Maio, Cape Verde, Best Island

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Contacto Maio is the best and most complete in-depth internet magazine of Maio Cape Verde's paradise island; featuring essential tourist and resident information such as: a map of CV and Maio, help with travel, historical background, how to get there, Vila do Maio (the capital), the people, the weather, local dishes, food markets, restaurants, beaches, transportation and touring the island.

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Maio Cape Verde's Last Paradise...

Most visitors say that Maio is a tranquil and an almost forgotten island with extensive stretches of unspoilt white sandy beaches trimmed with coconut palms and exotic flora. Maio's splendid sand dunes and white beaches are some of the longest of the Cape Verde islands archipelago.

The island is an ideal location for holidaymakers wishing to find a quiet, peaceful beach location, with sleepy local towns and warm, clear waters. The landscape of the island is desert-like with various sand dunes, an occasional palm filled oasis and minimal evidence of its volcanic past.

Some of the islands beaches are populated by turtles, the beaches are a favourite for turtles in which to lay their eggs. Protection of the turtles and their habitat is important, so activities such as dune buggy rides are not permitted along these beaches.

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Cape Verde Property & Maio Land For Sale

We offer land and property for sale on Ilha do Maio between Vila do Maio and the town of Morro. All you have to do is complete the required information on the Contact Form, then submit to us at MaioCV.com.

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Accommodation on Maio Cape Verde Property for Rent

MaioCV.com offers a free rental classifieds service for all Maio accommodation including Hotels, Pensions, Bed & Breakfasts, Villas, Houses and Apartments. All you have to do is complete the required information on the rental property form, then submit to us at MaioCV.com.

Cape Verde is also known as Cabo Verde, Cape Verdi and Capo Verde by different nationalities. Maio Island is Ilha do Maio in Portuguese.

Cape Verde property rental is always at a premium that is why we offer free advertising. Various Cape Verde property can be submitted to the website from villas to studios.

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Maio Weather

A drift in the Atlantic Ocean, one of the attractions of the Cape Verde islands is the water sports: surfing, windsurfing, diving and fishing. Travellers are also lured to the islands by the promise of scenic hikes around the dramatic terrain of these volcanic outcrops. Many off-the-beaten-track highlights are provided to help explorers discover the hidden treasures of this magical archipelago, from beautiful bays with whaling history and beaches teeming with turtles to botanical gardens and cobbled paths leading to summits high above sea level...

We are now listed in the latest edition of the Bradt Guide!

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For anyone looking for peace and quiet in lovely surroundings, Maio (or "May" in English) is a great place to be. There are several quiet and traditional towns dotted around all over the island, all with colorful buildings and a sense of the Portuguese colonial days, and all are a little sleepy. Time seems to stand still here.

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Cape Verde Paradise

Best Beaches in Cape Verde

Maio is endowed with extensive beautiful beaches, especially on the West and South /Southwest coasts. Along with their crystal waters, they are one of the potentials to exploit in the tourism development projected for the island.

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Friends on Maio

Protect the unique fauna and flora of Maio (one of the islands of Cape Verde) and at the same time create opportunities and long-term benefits for its people.

Maio Biodiversity Foundation

Casablanca Supermarket - In Morro, we are open every day 7:30am to 8pm. All our meat is freshly frozen and stock quality food at low prices, and cool drinks.

CasaBlanca Supermarket

Sunfish Scuba Diving Academy is Maio's first PADI/BSAC affiliated dive centre, and offer a full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster.

Maio Sunfish Scuba

Maio ferry service timetables for travel between Praia (capital of Cape Verde) and the island of Maio. Currently only Sotavento visits Maio, twice weekly.

Maio Ferry Service Timetables

Origins of Cape Verde Names

  • Barlavento: Windward (Portuguese). Prevailing winds are from the northeast, and these islands are to the north
  • Maio: May. Maio Island was discovered in May 1460 by António de Noli and Diogo Gomes
  • Paúl: Marsh (Portuguese)
  • Praia: Beach (Portuguese)
  • Ribeira Grande: Big Creek (Portuguese)
  • Sotavento: Leeward (Portuguese)

Maio is the easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verde and is located south of the islands of Boa Vista and east of Santiago.
The island is also known for its large forest, which is unusual for Cape Verde.

The official language is still Portuguese, although the majority of Cape Verdean's speak Creole ('Crioulo') which is derivation from Portuguese and African languages.

Porto Inglês (Portuguese for "English Port" or "English Harbour") and Vila do Maio ("Town of May") are the same town, but a recent move has been to use the original Portuguese name.

Alternative Language Specific Country Names for Cape Verde & Maio

  • Cabo Verde, Ilha do Maio, Djarmai
  • English: Republic of Cape Verde (formal) Island of Maio
  • Danmark: Kap Verde, Kapverdiske Øer
  • Deutschland: Republik Kap Verde, Kapverden (Swiss), Kap Verde Inseln, die Insel Maio
  • España: Cabo Verde, República de Cabo Verde (formal)
  • France: Cap-Vert
  • Ísland: Grænhöfðaeyjar
  • Italia: Isole di Capo Verde, Isola di Maio
  • Nederland: Kaapverdie, Republiek Kaapverdie (formal)
  • Norge: Kapp Verde, Republikken Kapp Verde (formal)
  • Portugal: Cabo Verde, República de Cabo Verde (formal) Ilha do Maio
  • Suomi: Kap Verde
  • Sverige: Kap Verde

The official language is still Portuguese, although the majority of Cape Verdean's speak Creole ('Crioulo') which is derivation from Portuguese and African languages.

Contacto Maio Information

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Work: Casa Blanca Supermarket, Morro, Maio, 56871. Cape Verde
Email: Maio Cape Verde Maio CV

About Us

Contacto Maio is a complete in-depth, internet magazine of Maio Cape Verde's paradise island; featuring essential tourist and resident information such as:
a map of Cape Verde and Maio, help with travel, historical background, how to get there, Vila do Maio (the capital), the people, the weather, local dishes, food markets, restaurants, beaches, transportation, touring the island, pottery factory, arts and handicrafts, post, telephones, internet, business hours, currency exchange, car rental, night life, insects, classified adverts and Maio land for sale, local government, local news, an interview with the President, investing in Maio property development and real-estate, best business opportunities, buying property: private and Camara, visa residency requirements, the police, foreign workers, the future, important telephone numbers, photos of Maio and its people, facts Summary of Cape Verde.

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