Sao Tome Town


The town of Sao Tome is picturesque, with colonial Portuguese architecture. Several cathedrals dot a mostly two-story-high skyline of pastel-colored colonial-era buildings with arched windows and ornate balconies. Wide boulevards wind along the waterside, past black rock outcroppings and sandy bays.

Founded by Portuguese in 1485, São Tomé is the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe and is by far that nation's largest settlement. Important as a port, the town city is located on Ana Chaves Bay in the northeast of Sao Tome Island. Most of the action takes place in one centralised area a few blocks in from the water, starting at the markets and spreading south to shops, banks and restaurants.
The town is easily walkable, and even destinations further out take no longer than 15 minutes by foot. There is a sixteenth century cathedral in the central part of Sao Tome. Another early building is Fort Sao Sebastiao, now the Sao Tome National Museum. Features of the city also include the Presidential Palace, Fisherman's Church, Municipal Market and the Independence Square.The airport is 4km north of town.

Once you get here, you’ll delight in this mellow capital town of fading pastel colonial buildings along the seashore. São Tomé town has charm, a budding arts scene, and plenty of activities of its own and nearby, making it an ideal base from which to make day and overnight trips.

A good trip is to visit the old city centre with its colonial era architecture and the vibrant Mercado Central and get a feel of what São Tomé was like during the colonial era. At the lively Mercado Central, you will discover the islands products and the Calilu’s secret ingredients. With a visit to the National Museum, the guide will tell you about the life on the plantations and São Tomé’s tormented pre-independence history.

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