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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.  A place where the echoes of legends like Cesaria Evora reverberate, the soulful Morna music fills every hook and corner. Experience the profound sense of 'Sodade' as you settle into a local café and watch a stunning sunset on the city beach. 

At 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 €€€€

Hidden Gem of Cape Verde: Maio Island


In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, nestled among the Cape Verde archipelago, lies Maio, an island paradise waiting to be discovered. Unlike its more frequented neighbours, Maio offers a serene escape, with its untouched landscapes and a tranquil ambience that's increasingly rare in today's bustling world.


Why choose Maio?

Maio is a unique destination for those who seek to break away from the well-trodden tourist paths. It’s a place where time slows down, allowing you to savour every moment of your journey. The island's pristine beaches, characterized by soft, white sands and crystal-clear waters, offer a private oasis to relax and rejuvenate.


Getting There: A Journey Worth Taking


Flights Operated by Bestfly

Reaching Maio might seem challenging, but it's part of what makes this destination unique. The Maio airport (MMO), a quaint and charming gateway, connects the island to the outside world with two weekly flights operated by Cabo verde airlines (TACV). These flights, originating from Praia on Santiago, the capital island, offer a glimpse into the island's unspoiled beauty as you descend.


Ferry Journey: an Immersive Experience

For those who prefer the romance of sea travel, a ferry journey presents an excellent alternative. The trip to Maio by ferry is shorter than other inter-island connections and offers a unique perspective of the archipelago's beauty. CV Interilhas operates three ferries a week from Santiago to Maio. Remember, these connections are occasional, so planning and purchasing tickets in advance is advisable.


Embrace the Pace of Island Life

Once you arrive, the laid-back lifestyle of Maio envelops you. The island's main town, Vila do Maio, is a picturesque settlement where the smiles of friendly locals are as warm as the island sun. Here, life moves leisurely, inviting you to unwind and experience the local culture and cuisine.


A Haven for Nature Lovers

Maio's natural landscape is a haven for those who appreciate the environment. Its unspoiled beaches are perfect for long walks, sunbathing, and swimming. The island is also home to various flora and fauna, making it an ideal spot for bird-watching and nature hikes.


Travel Duration

The journey from Vila do Maio to Praia in Santiago takes approximately 2 hours, whether travelling by air or sea. This short travel time makes Maio an accessible escape, yet it feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Maio is not just a destination; it's an experience. It's a place where nature's beauty, people's warmth, and the simplicity of life blend to create unforgettable memories. CaboMundo, with its deep understanding of Cape Verde's hidden treasures, is your ideal travel partner for those planning to embark on this unique adventure. They ensure that your journey to Maio is not just a trip but a passage to a world less travelled, a world waiting for you to explore.

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