Some countries are so remote and uncertain that it is unlikely that we ever hear them. The island state of São Tomé and Príncipe is such a country. It turns out that these spectacular islands, which are located on the west coast of Africa, have incredible attractions to offer. Are you ready to discover them? We begin:
A brief history of São Tomé and Príncipe
Sao Tome and Principe are located in the Gulf of Guinea and consist of two main islands, 87 miles away, as well as some smaller islands. The islands were uninhabited when the Portuguese discovered them in the fifteenth century and were gradually colonized and colonized in the next time. They quickly became important commercial and commercial centers for the slave trade in the Atlantic.
The fertile volcanic soil of the islands makes it ideal for growing sugar, coffee, or cocoa. In fact, Sao Tome became the most significant cocoa producer in the world in the early twentieth century. The country, which has about 200,000 inhabitants and is the second smallest African country in geography, became independent from Portugal in 1975.
Bom Bom Island
This beautiful little island, located directly on the north coast of Principe, has only 15 inhabitants and is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers a seaside resort located between two beaches. It is an ideal place for deep sea fishing. If you are lucky and at the right time of year, you can see a humpback whale nearby.
Obo Natural Park
This incredible national park, home to approximately 35% of Sao Tome, is home to one of the most remarkable geological attractions in the world, Cao Grande Peak. The needle-shaped volcanic cone rises dramatically over 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape and peaks at 2,177 feet above sea level. If this is not enough, you will be happy to know that the park also contains about 700 different species of animals and plants.
Lagoa Azul is the Conchas and Praia dos Tamiraindos on the island of Sao Tome on the deserted beaches of Praia. The lagoon is surrounded not only by enormous baobabs, full of birds but also by a crystal clear water full of marine life. There exist few places in the world that are bigger for a snorkel than here.
4. Principe Island
The island of Principe, with its 53 square kilometers and its 5,000 inhabitants, is a heavily eroded volcano, about 3 million years old. Its topography is unique. It is covered in many other small volcanic mountains, as well as in dense tropical forests. If the empty beaches and the beautiful bathing waters resemble your idea of fun, you should consider Prince.
This idyllic beach is famous for the giant leather turtles that made their way in the early hours of the daylight to lay their eggs. For a complete tropical beach experience, one or two nights at a beach cottage, there is no light or other modern distractions to speak.
Boca de Inferno
The mouth of hell, as it is called in English, houses a natural phenomenon caused by waves that end in a narrow ravine that leads to a cave with a hole in the ceiling. The water pressure gradually increases, and the water is expelled through the orifice, giving a spectacular view.
Cascata Sao Nicolau
The beautiful waterfalls are a dozen, but how many do you know are foaming from a vertical wall in the jungle? You have to start a few miles into the mountains of Sao Tome to see it, but it will be worth your time.
In the capital, Sao Tome and Principe, some 60,000 people live in the country. The remnants of the colonial past can be seen everywhere, especially in the architecture of the presidential palace and the cathedral. The highlight is the Museum of Sao Sebastiao, which includes the first fortress of Sao Tome.
Roca Belo Monte
During the period of slavery in the Atlantic, plantation owners in São Tomé and Príncipe lived very well. The remains of this forgotten life can be seen in several plantation houses still preserved today. Most have become hotels, is one of the best in Roca Belo Monte. A visit to this hotel will allow you to step back in the past.
The most famous beach in Principe has already been seen in a prominent Bacardi rum advertisement but will be happy to know that you probably will not meet an actor during your visit. This perfect beach for the picture is the ideal place for a relaxing place.