Maio, Cape Verde
Maio Native name: Dja r’ Mai’ Geography Location Atlantic Ocean Coordinates Area 269 km2 (103.9 sq mi) Length 31 km (19.3 mi) Width 25 km (15.5 mi) Highest elevation 436 m (1,430 ft) Highest point Monte Penoso CountryCape Verde Concelhos (Municipalities) Maio Largest city Vila do Maio
Maio (in Cape Verdean Creole: Dja r’ Mai) is the easternmost of the Sotavento islands of Cape Verde. Maio is located south of the islands of Boa Vista and east of Santiago. The island is also known for its large forest, which is unusual for Cape Verde.
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 Penoso. 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 Maio, also known as Porto Inglês, near which its airport lies.
- Figueira da Horta
- Figueira Seca
- Monte Branco
- Pedro Vaz, on Maio's east coast
- Pedro Vaz, near Galeão
- Pilão Cão
- Porto Cais
- Praia Gonçalo
- Ribeira Dom João
- Santo Antônio
- Vila do Maio (formerly Porto Inglês, meaning English Port) (pop: 1,561)
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
- Information about Maio by sodade.de (German)
- Map of Maio (scale: 1:50,000)
- Maio, Cape Verde's Paradise
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