is more than the barren, forgotten, remote and deserted
island with, nevertheless, some endless beaches as described by most
In colonial times abused as a
back-yard of slavery and exploitation in the times of the salt-trade, Maio has started to free itself
from structural misery since independence.
Where there was just one primary school in 1974, all children go to
school today. There even is a grammar school leading up to form 11.
have electric energy and the ring of paved roads will close soon.
construction in Vila do Maio. A modern harbour, a banc, two
filling stations, a car-rental, all that has already emerged and hopefully a
little hospital will open its doors in the next future. As life continues quiet, the few foreign visitors, coming just for a week for
water-sports and total relax, hardly discover the historically unparalleled
social development of the island going on in modern times.
is dominated by simple and friendly local guesthouses, where everything
works out slowly and where guests become part of the day-to-day
culture of a small town.
There is one only, lonely spanish Beach-hotel called Bela Vista
at the bright beach of Morro.
Strengthened Ferry services and six
domestic flights per week improve the access for international
siginificantly and have starte a real state boom in Maio smaller but similar
to the other beach islands.