Editors Note

When I decided to go on a sailing journey in the autumn of 2010 I had no clue leaving Denmark that I would end up casting anchor in Santa Maria – Cape Verde. Fortunately life comes with pleasant surprises. If you find yourself on the white sandy beach with the warm turquoise water in front of you I am sure you will feel the same way.
This free IHUG Santa Maria guide is designed to give you inspiration on what to do (see page 6 & 7) and through info, interviews and the tricky quiz on page 15 to increase your knowledge about the city and the people behind it in an entertaining way. In the mid pages you will also find a map which comes in handy when exploring the charming cobbled streets of Santa Maria.

Feel free to visit the website www.ihug.info to explore news, blogs and reviews. You can also download this guide and win a day trip to the island of Fogo – see the newsletter section.

Last but not least, please visit and use the companies included in this IHUG guide. They are all warmly recommended and this guide would not have been possible without their support.

IHUG Santa Maria has been produced on a voluntary basis with info and facts provided with kind help from the Government, locals, Ron & Sherry and various internet sites. Credit for the innovative www.ihug.info web site goes to Frank of Denmark
My best wishes to you for an unforgettable Santa Maria experience!
The history of this island dates back some 50 million years when the island was formed by the eruption of volcanoes which now are extinct. It was discovered by Portuguese seamen on 3rd December 1460. Sal is 30 km long and 12km wide and covers a total of 215km2. The highest point is Monte Vermelho at 406 m and winds usually blow from the north east.

Considerable habitation didn’t start until in the mid 17th century when the place eventually would be named Sal - `Salt´ - after the industry that quickly grew to the biggest business here followed by the fishing industry. The era of salt ended in 1984. A few years later the government decided to build Hotel Belorizonte which was only the second hotel on the island after the Morabeza. This step was taken in order to promote the island of Sal and attract international tourism with Santa Maria and the heavenly beaches as a destination…

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