São Tomé and Príncipe is an African country of several islands located in the Gulf of Guinea, being the main ones Sao Tome and Principe, which name the place itself. It’s a very uncommon travel destination with barely 12,000 visitors per year. Despite being quite unknown, is one of the most beautiful places of west Africa, combining paradise like beaches with rain forests ideal for hiking!
It’s a former Portuguese colony which gained the independence in 1975, after the decision of the Portuguese government to dissolve the overseas Portugal. Their inhabitant live mainly from agriculture, being cocoa the main crop.
Fishing is also one of the main activities of the locals even though lately they are trying to promote the islands as a tourist destination. So don’t hesitate and visit them as soon as possible!
How to get to São Tomé and Príncipe The easiest way is to get a flight from Lisbon, Portugal. There are some international travel agencies already organizing trakking trips on the islands.
What to do and see in São Tomé and Príncipe: Mainly a combination of sun bathing and hiking. There are also some interesting places to visit like Obo Natural Park, Rolas Island, San Sebastian Fort, Laguna Azul Lighthouse or Jale Beach.
Where to stay in São Tomé and Príncipe: There are not many options but you can find good places to stay, mainly in São Tomé. These are some of the hotels and hostels available:
Where is São Tomé and Príncipe: You can click on the map to see it bigger.
Credit: Photos by Inés Fernández