Maio has an area of 269 km2, with a maximum length of 24 km and a width of 16 km, housing a population of about 6700 inhabitants (in 2000). It is called Maio because it was discovered on May 1st 1460.
It is an island of volcanic origin, but even so, it has flat characteristics and its highest elevation is Monte Penoso, 437 meters high. Geomorphologically, it is considered the oldest island in the country.
Ilha do Maio is located about 23 kms from the capital of Cape Verde, the city of Praia;
Cidade do Porto Inglês, former Vila do Porto Inglês or Vila do Maio, is the largest urban center on the island.
In addition to the City of Porto Inglês, there are still twelve more locations: Morro, Calheta, Morrinho, Cascabulho, Gonçalo and Santo António Beach, Pedro Vaz, Alcatraz, Pilão Cão, Ribeira Dom João, Figueiras and Barreiro.
If you come to Cape Verde, don’t miss Maio! Tranquil, untouched beaches for miles, off the beaten path and away from the other tourists. If you visit here, you won’t be sorry! Enjoy!