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Bitxe Rotxa beach Maio, Cape Verde

Beaches on Maio in Cape Verde

The beaches on the quiet, often overlooked island of Maio in Cape Verde are lovely and often almost deserted. This picture is of the main beach in the lovely little town of Vila do Maio (also known as Porto Inglês). The beach is known as Bitxe Rotxa and although right in the centre of the town, you will find it peaceful and quiet. On the beach is Bar Tropikal, where you can get a drink and something to eat. Maio is well worth a visit, especially if you want a quiet, holiday away from everything that makes our lives so busy.

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The new Maio port facility

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 travelling by ferry between Praia and the island of Maio.

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Children in Vila do Maio, Maio Island

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.

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Vila do Maio beach – Bitxe Rotxa

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.

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Maio fishing boats

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.

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The sea at Stella Maris on Maio island

This is the view from Stella Maris, on the island of Maio. The picture was taken during a couple of days of rough seas. The views from Stella Maris are lovely, either looking west over the Atlantic towards the island of Santiago, or looking east along the coast of the island, as in this picture.