About Maio

About Maio island

 

 

Dunas ilha do Maio

Dunas ilha do Maio

History

Discovered in 1460, ‘Maio’ is part of the Leeward group and is one of the flatter of the Cape Verde Islands. Despite their volcanic origin, there are some traces of its origin such as its highest peak called Mount Painful with 436 yards. Initially this island was used for livestock, especially goats. Its settlement began only at the end of the XVI century due to the large exploration of salt, which was then exported to other countries such as Brazil.

Ribeira Dom João

Ribeira Dom João

Maio geography

Maio’ despite a fairly arid plain that resembles the traditional Desert portrait, its landscapes have high contrasts with Acacia forests the result of the island’s reforestation plan, also one can find several green oases and some palm plantations. All over the island there are extensive beaches of white sand and deep ocean blue, it’s most famous beach is named ‘Ponta Preta’ (Black Tip). The sands are brought by the winds from the Sahara desert, which causes these beaches to be chosen by turtles to make their annual spawning, thus in turn generates Tourist route for Nature lover’s seeking out this hidden treasure.

Praia do Porto Cais

Praia do Porto Cais

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The largest people’s settlement on the island is in the ‘Vila do Maio’, also known as ‘Vila do Porto Inglês’ (English Bay Town) due to numerous sunken English ships, that used to port this island transporting salt. It’s a quiet and beautiful city and its people are simple and friendly. In ‘Maio’ one can find one of the most beautiful and ancient churches of the archipelago, the parish church and some houses that recall ancient times. Located not too far from the village there is a Fortress, the ‘Castelo de Maio’ was built in the 18th century to defend the island from pirate attacks.

Vila do Maio

Vila do Maio

‘Barreiro’ is a location not to be missed, where there are several colorful houses that attract many tourists. The North of the island lies the village of ‘Calheta’, a fishing village in a small bay where the sea is quite calm and near the largest forest of Cape Verde with an impressive 3500 acres. There was built the pottery Centre of ‘Calheta’, where you can find several typical decorative arts and krafts.

Floresta de Acácias

Floresta de Acácias

Although there are many more fertile areas, with vegetable cultivated fields that supply the entire island, the population dedicates mostly to fishing since there are several small ports along the beaches with large fishing varieties. In all the beaches one can see boats and canoes with beautiful colors that remind us ancient simple times. Creating cattle is also important on the island hence the production of meat, milk, dairy products and derivatives.

Praia da Ribeira Dom João

Praia da Ribeira Dom João

The most important traditional festival of the island is the feast of the day May 3, feast of the ‘Santa Cruz’ and the preparations begin in the first week of April. Like the other islands there are various religious, cultural and sporting events and range from day to day 03 May 5 that ends with the parade of ‘ Tabanka’ and the return of the cross to the place of origin, the ‘Cruzeiro’. The local gastronomic specialty is the fish stew. Is made with the most delicious varieties of fresh fish including grouper and lobster. It is a stew that uses sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, potato, squash, and green banana, a very delicious dish.

Praia da Porta Preta

Praia da Porta Preta

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