We have previously always been to the island of Boa Vista (which is worth a visit if only to arrive at it's international airport which is built to look like a sand castle!!) but we fancied a change this year so we went to the larger and more developed island of Sal.
We stayed at the newly opened Melia Dunas hotel which is basically an all-inclusive paradise. We had a fantastic view over the pools and out to the ocean from our room's balcony.
|The view from our balcony|
|Some of the delicious meals we enjoyed at Melia Dunas.|
|Clockwise from top left: Frozen strawberry cosmopolitan, caramel frappuccino, passionfruit Malibu, mojito|
|The view from my pool side sofa|
Our first stop was Palmeira, a small fishing village where we saw locals standing by the dock sharpening their gutting knives waiting for the morning's catch to be brought in.
|I loved this faded mural on the wall of the souvenir shop at Palmeira and this door which had been abandoned in the street!|
|The "Blue Eye" and me stood on the rocks at Buracona|
However, later in my holiday I came to the conclusion that it should be mandatory for every tourist to the island to visit the shanty town so that they could see the conditions that some of the staff in the hotels have to live in. This might stop some of the rudeness I saw from wealthy Europeans complaining that the staff didn't properly speak their language or that they weren't being served their food fast enough.
A visit to Shark Bay to look for Lemon Sharks was next on the agenda. I thought that we would be looking at the sharks from the shore, or perhaps on a little boat, but no. A lovely local chap with a selection of jelly shoes to protect your feet from the sharp stones in the water was there to guide you out in to the sea to paddle - With. The. Sharks. Yup.
As you can see from the photos these were proper sharks with fins and everything - circling just like jaws. But it was okay, we didn't actually get that close and this sea slug that the guide found on the way back to the beach was actually way creepier than any of the sharks out in the water!!
|That's me floating in the salt lake!|
|Part of Sal's salt mining history|
|Another little port we came across on our travels|
Going on holiday is obviously about relaxing, but why go all that way and not see at least a little bit of the country you are visiting? I loved chilling out in the hotel complex but it's the tour of the island that I'm really going to remember years from now.
Where's your favourite place to go on holiday? What makes your holidays memorable?
Mr. Forcella and I travelled with Thomson and stayed as Level guests at the 5 star Melia Dunas Beach Resort & Spa. Our island tour cost 25 Euros each with Blinky's Tours. We paid in full for our holiday, meals and tour and as such this is a completely independent review and all opinions are my own!