Souvenirs from Sao Tome and Principe
Souvenirs from Sao Tome and Principe are a wonderful way to share the experiences from your island vacation. Hand carved items are a specialty of the region, such as wooden idols, tribal masks, trays, and trinket boxes. It is encouraged to visit the carvers as they are at work, to add an extra level of understanding and sentiment to your treasures. Of course, if you are unable to do so, you can purchase their work at various markets and boutiques throughout the country. A truly magnificent piece of memorabilia is a beautiful commemorative stamp from the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, reflecting world events. Tortoise shell pieces, such as jewelry, trinket boxes and figurines, are quite lovely, but may not be allowed into other countries. Santomean souvenirs can also be as simple as a beach postcard set in a woven picture frame, a beaded keychain or printed magnet.
Attractions in Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome and Principe hold many relics of their Portuguese colonial heritage, including majestic architecture, elegant parks and working plantations. The Santo Antonio Quarter of Sao Tome city is a revelation of the country's past, showing how city life existed for centuries, or you can tour a cocoa plantation to see how the bean is grown and turned into chocolate. If you are so inclined, a visit to the national museum will reveal the practices of slave trading and tribal history. The white sandy coastline and turquoise waters are their own attraction to beachgoers, but you can also see some rather miraculous sights, such as the Boca de Inferno. Translated as Hell's Mouth, this naturally occurring fountain blows a spray of ocean water meters high. The Turtledove Island lies directly on the equator, making it a curiosity for picture takers. There are also many extinct volcanoes that can be explored on foot.