Top ChoiceBeach in Príncipe

Praia Banana

Praia Banana

Once the subject of a world-famous Bacardi advertisement (you'll remember it when you see it), this picture-perfect tropical beach is located on the grounds of Roça Belo Monte, a 15-minute walk from the front...

Top ChoiceMountain in Southern Coast

Cão Grande

Cão Grande

The Great Canine is the poster image of São Tomé, and an awesome sight. An enormous tooth of rock 663m high, it is a hardened column of magma, the remains of an ancient volcano whose softer outer shell has long...

Top ChoiceBay in Príncipe

Baía das Agulhas

Baía das Agulhas

The spectacular Bay of Spires is not just Príncipe's top attraction, but STP's as well. It's best seen from the water, where the postcard view of the island's world-class skyline slowly unfolds, including...

Top ChoiceFactory in São Tomé (city)

Claudio Corallo Chocolate Factory

Claudio Corallo Chocolate Factory

Claudio Corallo is both an extraordinary person and a local institution. For over 40 years this native Italian has pursued an overriding passion for coffee and cocoa in Africa, first in Zaire and later in STP,...

Top ChoiceBeach in Northern Coast

Praia dos Tamarindos

Praia dos Tamarindos

One of the island's best beaches, a beautiful white crescent facing an emerald sea, with excellent swimming. An easy drive from the capital, it's empty during the week but crowded on weekends. Reaching Guadelupe...

Top ChoiceBeach in Ilhéu das Rolas

Praia Bateria

Praia Bateria

So perfect it stops you in your tracks, this cute little beach is a scallop of sand wedged between long walls of rock. Swimming here is like being in your own private bath. Definitely the couple's first choice,...

Top ChoiceBeach in Ilhéu das Rolas

Praia Café

In the running for island's best beach, Praia Cafė is a short walk from the pier, and should not be missed. A beautiful arc of sand, it also offers excellent snorkeling when the waves are calm.

Beach in Príncipe

Praia Boi

A postcard tropical beach, with turquoise water, swaying palms and no people. You will need to bring your own food, but it is perfect for a picnic. Located around the headland from Praia Macaco, it is accessed by...

Mountain in Interior

Pico de São Tomé

This impressive peak soars 2024m above the sea like a great green tooth bleeding mist. You can see it best from the EN-1 as you drive from Neves to Santa Catalina. Or you can reach the summit by making the...

Beach in Príncipe

Praia Macaco

An excellent swimming beach, this long and pretty stretch of golden sand contains the ruins of a resort that never opened, tucked beneath the trees. It's wonderfully private and isolated, so bring everything...

Cultural Centre in São Tomé (city)

CACAU

The Casa das Artes, Criação, Ambiente e Utopias (House of the Arts, Creativity, Environment and Utopias) is an ambitious attempt to create a true cultural centre in the capital. Located in a huge warehouse, it...

Museum in Northern Coast

Museo do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal

This charming marine and fishing museum is located in a whitewashed fisherman's shack up on stilts by the water's edge. Created by local marine conservation organisation Marapa, it has some intelligent displays...

Island in Southern Coast

Ilhéu de Santana

This interesting island, which faces Santana Resort, is unique in that a natural tunnel runs straight through the centre of it. Boat trips operated by the Atlantic Diving Center (€8) can get most of the way...

Mountain in Southern Coast

Cão Pequeno

The diminutive sibling of Cão Grande, this phonolite tower is best seen from Ilhėu das Rolas.

Historic Site in Príncipe

Roça Sundy

Physics wonks, who would have thought you'd strike gold on Príncipe? Here lies the site of the famous Eddington Experiment, which proved that gravity is a function of the curvature of space and time, a...

Market in São Tomé (city)

Mercado Grande

Alternately fascinating and repellent, the Mercado Grande is divided into two cavernous and adjacent halls, the Mercado Municipal and the newer, and cleaner, Mercado Novo. They both contain the same goods, mostly...

Plantation in Southern Coast

Roça Agua Izė

Roça Agua Izė

One of the original 'Big Five' roças of São Tomé, this was the plantation that kicked off the cocoa industry in STP, and it still farms the bean, albeit at a much lower production level. If you've seen other...

Plantation in Northern Coast

Roça Agostinho Neto

Once the grandest plantation in STP, Agostinho Neto is now the grandest symbol of its decline. The impressive entrance, a wide boulevard leading to the huge hospital building, now leads to a squatter village of...

Plantation in Northern Coast

Roça Bela Vista

While this roça (plantation) is modest in size, its buildings are in very good condition relative to those found elsewhere, and include the large manager's house (straight ahead as you enter) and the adjacent...