An All Inclusive week in Cape Verde

DSC_0188 smallThe island Sal in Cape Verde is not so much more than sea and desert. It is said that Cape Verde has an average och 350 sunny days a year and after some dark winter months me & Louise were eager to feel the warmth of this sun.

We were delighted the first day when we saw the white sand and the turquoise water. Luckily I took some pictures that first day because that weather never returned during our week in Sal. We did have another half day of good weather and that was the hours when we went on an island excursion. Therefore it looks on my pictures like we had a sunny week but actually there were dark sky the rest of the days. Since Sal is a very windy island it was almost too cold to lie on the beach most days. And guess what? Still we enjoyed ourselves so much that we are returning in October 😉

DSC_0164 smallDSC_0053 smallDSC_0098 smallDSC_0134 smallDSC_0204 smallWe had chosen an all-inclusive concept in a resort by the sea, called Belorizonte. No high rise buildings but just cute little bungalows spread out all over the complex. There were three pool areas. The size of the hotel made it possible to always find some peace and quietness. The guests were a good mix of nationalities and types. Lots of Kite Surfers, couples, friends and just a few families with kids (rough sea makes Sal not optimal for children, lucky us ;-)) There was a buffet for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Unfortunately the food was a bit tasteless and over cooked. But that helped us keeping weight since one plate was enough 😉

At night the animation team gave different great shows and it was also possible to try some Cabo dances afterwards :-). I have to state that the day time animation in the hotel was very moderate and laid back, something we were very thankful for. It was both possible to be entertained in case you wanted that but also possible for a peaceful moment at the sea with just the sound of the waves or at one of the swimming pools.

DSC_0040 smallDSC_0043 smallWe stayed close to the town Santa Maria. A small little village with a few shops with souvenirs, mainly from Guinea Bissau, some cafés and a handful of dance bars. We took a stroll through the residential area one afternoon but mostly stuck to a few more lively streets and the beach area.

P1000346 smallP1000394 smallP1000397 smallP1000413 smallP1000446 smallP1000462 smallP1000463 smallOne day we took a half a day island exploration tour. There is really not that much to see in the island Sal but it was a fun get away in Jeeps and three girls from our city, that we had become acquainted with, were in the same tour 🙂 And floating in a salt crater was a fun experience!

P1000668 smallP1000692 smallP1000704 smallP1000708 smallP1000782 smallP1000759 smallP1000727 smallDSC_0232 smallP1000741 smallP1000836 smallP1000844 smallP1000885 smallP1000924 smallP1000926 smallP1000931 smallIMG_8528 smallSo what did we enjoy so much that we have the urge to go back?  Cape Verde has a very rich culture around music & dance. And me & Louise love to dance. After dinner & the daily show we had the possibility to dance Kizomba with the animation team. And in town you found a few cafés with live music every night with locals dancing traditional Cabo dances like Coladeira, Funana & more. Since we were there around carnival time it was also some Brazilian rhythms played one night. And there was a great local dance bar called Calema in town with Afro house which is the type of music I enjoy mostly nowadays. Check out my YouTube list that I just started for some inspiration, found here>>

Apart from the dance & the music we liked the wind & the rough sea and the endless beach. And the laid back and stress free atmosphere. In October every year a Portuguese travel agency arranges a week of dance in Sal, actually in the same hotel where we stayed. The event is called “Sabor a Cabo Verde”. We will travel back to join this week and after we will continue to explore two more of the totally 9 inhabited islands in Cape Verde, Sao Vicente & Santo Antao. And an extra plus for me with Cape Verde is also that I am studying Portuguese and I love to listen to this amazing language, both spoken and sung.

Already looking forward to next adventure!! Cabo Verde, no stress 😉

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About Jenny Trozell

Swedish girl with a passion for travelling, Latin dance and meeting new interesting and fun people :-)

Posted on March 22, 2016, in Cape Verde and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Juan Antonio Tubío Capel

    Hello, I’m thinking about travel this summer with a friend to a country in which to meet the kizomba since its inception.

    Among other options, we have Cape Verde.

    Could anyone give us some recommendations on places to dance, accommodation, where to take dance lessons, etc ..?

    Thank you!!

    • Jenny Trozell

      Hello Juan Antonio, I am so sorry for not responding earlier…my blog got down prioritized for while again 😉 If I understand you correct you like to learn the more “original” Kizomba? The Kizomba “world” is so huge that is about finding what suits you. If I would have had time I would be going to this “https://www.facebook.com/events/283422968660066/” In Europe I heard this is a good place to start “http://www.balumuka.cz/” Or if you want to go this summer perhaps this is for you “http://bootcamp.dmaes.pt/index.php”

      • Hello Jenny, thank you for your reply.

        The information you provided me is very interesting.

        Thank you a lot!

  2. Very Interesting. visited your all post one by one. each post i like. Your Images to good. #DreamTrip.

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