The relaxed, golden sand island
Embrace the essence of Cape Verde on Maio Island, a remarkable corner of tranquillity, culture, and heritage. Maio boasts an array of talented individuals, from musicians to poets, artists, and writers. As you meander through the island's capital, Vila do Maio, the spirit of Cape Verdean warmth, known as Morabeza, envelops you. Vila do Maio buzzes with life, its streets pulsating with an island vibrancy that's reminiscent of a tropical oasis. Let the balmy breeze wash over you as you unwind on the pristine beaches with a refreshing Caipirinha cocktail.
Vila do Maio
As the heart and soul of Maio, Vila do Maio is where life's rhythm unfolds. With its burgeoning population, it's the pivotal point of commerce and culture on the island. A place where the echoes of legends like Cesaria Evora reverberate, the soulful Morna music fills every nook and cranny. Experience the profound sense of 'Sodade' as you settle into a local café, le
Come festival time, Vila does Maio dazzles with colour and energy. The carnival parade is a riot of joy, drawing admirers from far and wide, cementing its reputation as a must-visit spectacle.
This creative hub is a testament to the multifaceted Cape Verdean identity and offers insights into the rich tapestry of its history and traditions.
Maio's Mesmerizing: With its dramatic terrains marked by untamed mountains, secluded sandy shores, dormant volcanic formations, and rugged coastlines, Maio presents a visual feast. Although arid, its charm is undeniable. Majestic peaks like Monte Branco stand tall but do not hinder the passage of clouds, leaving the landscape thirsty. Hidden gems like the Ponta Preta Beach beckon with their untouched beauty, but caution is advised when swimming due to potent currents.
Historically, Maio's inhospitable terrains delayed its colonization. However, the protected bays, once favoured by pirates, now house the tranquil harbours of Vila do Maio, standing as a testament to the island's growth and evolution.
Maio's Must-Visit Spots:
Vila do Maio: Dive deep into history with a guided tour of its colonial architecture and vibrant neighbourhoods.
Barreiro: A quaint fishing hamlet offering stunning volcanic vistas and panoramic views of the nearby uninhabited islands.
Ponta Preta: A dormant volcano, it's a hiker's paradise. Navigate its craters and paths for an exhilarating experience.
Monte Branco: Towering over the island, it's a haven for trekkers. The summit offers unparalleled views of Vila do Maio and the expansive coastlines.
Porto Cais: Renowned for its annual music fest, its natural lagoon is a haven for young swimmers.
Pedro Vaz: A burgeoning tourist spot, its eateries serve mouth-watering delicacies. Watersport enthusiasts will find it a dream with opportunities for windsurfing and snorkelling amidst turtles.
Calheta: A picturesque fishing village, it offers authentic Cape Verdean experiences. On breezy days, it becomes a hotspot for kitesurfing enthusiasts.
Stay in Maio
Villa Marisela B&B €€
Maio Beachfront Retreats €€€
Pousada Vila do Maio €€€
Island Escape Residences €€€€