Overview

Elusive Maio is a beautiful desert island with lovely beaches fringed by turquoise seas.

It is the least visited island of Cape Verde and still relatively unspoiled by tourism. This means that its lovely secluded beaches offer a great counterpoint to those of Sal and Boavista, where the beaches are much busier.

Try a jeep safari around the island and discover the many beaches which are hidden from the road. Salina de Porto Inglês – a large salt lake – is worth a visit if you’re a keen bird watcher or if you’re interested to see how the salt is sorted, ground and packed by local women.

Make sure you take some time to visit the attractive town of Vila do Maio (the main town on the island) with its colourfully painted houses and narrow cobbled streets.

 

Highlights

This island has some lovely secluded beaches. Unlike other Cape Verde beach destinations like Sal and Boavista, which have developed rapidly over the years, things are moving slower on the tiny island of Maio.

Maio is the least visited of all the islands. Take a jeep safari around the island and discover many beaches which are hidden from the road, and discover the sand dunes of the island. Attractive Vila do Maio is the main town on the island with its colourfully painted houses and narrow cobbled streets.

The largest salt lake in the archipelago, Salina de Porto Ingles is worth a visit, if only to see the endless conical piles of salt. Nowadays the island doesn't produce the vast amounts it once did and the salt is only used by the locals.

Activities

There is much to see and do when travelling around the islands of Cape Verde. On Maio, we are able to offer experiences which reflect the highlights of the island allowing you to step off the beaten track. Take a jeep safari around the island and discover the many beaches which are hidden from the road, and discover the sand dunes.

Accommodation

Hotel options are somewhat limited on Maio, however there are a few small guest houses and self-catering apartments and the standard of these places are surprisingly good

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