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Island of MAIO belongs to the leeward group and is located south of the island of BOAVISTA and about 25 miles east of SANTIAGO. It has a surface area of 268 km2, the longest point, in a north-south direction being 24 km and the widest point, in an east-west direction is 16 km. The island is on the whole fairly flat, the highest point, in the middle, is Monte Penoso, with an altitude of 436 m. The valleys are arid and dry and not very deep. Although the island is volcanic in origin, there are few signs to show it.

The climate is very dry and the land is essentially calcium based rock. There is little irrigated land. Even though the climate is not particularly favorable, the island does in fact have the biggest forest park in Cape Verde. The Northern region has been well eroded by the rough seas and the strong Northeast winds. Along the coast there are numerous and very beautiful beaches of fine golden sand.

Although, the island of Maio is essentially a desert zone, here and there oases are to be found. The rearing of animals, once the most important occupation, remains one of the principal economic activities of the population. Even today, the capture of a wild donkey, a real rodeo, is an event much appreciated by tourists. With waters which abound in fish and sea-food, fishing is undoubtedly the main occupation of the islanders.