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  • Most of the residential areas on the islands are villages rather than towns. On Sal, Santa Maria has colourful houses and cheap restaurants. On Boa Vista, Sal Rei is a ghost village in calming washed-out colours. On Santo Antao, Ponto do Sol is notable for its sobrados, old mansions......
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  • A large village, or a small town? Santa Maria is not only the tourist capital of Sal, it is also the peaceful home of many fishermen.
    © Borges Samuel / 123RF
  • During the day, between the fishermen and joggers, the beach is where you'll find the most activity.
    © Borges Samuel / 123RF
  • Cape Verdeans are a religious people. Sunday morning mass is an institution.
    © Borges Samuel / 123RF
  • Late morning, as the fishermen are coming in, the village dock is a flurry of activity. Locals buy their fish directly on the spot.
    © Borges Samuel / 123RF
  • With their lively colours, the fishing boats here make the place even more attractive to tourists.
    © Borges Samuel / 123RF
  • "Sobrados" are former houses that once served as the mansions of Portuguese colonists.
    © Borges Samuel / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Cape Verde

Most of the residential areas on the islands are villages rather than towns. On Sal, Santa Maria has colourful houses and cheap restaurants. On Boa Vista, Sal Rei is a ghost village in calming washed-out colours. On Santo Antao, Ponto do Sol is notable for its sobrados, old mansions...

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Santa Maria: the key figures

Surface area : 1557.0 km2

Population : 516733 inhabitants

Santa Maria Reviewedhotels
  • 8.1 /10
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    Morabeza
    Santa Maria - Cape Verde
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The hotel Morabeza was the first hotel on the island; it once ...

  • 7.65 /10
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    Odjo d'Agua
    Santa Maria - Cape Verde
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Odjo d'Agua is a hotel of human scale. Although located on ...

  • 7.1 /10
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    Club Héliades Oasis Belorizonte
    Santa Maria - Cape Verde
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Located near the beach, this hotel offers all kinds of water ...

  • 6.9 /10
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    Club Héliades Riu Funana
    Santa Maria - Cape Verde
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Riu Funana, along with the Riu Garopa, constitutes the largest ...

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