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Santa Maria - even the name sounds exotic and inviting! Well, if you are looking to pack up and take yourself off for a well-earned rest somewhere warm, exciting and exotic then why not be top of your game and head to somewhere new and exciting that is quickly becoming one of the top holiday destinations the Cape Verde Islands. These islands have been keeping a low profile, quietly sleeping and avoiding attention so they haven't featured highly on the list of exotic destinations until recently. Word has got out and these islands are fast becoming sought after as the ideal holiday destination. The Cape Verde Islands are made up of 10 individually exotic islands, each offering a little piece of unspoilt paradise. Santa Maria is a captivating sea-side town in Sal, one of two of the islands that have experienced slightly more development than their counterparts.
From the UK your flight to the Cape Verde Islands will take approximately 6.5 hours, depending on which airport you fly from. Flights to these paradise islands leave from a choice of UK Airports including Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester and once you land in Sal, you won't have long to wait until you reach your final destination as the transfer onto Santa Maria will only take approximately 30 minutes! Once settled in your accommodation, of which there are several well thought-out hotels and holiday clubs to choose from, you can begin your adventure or simply take a deep breath, relax and soak up the wonderful charm and atmosphere that Santa Maria has to offer.
Adventurous or laid back, you will find plenty of things to do and see in Santa Maria from simply strolling leisurely through the cobbled streets, taking in the picture postcard houses, all beautifully coloured in various pastel shades. The houses' bright colours mean they really stand out against the spectacularly shimmering beaches and aquamarine waters - perfect! For the more adventurous, being so close to these gorgeous waters, obviously means there are lots of water sports just waiting to thrill and excite, including windsurfing, surfing and diving. Santa Maria is in Sal, which is one of the more developed islands, however, it is still relatively undiscovered and as such, it remains wonderfully unbuilt-up. Holiday accommodation has been designed and built with the island's beauty in mind and does not detract from its charm. You will find a very friendly welcome awaits you in this captivating seaside-town and the feeling of being welcome will stay with you throughout your holiday. Santa Maria is a mix of old and new and you would be forgiven if you thought you had landed up in the Wild West because the landscape of Santa Maria has both the paradise beaches and jewelled blue waters we imagine exotic islands having, meaning you be where the action is, however, if you fancy secluding yourself, it also has vast desert like areas and sand dunes, which make this a unique and eclectic island.
If dining is one of your favourite pastimes, you won't be disappointed in Santa Maria as there are lots of restaurants, bars and cafés to tempt you. Local cuisine can be found in beachside restaurants, where you can try local specialities such as spicy cooked tuna! Take a break from your exploring and enjoy a coffee in the square, or a drink from a local bar and people watch and if surfing is your thing, there are many chic surfing shops which are sure to please. If you just can't get enough shopping, Santa Maria has many unique and unusual shops, as well as an indoor market and supermarket, so you won't tire of finding bargains here!
Sunsets here are truly magnificent; you will never tire of the sun's artwork as it paints its glowing embers across the evening sky, which of course means it's time to indulge yourself in Santa Maria's nightlife! If you still have energy to burn up after your fun filled days, Santa Maria has lots of upbeat discos where you can dance the night away to funky Cape Veridian music, or if dancing is too energetic, why not head to one of the trendy bars instead. You are sure to find just the right end to your day, whether you are looking for lively or relaxing, take your pick as Santa Maria has something for everyone.
Santa Maria promises to be everything your tropical and exotic holiday should be, but it is very likely that you will find this mesmerising seaside town captures your heart and will have you counting the days until you can return.