Sal is an island in Cape Verde. It belongs to the northern group of islands, called Barlavento, and comprises a single administrative division, the Sal municipality.
The island is 35 kilometres long by 12 kilometres wide. It is one of the three sandy eastern islands (Sal, Boa Vista and Maio) of the archipelago, with white sandy beaches and fairly flat. The highest elevation of 408 metres is at Monte Grande. Serra Negra has a height of 92 metres.
Espargos is the largest town.
Held for a weekend in September, the enjoyable Cape Verde music scene has evolved into an exciting and fast-growing event over the years, attracting local and international artists. A fusion of many different styles and influences, it’s a great spectacle. Cape Verdean people from across the islands, as well as tourists head to Santa Maria Beach to pitch tents and setup camp for the weekend. When the sun goes down, bonfires are lit and the party rages through the night.
Sal Island has on average 350 days of sunshine a year. Winds mainly blow from the northeast. However,some days do also have clouds, but they tend to be scattered and seldom bring rain. The 'rainy season' is from July to mid-October, although rainfall is still low.
The island is home to Amílcar Cabral International Airport, the main airport of Cape Verde.
Destinations include Amsterdam, Paris, Gran Canaria, Brussels, Milan, Lisbon, Casablanca, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and most of the other Cape Verde islands.
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