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Guinea-Bissau Travel Guide

Guinea-Bissau — Attractions

Guinea-Bissau boasts varied architecture from its years of colonization under the Portuguese. Aside from these man-made marvels and historic remnants, the country is blessed with astounding natural scenery, well protected wildlife reserves and national parks. The Bijagós Archipelago is truly the country’s crowning glory, composed of several inhabited and uninhabited islands offering all kinds of tourist attractions—from the ruins of the old capital of Bolama to the beautiful Orango Islands National Park.

Bijagós Archipelago

The Bijagós Archipelago is an off-the-beaten path destination some 25 miles off the coast of mainland Guinea-Bissau. It is made up of more than 18 small islands; some of which are inhabited, but rarely visited by travelers. Two of the most accessible isles are Bubaque and Bolama, the old capital of Guinea-Bissau. Great beaches as well as excellent camping await.
Address: Bijagós, Guinea-Bissau
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Bissau

Travel back in time around the rustic yet vibrant capital of Bissau. The city features a wide range of attractions that date to the country’s colonial era. A walk through the Portugal quarter will take you to a world of fascinating architecture, while the coastal area brings stunning beaches. Other remnants of the past can be found throughout the city, ranging from the Fortaleza d’ Amura barracks to cultural landmarks like the Pidjiguiti Memorial and the Museum of African Artifacts. The beautiful Geba River flows through the city, providing more views to admire.
Address: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
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Fortaleza d’Amura

Located at the south-end of Amilcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Fortaleza d’Amura is an old fortress that guards the surrounds of the city’s old Portuguese Quarter. It is one of the greatest remnants of the old world.
Address: Av. Amilcar Cabral, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
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Old Presidential Palace

One of the best examples of old architecture in the city, the former presidential palace now has a bombed-out roof, but still retains its impressive neoclassical facade. Not only is it a remnant of the colonial era—it is also a present reminder of the destructive civil war which recently ended.
Address: Praca dos Herois Nacionais, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
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Bolama

The old capital of Bolama can be found on one of the islands of the Bijagós Archipelago. It is home to fantastic beaches as well as lush mangrove forests. The Bolama Bijagós Biosphere Reserve is one of the best attractions in the area, in addition to cultural must-sees like the Governor’s Palace.
Address: Bjagós, Guinea-Bissau
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Cacheu

Located in the western region of the country on the Cacheu River, this port town features an iconic 16th century fort, which is pretty much the highlight of a visit to the area. In addition to this ancient construction, you will find other places to explore like the Tarafes de Cacheu Natural Park with its lush mangrove swamps and the bustling market.
Address: Cacheu, Guinea-Bussau
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Bubaque

Bubaque is one of the best island destinations in Bijagós, and is known for its impressive wildlife. This heavily forested beach is only a few minutes from Bolama and the Orango Islands Park.
Address: Bijagós, Guinea-Bissau
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Cantanhez Natural Park

Located in Jemberem, this park is actually a community-based conservation project established to protect the wildlife of the region. Within the verdant lands are different species of endangered birds, chimpanzees and other kinds of monkeys.
Address: Jemberem, Guinea-Bissau
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Ilha de Orango

Ilha de Orango is one of the many islands that form the Orango Islands National Park. It is a great place to island-hop and enjoy different beaches while taking in the beautiful nature that surrounds the palm-fringed coasts. The landscapes are comprised of splendid woodlands and swamps inhabited by rare species of saltwater hippos and crocodiles which are perfect for bird watching and turtle sighting.
Address: Bijagós, Guinea-Bissau
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