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To the southwest of Maio, just 30 miles away, is the city of Praia.
Are you craving a shot of fun and sunshine? Two of the most popular places to get your fill are Praia de Santa Monica, 55 miles to the north, and Prainha Beach, 30 miles to the southwest.
Be a part of the electric atmosphere at Estadio da Varzea, home of both the Sporting Clube da Praia and CD Trovadores. To watch a game, head southwest from Maio for 30 miles. Afterwards, pour out of the stadium and into a nearby bar. Whether it's to bask in the glory or commiserate in defeat, look for fellow supporters in the team colors of green and gold and join in for a drink or two.
See what local events are taking place in the wider region and go to Rotcha Beach or Pedra Badejo.
The regional hub of Santiago, just 30 miles west from Maio, is where it's all happening. It has numerous attractions worth making the journey for, such as Porto Madeira, Parque Natural Serra da Malagueta and Espinho Branco. Rui Vaz and market are also certainly worth calling on.
Cape Verde offers plenty of fun ways to experience its picturesque landscapes. Adventurous souls should try their hand at mountain climbing or hiking.
If you'd like to stay active without wearing yourself out too much, why not try shore fishing? Sunbathing is another relaxed way to spend the day outdoors.
If you're just as comfortable in the water as you are on land, dive in! Swimming is popular with locals and tourists, and so is snorkeling.
Take a nice walk and fell the sun on your skin at the region's open-air markets.
Trying out traditional cuisine is about more than just nutrition. It's a sneak peek into a region's soul.
Of the many ingredients you'll uncover during your dining expedition, cabbage and tuna are among the most important.
Catchupa (slow boiled stew) and carne gizado (stewed meat and vegetables) are two well-known meals you might like to try.
Why not try some papauya candy (sweet)? This scrumptious treat is perfect for sweet tooths.
To wrap up a great night, have a few sips of Ponche (cocktail with brogue, lime and molasses), a well-known spirit.
One of the most genuine gestures you can give to the locals is to go to the trouble to familiarize yourself with a few common words and phrases. Sou de.. is how you say I am from.. Cheers/good health! is another nice one to be familiar with, so try getting your mouth around Viva.
You will be pleased to learn that the 5th of July is Independence Day, a day of festivities for the entire nation.
The only bad thing about going on vacation is that it eventually must end. While you may feel a bit emotional saying "Adeus" to Maio, just keep in mind that you're more than welcome to visit again!
When your departure time is nearing, be advised that Praia International Airport is 30 miles to the southwest.
Accommodation in Maio
Don't expect to find a huge selection of hotels in Maio, so it would be wise to explore the listings on Expedia's Maio lodging page.
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Situated near the airport, in the city center, this hotel is close to Nossa Senhora da Luz Parish, Rotcha Beach, and Maio Soccer Stadium.
Situated near the airport, in the city center, this hotel is close to Maio Soccer Stadium, Nossa Senhora da Luz Parish, and Rotcha Beach.
Situated on the waterfront, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Nossa Senhora da Luz Parish, Maio Soccer Stadium, and Rotcha Beach. Estadio da Varzea is 32 mi (51.5 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Santa Cruz guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Santiago, Pedra Badejo Beach, and Pedra Badejo Municipal Mall. Prainha Beach and Tabanka Museum are also within 25 mi (40 km).