Luis Guardia art in Maio

Luis Guardia art on the beach on Maio

Children on beach on island of Maio

Summer Youth Programme on island of Maio

2019 Carnival in Mindelo, Cape Verde

Mindelo carnival celebrations 2019

A shady tree in Vila do Maio, Maio Island

A shady tree a welcome find

Kriol Jazz Festival, Praia, Cape Verde

Kriol Jazz Festival in Praia, Cape Verde

Christmas scene Santa Maria Sal

Christmas Cape Verdean style

Scrimshaw pirate novel

‘Scrimshaw’ pirate adventure novel set in Cape Verde

Australian author Nazam Anhar contacted us to help promote his pirate adventure novel Scrimshaw. The story is set largely on the Cape Verde Islands. English schoolboy Nathan Whitford is taken captive by a notorious pirate and must find a way to escape the ship. He makes a dangerous journey from the island of São Nicolau to the port of Mindelo. Scrimshaw was first published in print by Scholastic Australia, and is now available as an eBook. It will be offered as a free download from Amazon for the next 5 days (as at 06 December 2018) through this link:


Bitxe Rotxa beach, Maio, Cape Verde

European Union funded projects on Maio island

Hermínia Ribeiro the deputy director of the Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF) has been on the island of Maio this month. The IMVF became a Non-Governmental Development Organisation (NGDO) in 1988 in São Tomé and Principe. The IMVF is an organisation for development and cooporation and in the 1990’s extended its work to other countries that are Portuguese speaking. The organisation has been supporting initiatives on the island of Maio.

During her visit Ms Ribeiro visited several recipients of the support to monitor progress. She reported that renewal element of the project to promote and renew tourism on Maio was nearly completed. The creation of craft-making enterprises had already resulted in more handmade goods being sold in the shop adjacent to the Forte de São José.

Also the Salt Interpretation Centre is nearing completion and it is expected that this will be a useful addition for the people of Maio and visitors to the island.

Other projects on the island such as the Projeto de Turismo Solidário e Comunitário, which was started 12 months ago, has the aim to improve the living conditions of the people of Maio. It is intended to strengthen and diversify the tourism offer on Maio. Increasing tourism will increase those activities that generate income and are connected with sustainability. This will run for a further two years.

The projects are financed by the European Union, the IMVF and the Portuguese Co-operation and the Society of Tourist Development of the Boa Vista and Maio Islands (SDTIBM).