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São Tomé is the capital city of São Tomé and Príncipe, located on the the island of São Tomé.
Sao tome is the largest and capital city of The Sao Tome and Principe islands.It's the commercial zone of the islands meaning it's the largest port and economical affecting area.The city is such a great tourist site due to it's safety,peaceful atmosphere and nightlife.Sao Tome is great for single mums and couples to take their children to relax.It has many attractions and freindly people who are willing to help you.Also the city is developing fast due to the European,American and Chinese development aid.
There are various ways to enter Sao Tome mentioned in the following.
There are direct planes heading straight to Sao Tome from Gabon and Angola and Portugal.You'll arrive at Sao Tome Airport which is quite crowded in the afternoon but don't let that put you off.
The railways are really bad don't bother with them.
Travel by car is an alright option as roads from the south of the island of Sao Tome leads straight to the city of Sao Tome.
You could travel from the south coast to the North where Sao Tome is or come from Cameroon's city of Doulala.
Go and a hire a scooter from the locals! They are friendly and Hotel staff will assist you with this. Cost is roundabout US$ 20 per scooter.
A variety of nice things to see would be the Cathedral de Sao Tome (On Avenida da Independencia) , Fort de Sao Sebastiao (On the North of Avenida Marginal 12 Julho) and Estadio Nacional 12 de Julho (On the East Coast of Sao Tome , Atras do Estadio Ponta Mina).
For lively entertainment play volleyball at the East Coast on Campo de Voleibol or watch a movie at MARCELO DA VEIGA Cinema.
For calm entertainment swim in the ocean out in the Central Coast just in front of Rua do Municipio or play minigolf at MINIGOLF opposite Parque Popular which is on Avenida da Independencia.
The islands Sao Tome and Principe and the Capital City (Sao Tome) were a colony of Portugal up until 1972 . This means everyone in Sao Tome has a moderate understanding of Portuguese. Learning Portuguese will guarantee your enjoyment of visiting the City of Sao Tome.
However many people speak Angolares and Kriolo(Both african sounding versions of Portuguese) so to learn those from natives would be a great help.
Sao Tome not being such an advanced city in terms of work hasn't got many options to choose from 70 percent of the people there sell food , clothes , and drinks on the streets or in Markets and only the small 30 percent pursue careers like Hotel managers , Business men , and Doctors.
(However due to the rise in Taiwanese , Indian , American and Chinese investment in the City a few Sao Tomean (Or Tomean) construction workers are bulding new facilities for people to work in.
Shop for food , drinks and gifts at the bustling markets of Mercado de Fardo and Mercado Munincipal (Both on Avenida Geovany). Also there is modern supermarket called Colombo Supermarket which is situated on Avenida Kwame N'kruma near Estadio Nacional 12 de julho.
Eat tasty traditional African and modern Portuguese dishes at the great Restaurants:
Churasquiera do riboque (On Avenida Geovany)
Esplanada Jasmine (Rua da Guine)
Café e Companhia
The Hotels in Sao Tome are expensive but top quality these hotels include:
Hotel Agosto Neto(On Avenida Amilcar Cabral )
Pestana Sao Tome(On Estr de Pantufo)
Sao Tome is very safe and probably the most Peaceful African Nation since Independence. However every country/island has problems and mosquito bites is this one's . Make sure to have a Malaria vaccination before doing any travelling around the City.
US Consulate, United Nations House, Angolan Embassy , Nigerian Embassy, Taiwanese Embassy.