Maio Island, the wild word

This island is almost entirely surrounded by beaches of white thin sand contrasting with: the blue of the crystalline warm waters. Praia Preta, Praia Real, Pau Seco, Porto Cais, Bitche Rotcha and Boca do Morro are some of the most well known beaches.
Visiting the island means to shelter oneself in an almost wild world which invites to rest and to embark in a diving adventure to enjoy the extremely rich maritime fauna. Very common and seasonal is the appearance of turtles that choose these pure beaches to spawn.
Although stark, stockbreeding has a significant expression and even nowadays the capture of wild donkeys in a sort of rodeo is a highly appreciated event.
From the airport to Vila do Maio (Maio Village), the main urban centre, the distance travelled offers a view over the salt works that were an important economic resource in the past and are now abandoned.
Vila do Maio, also known as Vila do Porto Ingles (British Port Village) due to the continuous presence of British boats which in the past transported the salt, is dominated by the peace and quiet its inhabitants make a point of preserving. Its main monuments cannot be overlooked, for they marked the history of the development of the island: the grandiose Igreja Matriz (mother church), Maio’s Castle (built in the XVIII century as a defence against pirates) and Farol de São José (S. Jose lighthouse).
Other interesting places include a little up to the north, Calheta, a fishing village with a charming bay and home to the largest forest area of the country made up of acacia trees, refuge to the only wild fauna, the “galinha do mato” (hazel grouse). The pottery centre is also admirable and there the visitor can observe and buy remarkable examples of the Cape Verdean handicraft tradition. More to the north, towards the interior, another small and peaceful village – Cascabulho – reveals its wonderful handicraft, this time in tapestry.

 

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Sta Luzia, the smallest island

Santa Luzia is the smallest island of the windward island group of the Capeverdean archipelago. It is 13 km long, 5 km wide, and has a highest altitude of 395 m. The highest point is located in the North-most island, while the south of the island is flatter, with dunes and white sand beaches. Now uninhabited, Santa Luzia was home to a small livestock breeding and orchil lichen picking community in the XVIII century, with a population reaching its maximum of 20 people living from meat, milk and leather obtained from goat breeding in the XIX century.

With the cyclic draughts and the scarcity of water, inhabitants gradually left the island, which is now uninhabited.

Administratively, Santa Luzia belongs to the municipality of Sao Vicente, in the island of the same name.

Since 1990, the island of Santa Luzia and neighboring islets (Branco and Raso) have been declared Public Heritage by the state, based on their rich fauna. The fauna is composed of are species of mainly birds, fish, and gastropods that have adapted to the ecosystem though time, and nowadays make this group of islands a true nature reserve.

Interestingly, though many of the Capeverdean islands carry names of saint men, mostly corresponding to the day they were discovered, Santa Luzia is the only one named after a saint woman.

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Why Cape Verde

Dunas-do-Morrinho_galleryfullThese “ten little beans of sand” that are seen approximate until we fasten in each one of them, to the point of noticing that there are still some islanders besides the 10 islands that compose the archipelago of Cape Verde, are imposing as a new and attractive tourist destiny, as the colours, with that we decided to paint each one of them in our opening map, suggest.

With the green-hope of the vegetation, scanty but precious, of the agricultural fields, of the scattered fruit bowls, of the rare forests of the summits;
With the blue-nacreous of our sea, transparent, lukewarm and homelike;
With rose of our youth, cheerful, uninhibitive and dreamer as the bougainvilleas that decorate the façades of the houses, on the door and the two windows;

Cape Verde is all this.

Behind a fleeting bitterness that fast forgets,
Sip the quiet juice of the soft living of the people,
Hunt the fulgurate brilliance of surprising oasis spots,
Remove in the sea the temperature of a silky, emerald and refreshing water,
Slide to the light wind on flat water,
Challenge fish around, in a fight of forces almost equal,
Glide in summits of panoramic and inebriant reach,
Dive in the fertile riversides of flowery cane and waterfall streams,
Navigate in the “sabura“ of the conviviality of the nights wrapped by the “morna” or shaken by the “funaná” or the “coladeira”,

Here are some of the ingredients that in Morabitur,
In inoculated doses flowing of your holidays,
We built a palette of choices that, for sure,
Will allow you
To own to the rhythm of the programs, circuits, trips and activities
That we propose you and you can find discarding our islands one by one,
Of the charms, latent or hidden, that Cape Verde contains.

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