Santa Maria City Tour & Cuscuz Tasting with a Local Family

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Discover Santa Maria with a local Guide. Explore the local market, Taste Cape Verdean cuisine, visit Shells Beach, learn salt extraction, end at the stunning Ponta Preta Beach.


  • Meet a local familly for a local food tasting
  • Explore Santa Maria with a local expert guide
  • Learn the traditional salt extraction process at the Santa Maria Salt Pans
  • Venture to Shells Beach, where you can capture breathtaking photographs


Start your journey by being picked up from your accommodation as we head towards the municipal market to learn about the introduction of legumes, fruits, and vegetables to the volcanic islands of Cape Verde. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture as you interact with the friendly residents and explore the colorful houses adorned with stunning street art that narrate the history of Sal Island and its people. Next, you'll have the opportunity to meet a local family and savor the rich Cape Verdean gastronomy by indulging in delicious Cuscuz and Fidjos dishes made from organically grown ingredients like corn and banana. Afterwards, we'll venture to Santa Maria Shells Beach, where you can capture breathtaking photographs and discover the significance of this seafood fishing activity, which serves as a source of income for the local community. Continuing our journey, we'll explore the city center and visit some local souvenir shops, giving you the chance to mingle with the locals and pick up unique keepsakes. We'll then proceed to the Pontão fishing area before heading to the Salt Pans of Santa Maria. Here, you'll delve into the local history and witness the traditional salt extraction process that played a pivotal role in naming the island. To conclude our adventure, we'll drive to Ponta Preta Beach, where you can take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline and, if conditions permit, enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. Your unforgettable tour concludes with a convenient drop-off back at your accommodation after a wonderful day of exploration.


Hotel pickup and drop-off in Santa Maria Transportation Fully Licensed Expert Guide Tasting of the local Cuscuz Time for a swim at Ponta Preta beach Small Group Tour Liability Insurance

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