Sitting in the Gulf of Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe is brimming with incredible natural scenery that has been captivating tourists for years. If you’re looking for an African holiday or a perfect island getaway, you might want opt for this down-to-earth destination. An exotic tropical paradise lined with lavish resorts and gorgeous coastline. There are so many fun things to do in São Tomé and Príncipe that it can be tough to figure out where to begin. Whether you’re seeking adventure or culture, discover the top-rated tourist attractions and the best things to see in São Tomé and Príncipe.
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Praia das Bananas
This this picture-perfect beach in São Tomé and Príncipe is a tropical natural charm with fun activities to do. The Praia Banana beach name is a tribute to its shape of a banana. An abundance wonders of nature where tourists can have the pleasure of admiring, diving, play and relax. It’s simply just a paradise on earth. Descend to sea level and explore the fresh waters and its golden sands or simply rest beneath swaying palms.
Visit the chocolate factory
This is a place to be here. Cocoa is of economic significance to the nation, contributing about 90% of agricultural exports. Visiting the chocolate factory, visitors get the chance to learn about history of Sao Tome and cocoa as well as about the art of chocolate making. Once here, you can try amazing versions of the freshly chocolate. And you also get the chance to buy directly from the factory. Highly recommended whenever in Sao Tome!
Visit the national museum
If you fancy some tradition and culture, take yourself to the national museum and welcoming São Tomé and Príncipe. An interesting historical place with good guide (Portuguese only). The museum has a varied number of objects on display that help to tell the history of the country. Entrance is 50 Dobras (€2), per person.
Visit Ilhéu Bom Bom
Floating in the Gulf of Guinea, Ilhéu Bom Bom is an island, one of the main islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. The island has population under 20 people, with endless fresh waters and stunning views occupying the gorgeous coastline. Definitely an ideal place for couples and lovebirds with little to no intruding from locals and tourists. There’s a tourist resort near the island.
Visit the equator landmark (Marco do Equador)
Marco do Equador a main attraction and historical landmark in São Tomé and Príncipe. Always fun to visit for photo moments. And if you have a local guide with you, they will tell you amazing story and local information. Go up and step on the equator line and be in both hemispheres at the same time.
Cathedral of São Tomé
One of the most impressive building of the colonial Cathedral of São Tomé, which is also one of the oldest churches and cathedrals in Africa. The Our Lady of Grace Cathedral (Portuguese: Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Graça), is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of São Tomé and Príncipe. Like many European cathedrals, the signature touches make it one of São Tomé’s most beautiful buildings/architectures.
Enjoy the best seafood
African and island country of São Tomé and Príncipe has a reputation as one of the best places in the world to enjoy seafood. The island nation has a strong fishing heritage, and seafood has been a key ingredient in its cuisine. And it shows in everything, a fine blend of European, African and São Toméan tastes. Wherever you go, you’ll find people relaxing over a few drinks and tons of seafood. Live it up with the locals and tourists!
Baía das Agulhas
This stunning bay of spires is São Tomé and Príncipe’s top attraction. It’s impossible to miss the spectacular spires, a photographer’s dream. The spot offers the chance to snap the island’s world-class skyline. The table mountain and lushness of the area makes for dramatic shots.
Praia Jale is one of the island’s best beaches in São Tomé and Príncipe. An incredible virgin beach with long stretches of golden sand and surf waves crashing on the shore. Guests can easily spot bay turtles waddling on and off the Ocean. Highly recommended as its never crowded all season. A perfect romantic spot with no shortage of tasty seafood dishes.
Visit the São Nicolau Waterfall
The São Nicolau Waterfall is a top tourist attraction and scenic spot in São Tomé and Príncipe. A breath-taking scenery in the midst of the forest, lush greenery with a beautiful waterfall. You’ll be so impressed by the landscape with its lush greenery, beautiful trees and plants with the background of birds. A must-visit whenever in the country.