You’ll find two of Sal’s most famous festivals at the end of the UK’s summer season. Both religious and non religious people can enjoy the celebrations and experience the true Cape Verdean spirit.
Nossa Sra. De Piedade – Our Lady of Pity Day – August
This day-long celebration begins with a morning Mass – as most of the religious festivals do – in Santa Maria’s church, followed by a colourful procession with music. It eventually ends up at the beach.
Taking your shoes off you can feel the sand against your feet as the real party begins with live music and even swimming races.
Santa Maria Music Festival – September
The Santa Maria Music Festival, also known as Municipality Day, is part of the celebration of Sal’s patron saint and takes place over a weekend.
Held on Santa Maria’s palm-lined sandy beach, it’s a chance for local bands and singers to perform. This great event has an eclectic range of music influenced by Cape Verde’s Portuguese, Brazilian and African connections. Many people camp out as the sun goes down, and gather around bonfires that light up the night’s sky.