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MAIO Island

Maio (in Cape Verdean Creole, written in ALUPEC: Dja-r Mai) is the easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verde. Maio is located south of the islands of Boa Vista and east of Santiago It was named by Europeans, after its first sighting on May 1, 1460. The island prospered around salt collecting, with a little agriculture and grazing, but none of the industries are now profitable. The island’s main town is Vila do Maio, also known as Porto Inglês, near which its airport lies. The island is also known for its trees, unusual for Cape Verde.

The island population is about 5,435, the area is 269 km² and the population density is 20.2/km². The tallest mountain on the island (436 m) is on the east coast, in a mountain range named Monte Penoso. Terra Salgadas is a plain filled with salt, in the far north. The northernmost point on the island is Ponta Cais. Bays includes Galeão and Santana to the north.

Tourist Activities

Maio has a few schools or a collegiate (colegio), a high school, churches, beaches including Galeão and Santana, hotels, a port serving to the islands of Boa Vista and Santiago, and a square (praça). Maio provides a landscape of vast empty beaches. There are too many to mention. Pretty much the whole coastline has beautiful white-sanded beaches. Although it was created by a volcano little evidence of it's volcanic past remains today. It is a very flat island unlike the other more mountainous island. It has a vast array of beautiful white-sanded beaches. The small town of Vala Do Maio is the capital and main port of Maio. It is situated on by one of the longest beaches of the Islands. A visit to the small town of Morro is recommended. To properly see this island it is necessary to get your own transportation. It is recommended to get a jeep or 4x4 so that you can go off-road and explore the coastline. The island attracts Bird watches as it has a large population of indigenous bird life.

Located 25 km to the east of Santiago, the spectacular unspoilt beaches of Maio and terrain is similar to that found on Boa Vista and Sal although parts of the island have been heavily re-forested. With a population of just 4,000 and untouched by tourism, this small island is a great place to escape, relax and take in the scenic landscapes, lonely beaches and mature forests that only Maio can offer.

Vila do Maio is a mix of Portuguese and British colonial style buildings that spread up a small steep hill to a huge Baroque church. To the north of the island you will find a magnificent 5km lagoon surrounded by lush vegetation.

Summer visitors may see some turtles on Maio's beaches and there are some interesting birds on the island, in particular rare sea birds in the north of the island. Despite its isolation Maio is a beautiful island to .visit and the perfect place to enjoy long uninterrupted walks along the deserted beaches and salt pans.