Our plantation visit holiday is a real eye-opener into the legacy of colonialism. Of the 800 plantations that were set up on the islands by the Portuguese most are now dilapidated and in a state of disrepair, whilst some have survived and one estate has been transformed into the luxurious hotel Belo Monte.

If you fancy something different you can stay at a working plantation like Roca Sao Joao, where they use the local produce to create the most mouthwatering dishes. Alternatively just visit one: the oldest cocoa plantation Agua Ize on Sao Tome, or what used to be the biggest coffee plantation Roca Sundy on Principe. Imagine yourself drinking a cup of local coffee (cafe de ca), whilst sampling a bar of the best organic chocolate in the world.


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