Located 25 km to the east of Santiago, the spectacular unspoilt beaches of Maio and terrain is similar to that found on Boa Vista and Sal although parts of the island have been heavily re-forested.
Vila do Maio is a mix of Portuguese and British colonial style buildings that spread up a small steep hill to a huge Baroque church. To the north of Maio you will find a magnificent 5km lagoon surrounded by lush vegetation.
With a population of just 4,000 and untouched by tourism, the small island of Maio is a great place to escape, relax and take in the scenic landscapes, lonely beaches and mature forests that only Maio can offer.
Summer visitors may see some turtles on Maio's beaches and there are some interesting birds on the island, in particular rare sea birds in the north of the island. Despite its isolation Maio is a beautiful island to visit and the perfect place to enjoy long uninterrupted walks along the deserted beaches and salt pans.
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