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Things To See in Sao Tome and Principe

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Prior to the Portuguese invasion, both Sao Tome and Principe were uninhabited. Much of the terrain has remained unaltered since then, or has been reclaimed by the rainforests where old plantations once stood. The islands, which are covered in beautiful rainforests and have a tiny population and few tourists, are a true tropical paradise for visitors.

Obo National Park is located in the interior of Sao Tome Island. Find a local guide to take you bird-watching, climbing the 2,024-meter Pico de Sao Tome, trekking to a hidden waterfall, or trying to find as many of the island’s 109 orchid species as possible. In a spectacular display for tourists, waves enter an undersea cave on the south side of Sao Tome island and, with nowhere else to go, shoot straight up through the Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell) blowhole. The remote beaches on Principe are both stunningly gorgeous and romantic…don’t blame yourself if you feel like you’re on a South Pacific island.

Coral reefs with a diverse range of marine life—including a few endemics—are only offshore, since the seas between neighboring islands and the mainland exceed 2,000 meters! Diving and snorkeling are great opportunities to see the underwater side of this paradise, where you may see dolphins, big green turtles, and a variety of colorful fish up close. Divers who are experienced and brave may even explore underwater caverns.

Fort So Sebastio is one of the few man-made attractions on the islands. Built in 1575, the fort was renovated in 2006 and is now the National Museum of So Tomé. At night, the fort is extremely stunning. A tour of one of the islands’ colonial-era plantations—roças—is required for all visitors, and these may range from centuries-old structures slowly becoming overrun by rainforest to beautifully restored ones functioning as bed-and-breakfasts. Monte Café, one of the most readily accessible, has a new coffee museum built up and is pleasant and welcoming due to its location in the highlands. The market in Sao Tome, like many others in the area, is a busy, colorful event, and photographers will appreciate the city’s charming colonial architecture.

The seas off the coast of Sao Tome are crystal clean and teeming with life. As a result, diving, fishing, and boat excursions offer plenty of opportunities to view the sights. Club Maxel [web] is one of the few operators that provides these activities. Both islands include beautiful woods that are ideal for trekking.

Take a stroll. The traffic is low, the sea air is refreshing, and the architecture and people are worth seeing. Sao Tome’s capital city is brimming with public art. Local artists’ paintings and sculptures, as well as ancient Portuguese monuments, may be seen around the city. Frequently, when you go down the street and round a corner, you will come face to face with a vibrant and lively artwork right in front of you.

Chocolate by Claudio Corallo. On request, tours of his chocolate factory are given. He or one of his sons will joyfully explain the appallingly substandard chocolate that is sold all across the globe. Claudio has full control over the chocolate production process, from cultivating the cacao pods on his own farm on Principe to packaging the chocolate in vacuum-sealed sterile chambers. During the presentation, he gives out a lot of free samples and sells all of his goods right there in the demonstration area. It’s pricey, but it’s well worth it.

How To Travel To Sao Tome and...

By plane The Portuguese airline TAP operates one weekly flight from Lisbon to So Tomé. On Mondays, the national carrier flies from Lisbon to Sao Tome, returning the next day. On Tuesdays, Air Nigeria flies between Lagos and Sao Tome through Libreville, and on Thursdays, via Douala. TAAG Angola Airlines...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Sao Tome...

Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Rwanda, East Timor, United States, and all EU citizens may enter So Tomé and Prncipe without a visa for visits of up to 15...

Accommodation & Hotels in Sao Tome and...

In the capital, there are just a few hotels. An beautiful bed and breakfast with magnificent views is located near the town of Santana. On the tiny island of Ilheu das Rolas, off the coast of Principe, and on the small island of Ilha Bom Bom, off the coast...

Money & Shopping in Sao Tome and...

The Dobra, a limited currency, is used in Sao Tomé and Prncipe (the import and export of local currency is prohibited). You can import an unlimited amount of foreign currency subject to disclosure, but you can only export up to the amount you import. Travelers' checks aren't always a...

Food & Drinks in Sao Tome and...

Food in Sao Tome and Principe Sao Toméans eat a lot of fish, and it's usually paired with breadfruit and mashed, cooked bananas. Fish of all kinds may be found, including flying fish during certain periods of the year. Many So Toméans obtain their protein from buzios, huge land snails,...

Language & Phrasebook in Sao Tome and...

Portuguese is the official language. Over half of the population speaks it natively, but nearly everyone (95 percent) can communicate in it. Forro, a Portuguese-based creole language spoken natively by 43% of the population and as a second language by an equal number, is the other major language (85...

Culture Of Sao Tome and Principe

The culture of So Tomé is a combination of African and Portuguese elements. Music Ssua and socopé rhythms are popular in So Tomé, whereas the dêxa beat is popular in Principe. The evolution of these rhythms and their accompanying dances may have been aided by Portuguese ballroom dancing. Tchiloli is a theatrical...

History Of Sao Tome and Principe

When the Portuguese landed in 1470, the islands of So Tomé and Prncipe were uninhabited. Joo de Santarém and Pêro Escobar were the first to find the islands. The islands were discovered by Portuguese navigators, who concluded that they would make excellent trading bases with the mainland. Although some sources...

Stay Safe & Healthy in São Tomé...

Stay Safe in Sao Tome and Principe In So Tomé and Prncipe, safety is not a problem, but road traffic is dangerous, as it is in other areas of Africa. In public, violent crime is virtually unheard of. However, as tourism grows, so does the number of crimes committed against...

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