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São Tomé and Príncipe
 

São Tomé and Príncipe

This is (still) one of the biggest secrets in Africa. São Tomé and Príncipe is top of the list for the most beautiful countries in Africa. With an Equatorial climate the tourists love, it's an island State formed by two main islands as well as other small islands.

The fact this is not one of the most touristic places in the African continent, maybe merely for promotion purposes, together with the cost attached to getting to the islands – gives a double image to São Tomé and Príncipe: that of a land with a strong traditional image, lost in time; and that of dream beaches. The mixture gives it beauty as both the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are practically virgin. During the last few years, there has been an attempt to develop the tourism sector. This is understandable. There are a lot of attractions. But visiting São Tomé e Príncipe doesn't just mean to spend a whole day sunbathing – the island is very close to the Equator line and means that having a warm climate all year long is one of its main attractions –, but also invites visitors to adventure and new discoveries.The discovery will lead you to find white sandy beaches, transparent sea, coconut trees, waterfalls and a wildlife which will leave you baffled. The National Obô Park, the São Sebastião Fort or the city market are not to be missed. Believe it or not, people will be welcoming: despite being fairly poor, people from São Tomé always have a smile to offer.