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Maio (in Cape Verdean Creole: Dja r’ Mai) is the easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verdemarker. Maio is located south of the islands of Boa Vistamarker and east of Santiagomarker. The island is also known for its large forest, which is unusual for Cape Verde.

The whole island of Maio makes up the Maio Municipality. The municipality includes only one parish, Nossa Senhora da Luz.


The island covers an area of 269 km². The tallest mountain on the island (436 m) is on the east coast, in a mountain range named Monte Penosomarker. Terra Salgadas is a plain filled with salt, in the far north. The northernmost point on the island is Ponta Cais. Bays includes Galeão and Santana to the north. The island’s main town is Vila do Maiomarker, also known as Porto Inglês, near which its airport lies.



It was named after its first sighting on May 1 1460.


The island population is about 5,435 and the population density is 20.2/km².


Population of Maio, Cape Verde (1940—2010)
1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
2237 1924 2680 3466 4098 4969 6754 8303


The island prospered around salt collecting, with a little agriculture and grazing, but none of the industries are now profitable.


Maio has a few schools or a collegiate (colegio), a high school, churches, beaches including Galeão and Santana, hotels, a port serving to the islands of Boa Vistamarker and Santiagomarker, and a square (praça).

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