Maio is the least visited island of Cape Verde and still relatively unspoilt by tourism.
If you want to get away from it all, Maio is for you. A peaceful, almost forgotten, island with beautiful, secluded, sandy beaches.
Maio is of volcanic origin and was discovered by the trade winds that flattened the island. Due to the influence of wind erosion, the island shows very little evidence of its volcanic past and is the flattest island in the archipelago.
Vila do Maio, the capital, lies directly on the ocean. it runs alongside one of the longest beaches of the archipelago. It is a small town with a traditional central church and colourful little houses.
Morro is another small town with pastel painted houses and coconut palms. It has a beautiful swimming beach where you can observe sea turtles who lay there eggs in these isolated sands.
The island offers diversity with hilly landscapes, as well as limestone valleys, acacia forests and coconut palms.The salt marshes in the north of the island, the Salina de Porto Ingles, are the largest in the archipelago.