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... top of the Belem tower, a smaller version of the Belem tower in Lisbon. We walked to the outdoor market, the usual collection of clothes and local handicrafts and then wandered along some of the side streets, passing the President's palace, an indoor fruit and vegetable market and the main church and then arrived at the Hotel Porto Grande, where we stopped for two coffees and two beers for the sum of 6 Euros. It was a comfortable hotel with a good outside view of ...
... contrast of green fertile irrigated valleys and sand dunes of genuine Sahara white sand. The sea is an amazing colour blue and some areas of beach are well known to surfers.Our guide Carlos was excellent and made it clear to us that the island was a struggling economy that barely keeps its inhabitants fed from its crops that frequently fail from the dry weather and lack of rainfall,l in fact this year they did not have their usual rainfall ...
... of all things beautiful transcends language barriers. Then there was the gentleman from Switzerland sitting on the sun lounger next to me who wanted to know what language we speak in Australia, and in turn told me that in Switzerland there are 3 (German, Italian and Roman –I think he said), and the previous night 2 Belgian gentlemen who we have seen a few times in the bar/lounge where we go dancing – this time they fiercely protected our seats and we ended up having ...
- Stopped in Cape Verde Islands, traveled southwest and reached the coast of Brazil towards Cape St. Augustine
- The rest of the voyage was disrupted but claimed to continue South
Luckily as I wander around like an ant who's lost his trail, I bump into the uncle from that day! He shouts "ABIL!!!" (what feels like half way across town to someone used to quiet Swedes whose idea of an emotional outburst equals sending in a complaint to the local newspaper) and from around the corner comes the big serious man, his little boy Bruno lights up as he sees me. One out of two ain't ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Morabeza Santa Maria
Questo è un hotel carino, ma ha qualche problema. Al momento ci sono dei lavori in corso, quindi c'è molto rumore.
Quest'hotel è in un'ottima posizione, è proprio sulla spiaggia e a piedi si arriva facilmente a Santa Maria, non che la città offra molto! L'hotel ha una bella piscina circondata da una gran quantità di lettini per il sole, anche se ci vorrebbe qualche ombrellone in più, visto che durante la nostra vacanza il clima era sempre molto caldo e umido. Il cibo era buono e presentato in modo fantastico. Al momento l'hotel è in fase di ampliamento, stanno costruendo altre camere. A quanto pare le nuove camere saranno attrezzate meglio di quelle già esistenti, che avevano un disperato bisogno di essere rimesse a nuovo.
The best bits really were the flights (full of expectation), the breakfasts (buffet) and getting back to the hotel of an evening and sitting in the bar. The beach of course was lovely and the sea a nice temp but there is a constant wind which leaves you sand blasted if you are laying on the hotel sunbeds (which are mattresses on the floor). There are beggars and hawkers trying to sell you necklaces, shells and sand pictures all day long.
This is a nice hotel but has some problems. There is extensive building work going on at present whch can be noisy.
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This hotel is not worth the money. On Sal there are better and at the same time cheaper options. We've stayed in several hotels, Hostels and B&B's, but Morabeza, with the highest price was the worst kept. Paint peeling off, roaches in the rooms (I never had any roaches in other hotels or hostels).
And the service is louzy. Don't get fooled by "the third world developing country" retoric, other Cape Verdian hotels do succeed in cleanliness, and friendly service, so ...
This hotel has an excellent position being right on the beach and within easy walking distance of Santa Maria - not that there's much there!
It has a nice swimming pool and plenty of bedchairs although more sun umbrellas would be useful as it was very hot and humid when we were there.
The food was good and well presented.
The hotel is in the process of being enlarged - more bedrooms. The new rooms look as if they will be better equipped than the existing ones which badly needed refurbishing.
Travelled with Astreaus Airlines which I had never heard of. Flew in their Star Class which I have to say was excellent. The service and food were very good. The extra cost was well worth it. Not exactly Club Class, but then again - nowhere near the cost. Flight times - 6hr40min going due to head wind and 5hr20min coming back. (Gatwick)
The Cape Verde's reputation as the next big destination for Europeans, particularly the British is, as far as one can tell, founded on two things, their proximity and the weather. There can be no denying these factors (plus the beaches and the permanent, strong onshore wind) make for, on first glance, a sure fire hit. So my wife Pennie and I headed due south from terminal 2 via Lisbon to Sal. Which is where it started to go wrong. I will never fly TAP ever again. The service was as poor and rude as I have experienced on any flight. On all 4 legs of the trip I almost felt like apologising for disturbing the cabin crew. However to do this I would have first had to get their attention which in a total of 12 hours flying I didn't manage once.
I spent a week in Cabo Verde including 4 nights at the Morabeza.The Hotel is well established has a nice pool area and is just by the beach.If i were going to Sal again I would definately use this hotel.Look up the hotel web site for all the details.
Santa Maria is probably the best place to stay in Sal.There is plenty yo do there.Sal itself is very desolate.It's ok for sun,sea and watersports but there is nothing to see there.If you are going that far I would certainly recommend you travel to some of the other islands which are much more interesting.We whent to San Vincente(Mindelo was fun),The highlight was a visit to Santo Antao where the scenery is breathtaking
For anyone travelling to Sal I highly recommend the Hotel Morabeza, bearing in mind that this is effectively a third world country and you cannot expect 5 star accomodation unless you want to do one of those all inclusive jobbies, in which case you could be anywhere! This hotel has a great location - on the beach - 3/4 restauarants and bars, lovely gardens and common areas, the one let down is the rooms - they are basic, but you don't spend that much time in your room. The staff are most pleasant bar one of the girls at the pool bar! Food is good and its a stone's throw from the town of Santa Maria, literally.