Sao Tome and Principe

sao tome e principe

Sao Tome e Principe is a small island nation off the Atlantic coast of Central Africa, located in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the Equator, west of Gabon. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, The islands became independent in 1975, and it’s hard to believe that this tiny nation used to be the largest chocolate producer in the world, and even now still produces the best quality cocoa beans.

 

Sao Tome e Principe was both uninhabited prior to colonisation by the Portuguese. Since then, much of the landscape has remained unchanged or, where former plantations once stood, reclaimed by the rainforests. The islands are covered by lush rainforests and with a small population and very few tourists, it remains a veritable tropical paradise.At sea level, the climate is tropical—hot and humid with average yearly temperatures of about 27 °C (80.6 °F) and little daily variation. The equator lies immediately south of São Tomé Island, passing through an islet named Ilhéu das Rolas..

 

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Sao Tome e Principe Map

 

The interior of Sao Tome island contains Obo National Park, Pico de Sao Tome, trek to a secluded waterfall, the Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell) blowhole in an impressive show for visitors. The isolated beaches on Principe are both breathtakingly beautiful and romantic.Just offshore are coral reefs with a large diversity of sea life Diving and snorkelling are the ideal ways to explore the underwater side of this paradise, during which you can come face-to-face with dolphins, large green turtles, and a wide array of colourful fish. Experienced and daring divers can even explore underwater caves.

Fort São Sebastião is absolutely beautiful at night.  centuries-old buildings slowly being overgrown by rainforest to lovingly refurbished ones operating as bed-and-breakfasts. Monte Café has a new coffee museum set and, since it is in the mountains, is cool and inviting. The Sao Tome market is, like many in the region, a bustling, colourful experience while photographers will love city’s quaint colonial-style architecture.

 

MAJOR CITIES

  •  SANTO ANTONIO
  •  SAO TOME

 

TOP EXPERIENCES

  •  COLONIAL ROCAsao tome et principe
  •  BANANA BEACHsao tome et principe
  •  CASCATA SAO NICOLAUsao tome et principe
  •  BOM BOM ISLANDsao tome et principe

 

  •  BOCA DE INFERNOsao tome et principe
  •  ROLAS ISLANDsao tome et principe
  •  CLUB SANTANAsao tome et principe
  •  OBO NATIONAL PARKsao tome et principe

 

LANGUAGES

The official language is Portuguese. It is spoken natively by over half of the population, but basically, everyone (95%) can speak it. The other main language is Forro, which is a Portuguese-based creole language .Portuguese is the main language in the northern part of the São Tomé island, whereas Forro is more common in the south. On the Principe island, the main language is Portuguese.

English is virtually non-existent in this country.  it is essential to know either Portuguese, Forro or French in order to get along. Otherwise, you can hire English-speaking guides.

 

EXPLORE

  • Diving, fishing and boat tours in crystal clear water.
  • Walk Around to feel the cool sea breeze.
  • Observe Sao Tome public art.
  • Taste Claudio Corallo Chocolate.
  • Spend some time at palm-fringed beaches.
  • Sail Away Chill under a cool breeze while watching for dolphins and whales.
  • Discover a Secret Hike a few kilometres into the mountains to find Cascata São Nicolãu.
  • Amaze yourself with you bird-watching.

 

“TRAVEL IS ONLY THING YOU BUY, THAT’S MAKE YOU RICHER.”

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