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São Tomé and Principe

Introduction

Sao Tome and Principe Map & Flag
The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe consists of two main islands that form part of a chain of extinct volcanoes and both are fairly mountainous. They are situated in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the Equator, west of mainland Gabon.

Illa de São Tomé is 50 kilometers long and 32 kilometers wide and the more mountainous of the two islands. Its peaks reach just over 2,024 meters. Principe is smaller at about 30 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide.

The capital city is São Tomé. Other major towns include Neves and Santa Cruz on Illa de São Tomé and Santo Antonio on Ilha do Principe.



 


Africa Guide's recommended book
Sao Tome and Principe (Bradt Travel Guide)
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Largely unexplored and unexploited by tourism, these tropical volcanic islands off the west African coast are the antithesis of mass-market destinations – and one of the most unspoilt places on earth. The author guides pioneering travellers round this African island paradise, 75% of which is covered by rainforest, and its unspoilt palm-fringed beaches, towering volcanic peaks, and fascinating colonial heritage. She also provides in-depth coverage of Sâo Tomean culture and history as well as contemporary political issues.

 
 
   
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