This week I read up on travel reviews, and accounts by tourists who’ve been to São Tomé and Príncipe. In a word: a lot of praise.
English newspapers: the Times, the Guardian; French newspaper the Courrier – everybody loves the chocolate islands. Sarah Monahgan calls Sao Tome a ‘sweet island escape’. Adam Vaitilinham (Rough Guides) says Principe is a paradise island, as does Sandra Costa. French divers Jean-Louis Testori and Jean-Pierre Elophe talk about the tranquility of the island and the clean waters.
Kathleen Becker, right at the start of her Bradt Guide to Sao Tome describes colorfully how friendly a welcome she received from some local kids.
A Thoughtful Writer
A Portuguese writer, Miguel Sousa Tavares, says that Sao Tome needs to be visited by people who see it as a country of opportunities. In his exact, Portuguese, words:
“S. Tomé e Príncipe precisa (e muito) de ser visitada por gentes que vejam este País como uma terra de oportunidades, onde combater a pobreza dos seus seja entendido como meio de preservar a riqueza natural do arquipélago.”
I would say this loosely translates into an invitation.