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Sal

Portuguese for 'salt', this island in Cape Verde belongs to the northern group of islands called the 'Barlavento', literally meaning 'exposed to the wind'. With an average year round temperature of 24°C, this island provides an excellent climate for sea sports.  

Activities

Famous for it's kitesurfing and surfing, the centre in Sal specialises in these sports. Participants are split into groups based on ability and all are welcome, from complete beginners to experts. But it's not all about those sports! There is also the option to do scuba diving courses, as well as wind surfing. 

Local Town

UCPA ​Sal is located in the small town of Santa Maria, right by the sea on the most southern area of the island. With a population of just over 6,000 people, the town is small yet lively with its industrial history built upon the exporting of salt - the name of the island in Portuguese!

UCPA Centre

Instead of having a purpose built UCPA centre, in ​Sal UCPA use the Ponta Preta Residence. The hotel is a couple of minutes walk away from the beach and bars in the area. Rooms are 2-3 beds shared between guests (twin rooms are available for a small supplement).

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Testimonials

  • I love the system at UCPA where you can go as a group of friends, but still spend a full day out with other people right at your own level. 
    Amelia S
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent.  Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon tea and cake and you can drink your own wine at dinner.
    Anna R
  • Describing the UCPA is difficult. Not because there is a lack of adjectives to adequately convey the amount of fun you’ll have while you are there, the friendliness of the instructors, the quality of the food...
    Mark D
  • The UCPA has its own bar which is slightly cheaper than anywhere else in the resort. It has a pool table, comfy seats and a good atmosphere. 
    Ron H
  • Alongside the excellent equipment, lessons, food and accommodation, the thing that brings me back year on year is the atmosphere, as made by the people who go to UCPA.
    Elliot B
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc.  We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • The kit is top quality and new and there is a workshop for any adjustments or changes you may require during your week.
    Elliot B
  • There isn’t a part of UCPA that I don’t enjoy, it’s some of the best holidays I’ve had and going to have.
    Peter E