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Vila do Maio
—  Town  —
Nickname(s): Bila or Port’ Inglês
Vila do Maio is located in Cape Verde
Vila do Maio
Location in Cape Verde
Coordinates: 15°08′15″N 23°12′30″W / 15.1375°N 23.20833°W / 15.1375; -23.20833Coordinates: 15°08′15″N 23°12′30″W / 15.1375°N 23.20833°W / 15.1375; -23.20833
Country  Cape Verde
Municipality Maio (seat)

Vila do Maio, is a town in the southwestern part of the island of Maio in southeastern Cape Verde. It is the main urban settlement of the island, and also seat of the Maio Municipality.

The town is still (colloquially) known by its old name, Porto Inglês (Portuguese for "English port" in which was founded, Cape Verdean Creole: Port’ Inglês), in opposition of the older Porto Português (present day Calheta).

The town is the 14th largest city in Cape Verde after Picos. Vila do Maio is linked with the island's highway serving to the eastern and the northern portions of the island especially to Pedro Vaz and Morrinho. Vila do Maio has a nice port serving ferry routes only to the island of Santiago with Praia. The terrain around Maio is made up of forests in the northern part and the dry island desert dominates the rest of the area around Maio. A small salt marsh is situated to the northwest.

The mountains including a view of Monte Batalha dominates the northwest.

The population has doubled between 1990 and 2005. The GDP for the town is between low and middle range and living standards are between low and moderate.

Nearest places

Historical population

Year Population Change Density
1990 (June 23, Census) 1,573 - -
2000 (June 16, Census) 2,673 - -
2005 (January 1, Computing) 3,009 - -

Town twinning

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