SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Capital | São Tomé
Population | 179,506 (July 2011 est.)
Area | 1001 SQ KM
Official Language | Portuguese
Holidays | Independence Day, 12 July (1975)
Currency | Dobra (STD)
Time Zone | UTC +0
Best Time to Visit | June and September
Connecting with the Culture | Swimming at the secluded white-sand beaches with a lush jungle backdrop on the East Coast. Exploring São Tomé—a friendly, quiet capital city with scenic side streets and colonial architecture. Snorkelling on the true tropical paradise of Príncipe. Straddling the equator at Ilhéu das Rolas. Sipping on some of the best coffee you’ll ever taste. Visiting the pleasant town of Trinidade in the island’s interior where you can see the Waterfall Cascadas de São Nicolau nearby. Hiking through the rainforest and birdwatching. Kicking back and relaxing under the palm trees.
Read | Former Portuguese Colonies by Herb Boyd which includes an historical overview of São Tomé and Príncipe.
Listen | to Gilberto Gil Umbelina, the most famous popular recording artist from São Tomé and Príncipe.
Eat | fantastic fresh fish and a wonderful assortment of fresh fruit.
Drink | excellent coffee or the local beer, Creola.
In a Word | Olά (hello)
Characteristics | Where is this place?
Surprises | The illiteracy rate on the islands is 90%. The islands became the biggest sugar producers in the world shortly after the Portuguese founded the town of São Tomé in 1485.