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Palmeira and Buracona , Buracona , Cape Verde
Buracona

Excursions to Sal inevitably mean a stop-off in Buracona. Caves and natural pools have been carved out of the volcanic rock here by the sea.

© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
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Palmeira and Buracona Cape Verde
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Palmeira and Buracona

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.

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Palmeira and Buracona

Palmeira and Buracona , An outing to the island of Sal , Cape Verde
An outing to the island of Sal

The contrast between the black rock and the turquoise blue water in Buracona is striking.

© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
Palmeira and Buracona , The desert , Cape Verde
The desert

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
Palmeira and Buracona , Fishermen returning to Palmeira , Cape Verde
Fishermen returning to Palmeira

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
Palmeira and Buracona , The village of Palmeira , Cape Verde
The village of Palmeira

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
Palmeira and Buracona , In the streets of Palmeira , Cape Verde
In the streets of Palmeira

The desalinated tap water is not drinkable so the inhabitants must get their supply from trucks carrying water tanks.

© Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE
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