São Tomé and Príncipe - Islands of chocolate
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Delicious chocolate, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and a natural rainforest with an abundance of fresh fruits - what sounds like a dream is reality in São Tomé and Príncipe. The African island state in the Gulf of Guinea lies about 200 km off the coast of Africa and, with an area of 1,001 km², is the second smallest country in Africa.
Once a Portuguese colony, the two islands present themselves with a very unusual charm: Besides dreamlike beaches, there are tropical forests with waterfalls in the interior in which different animals have settled over the centuries. The beaches are characterized above all by their diversity. But whether black, golden or white sand, they all have one thing in common: they are beautiful, quiet and a great retreat. Although São Tomé and Príncipe are a paradisiacal destination, only a few tourists visit them to this day. The average temperature of the two islands, which are 140 km apart, is 25 degrees, the water has a similar temperature - a paradise for relaxing days on the beach with snorkeling, bathing and relaxing. The likelihood of rain is very high, allowing nature to develop to its full potential. The unspoilt forests are ideal for hiking and guarantee an unforgettable view of the charm of the islands. The trekking tours are very varied due to the interesting villages with colonial architecture and the contrasting mountains. The island state of São Tomé and Príncipe is a very safe destination. The inhabitants are very warm and happy about every guest. The island of São Tomé is more heavily populated, with around 90 percent of the population living there.