathing. Then you will move on to Miragem, where you will see the fata morgana effect of water illusions in the desert. Admire the natural reserve of Murdeira Bay and enjoy the beautiful view of Lion mountain. At the end, you will visit Shark Bay, where you will experience lemon sharks in their natural habitat up close. Enjoy a half-day island tour and visit places like Blue Eye, Miragem, Salinas Salt lake and Shark Bay. Swim in the salt lake and Buracona natural pool with your group, before heading out to sea to see some lemon sharks.

From Praia: Full-Day Sal Island Tour

4. From Praia: Full-Day Sal Island Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Praia and depart toward Nelson Mandela airport. There, take a 40-minute flight to Sal and enjoy an amazing view of the island from the air. Once in Sal, begin your tour and get to know the history of an island transformed from the exploration of salt to the biggest tourist destination in Cape Verde. Explore the white sand and warm water of Kite Beach, where the world kite-surfing championships are often held. From there, continue to the natural bay of Murdeira and admire the beautiful views of the Lion Mountain. Then, move on to the fishing village of Palmeira. There, meet locals and have a chance to see the arrival of crafts, as well as all the activity of selling fresh fish. Next, travel to Burracona, see "Blue Eye" (one of the 7 wonders of the country), and marvel at its beautiful and natural swimming pool. After that, explore Espargos, the economic center of the island. Your tour progresses to Pedra de Lume Salt Crater, an old salt farm. The water in the lagoons from which the salt is extracted is very hot and 27 times saltier than sea water. Bring your book and enjoy reading while floating in the world’s second-saltiest water, an unforgettable experience. Take a break for lunch and continue toward Miragem, where you will see the effects of water illusions in the desert. Finally, experience Shark Bay and watch lemon sharks in their natural environment very closely. Finally, take a return flight to Santiago Island. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.

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What people are saying about Palmeira

The tour was great fun. This is mainly thanks to our tour guide Chan, who was there with a lot of joy and commitment. Ideal for anyone who wants to get a taste of the island highlights. We competed with a 1.5 year old and he had a lot of fun too. Again, Chan was always very attentive and courteous.

Great day out especially for the price ( there were some added extra’s during the trip but all of these were mentioned during the booking process) A great way to see the island and the sights it offers Tour guides were exceptional, very friendly , funny and nothing was rushed Highly recommended

The tremendous experience, 100% recommended, the guide is a crack, 8 hours of great work. The only drawback, the food, was not up to par and since we returned we have been sick to the stomach, when we left the restaurant we found ourselves somewhat upset in the stomach

Super nice guide who made the activity fantastic. Learned and seen so much. Highly recommended.

Really nice and unique experiences that I will remember for life.