Northwest of Espargos, you can see the turquoise blue, calm, and clear sea through a chasm (make sure you go in the morning, as the afternoon light doesn't make it all the way to the bottom). Nearby, there is a natural pool where you can go swimming while a second opening, sheltered from passers-by, also allows you to cool off. This is the site of Buracona, one of the not-to-be-missed day excursions around the island. These caves and pools were carved out by the sea in a very black volcanic rock. Do be careful of the strong waves that break on the volcanic reefs though, as they are capable of violently making their way right through to the pools. Just stay very alert.
Just over 3 mi south of Buracona you will find Palmeira. This fishing village has become Sal's main fishing port and the transit point of most of the goods arriving on the island by boat. It's also where you will find the main desalination plant. The picturesque village has managed to stay authentic and even has a few little souvenir shops.
The contrast between the black rock and the turquoise blue water in Buracona is striking.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
To the north of Sal, the sea is only a few hundred metres away... but here we are again in the middle of the desert.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
On the west coast, just over 3 miles from Espargos, Palmeira has become the main trading port on the island. There are also plenty of fishermen here!© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
The port of Palmeira is not lacking in charm. Colourful houses and a nonchalant ambiance in the streets of the small village centre.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
The desalinated tap water is not drinkable so the inhabitants must get their supply from trucks carrying water tanks.© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE