The construction of the new Maio port looks all set to proceed. It has been reported that the funding is now in place. The estimated cost of the project is €15m, together with a further €1.5m for the access road to the new port and training for young people on the island. The African Development Bank has backed the project. The president of the Bank will be in Cape Verde in July and this will coincide with the launch of the construction tender. Following technical investigations and studies, the new port will be located on the site of the existing port, close to Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês). It is understood that the ferry between Praia and Maio will be able to continue during the construction period. The new facilities should improve the experience for people traveling by ferry between Praia and the island of Maio.
Children on the island of Maio are happy and playful. They have few, if any of the elaborate toys that many European children have, but they have lovely beaches, quiet streets and lovely weather. In Maio they are particularly friendly and even though many visitors may have a language barrier, it is still possible to communicate in some limited way. These four in Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês) enjoyed being photographed.
There are so many lovely beaches to choose from in Cape Verde. On the small, sleepy island of Maio, the beaches are often deserted. This picture is of the main beach, known as Bitxe Rotxa, in Vila do Maio. There are two bars on the beach one of which (Bar Tropikal) stages live music on Saturday evenings. Maio is a lovely, peaceful place for a relaxing holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Fishing is a major source of food and employment in Cape Verde. The fishing boats go our early most mornings and then return during the morning. Here, on the island of Maio, you can see them returning and then go to the beach and buy the fresh fish. the colourful boats also look very attractive on the main beach in Vila do Maio (also known as Porto Inglês. The catch will often include tuna, wahoo and grouper.
Fishing is a major source of food in Cape Verde. Here the fishermen are hauling in their nets on the main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio. Fresh fish can usually be bought from the fishermen or are available in local restaurants.
The main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio is a lovely place to enjoy the sun and sea, with bars on the beach where you can eat and drink. The colourful boats are evidence of one of the main trades, namely fishing. Fresh fish can be purchased every day.
Maio is a lovely island, quiet and the perfect place to get away from it all. This is the main street that runs along the seafront and out towards the airport. Traffic is almost unheard of as you can see. The colourful houses make this an attractive little town and together with the lovely beaches makes this a great place for that peaceful holiday.
These children are having a lot of fun on the main beach in Vila do Maio on the island of Maio. They don’t have many possessions like children in other parts of the world, but they are happy and enjoy playing in the streets or on the beautiful beaches. They also enjoy having their picture taken.