Don't Miss Places In Equitorial Guinea
Just north of the equator, the Atlantic coast of Africa takes a great sweep westward. This is the extremely hot and humid Gulf of Guinea. Its waters are fed by heavy rainstorms and muddy rivers. Equatorial Guinea consists of a mainland region called Mbini, where the majority of the people live and the five islands. By far, the largest of these is the northern island of Bioko. Here, near the volcanic slopes of Santa Isabel Mountain is Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital.
Both Mbini and Biloko Island have coastal plains and dense rain forests. The country’s main food crops are cassava, bananas, and sweet potatoes. Most people live by fishing and writing. Life here is hard because much of the soil is poor quality and harvests are often small.
These are top attractions and the not to be missed places in Equatorial Guinea…
Cathedral de Santa Isabel (Malabo Cathedral)
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The Cathedral de Santa Isabel is a magnificent example of Spanish colonial and Gothic architecture. As of now, the facade is under renovation, but the activities of the church are kept. As in the rest of Equatorial Guinea, do not take pictures or only take if the local authorities allow you to do so. The cathedral is located in in the colonial island of Fernando Poo, the actual city of Malabo which is now called Bioko Island. Being an especially valuable monument, it retains the essence of the Spanish presence on the island and decadent air and lovely times. The sacred place contemplate the colorful ambience and joy, religious ceremonies are held there and you will realize that you need not go to Harlem to enjoy choral music in churches because in Africa that music can be listened and enjoyed as much or even more.
Today, the Malabo Cathedral is partially undergoing rehabilitation process. It can still be visited and accessible but you’ll see from the right exterior some metal scaffolding. Within two years this cathedral, Gothic design and work of Luis Segarra Llairadó style fulfill a century of existence. It is right in the middle of the city from where you can visit other interesting points. The area is usually quiet and secluded of the highest concentrations of people and cars in the city. If you live in or visit the city you cannot ignore, it is also one of the few elements that have survived since colonial times until now. The church has its own collection of icons and it has an impressive image of San Martin de Porres. This Spanish style church is a reminder of Equatorial Guinea’s colonial past. The freedom to worship and other human rights were denied after independence.
La Casa Verde
La Casa Verde is the former headquarters of the company Muñoz and Gala which was pre -fabricated in Belgium and built entirely of wood, and was brought to Guinea and assembled here in the mid- nineteenth century. It has been in existence for more than a hundred and fifty years. This makes it worthy of being the oldest building in Malabo. It first served as the Consulate of Portugal, then it belonged to the company Perez e Hijos later moving to Muñoz and Gala its current owners. It owes its current color to the name that is painted. In the process of restoration, it has kept the color giving it a darker hue. So far, the interior is not open to the public and can only be seen from the outside.
The Green house is an old colonial building made of wood that came unassembled in a boat and miraculously managed to stay on his feet despite many centuries. It was recently restored to its original appearance and color and is waiting to be granted a cultural use as it corresponds to the category and its historical references. The site is well maintained and the original parts are kept intact.
The Arena Blanca is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Equatorial Guinea. It has a stunning beach, coastal houses and locals who live their everyday life - bathing, eating, drinking beer, and relaxing. This beach is very interesting to visit. The white sand beach is worth a visit. It is known for its natural beauty and the violent waves. You can make a stop in Luba and go to this beach, which is about 3 kilometers from the city (and some 50 km from Malabo).
If you seek a place to hang out and bath on a beach with bars and filled to the brim with diving and snorkeling gear and more, then this is the place. If you are looking for tranquility and peacefulness stay away. On weekends it is visited by families who enjoy having a picnic, fun, and frolic under the sun.
Dawn of Mbini is the name of a beach resort located in the village of the same name, Mbini comprises grandiose landscapes of great beauty and the road leading to there from Bata is in fairly good condition. It is worth going to the beach and to enjoy the facilities. It is a modest but very pleasant place. There is an outdoor restaurant and is a nice place to spend the day, and don’t worry about where to stay as it has hotel facilities.
Although Pico Basile is a restricted area if you go with a proper permission from the environmental authorities corresponding to reach the summit is no problem. The asphalt goes to the very summit located at 3011m where we find a small military checkpoint. At an elevation of 2,800 you can visit the Virgin of Bisila, now destroyed by a storm.
On clear days you can see Cameroon and Nigeria. From Malabo it is still two hours away by car; you go up or drive with a good car because the slopes are strong. The partial trekking can be done from km 22. A visit to the Basile Peak or Pico Basilo is a must while in Equatorial Guinea.
Bata Cathedral is a beautiful building that has been established since the seventeenth century although inaugurated in 1954 by Claretian Missionaries. The building in addition to being an architectural interest deserves a visit in itself. It offers Holy Mass everyday and ceremonies in which you can hear sacred music performed with instruments of the country like the traditional balafon and as such, parishioners sing and dance, and dress their finery, a spectacle not to be missed.
The sacred cathedral was inaugurated in 1954 and has still preserved its original neo-gothic architecture. Initial work for the construction of the Cathedral of Bata began in 1951. It was designed by the surveyor Angel Rovira. The builder was an Italian architect named Nino Monti. The temple is 50 meters long and 20 meters wide. The nave has two meters. The wings are nine meters each, while the cruise measures 30 meters. In the year 2000 a restructuring phase culminated in the restoration work that started in 2003 and ended in 2005.
La Luna Restaurant
The La Luna Restaurant offers a set menu at a very low price, but despite the nominal price the service is excellent, the dishes are very tasty and composed of a starter, a first or a second meal and sweet deserts. The restaurant offers an excellent view of the ocean and the port area. It is one of the best places to dine out and have fun in Equatorial Guinea. At night, the restaurant transform into a lively disco and where guests can have a pleasant evening. The delicious food and ocean views make a visit to this restaurant unforgettable. The food is one of the best in Malabo. It is an optimal location for parties and you can book the whole terrace with a huge tent to accommodate all guests.
It is a restaurant and bar that offers quality service and very varied menu. The restaurant is good with a nice view of the port. The terrace is nice with a lake in the center. The salads are super fresh and well-seasoned. The food is delicious fresh from the grill and the views over the harbor and the sea is breath taking. In short it is a place where you will feel good both on the terrace and inside. The dishes are fairly priced and you will discover a great place in the heart of the city.
Monte Alen National Park
The Monte Alen National Park is Equatorial Guinea’s treasured attractions that is worth a visit. It’s enticing trails are one of the reasons why tourists frequent this mountain. The secured range covers about 1300 sq. km. making it an ideal place to experience its vast rainforest and cold winds on top of the mountain park. The nearby timberlands of the Rio Muni is also accessible from this park. It is a protected and preserved area by the government. There are campsites provided for those who intend to have an overnight stay in the mountain.
The challenging trail helps educate every mountain climber about the rich biodiversity, wild animals, flora and fauna of Equatorial Guinea. Be sure to have a guide or porter who knows the trail by heart. Permits must also be secured at the environment and natural resources office before gaining access to the mountain park. If you’re lucky enough you can meet; mountain gorillas, elephants, crocodiles, chimpanzees, and an entire scope of other rare and endemic African wild animals. Be mindful that climbing in the recreation center can be hot, tricky and strenuous - stock up on water, dry garments and basic supplies.
Museum of Modern Art in Equatorial Guinea
The collated works presented at the Museum of Modern Art In Equatorial Guinea shows customary and contemporary paintings and sculptures from all over Africa and gathered collections by a portion of the districts best known artists. The Museum tries to upgrade the comprehension and valuation for Africa's talented locals and culture through self-expressions.
The Museum is at present adding to the accumulation and is working with youthful specialists from over the district. It likewise expects to give backing and training to another brilliant era of specialists by giving a space to display as well as to provide for them a chance to work with different organizations all over the world.
Museum of Biyabiyan
The Museum of Biyabiyan is where you can examine customary Fang figures and various kinds of art works, and an interesting highlight on Equatorial Guinea’s cultural history. The quint town is little yet it is prominent for the enormous number of bars. In this museum you will learn that the first people who lived in the Equatorial Guinea especially along the Mbini region were pygmies.
During the middle Ages, this area was invaded by various different tribes including the Fang, the Benga, and the Bubi. The Bubi were the first people to settle on Bioko Island. The Portuguese came here in the 1470s and laid claim to large areas of territory. They were followed by the Spanish, who governed from the 1800s until 1968, when the country became independent. After this, political parties were officially made legal in Equatorial Guinea in 1992 and elections were held for the first time in 1993.
The tropical country of Equatorial Guinea is a little nation in the Western side of Africa. It compensates for its generally little size with its rich vegetation and the lovely pleasant view that is plentiful over this astounding nation. The tropical timberlands and snow topped mountains add to the excellence of the spot. It draws in sightseers from all corners of the world to this nation loaded with society and stunning view. Great climbing and territories for climbing can be organized or arranged in advance.
Malabo is the recognized capital city and it can be found along the surroundings of the active Pico Malabo Volcano. It serves as one of the favorite peaks and summits to assault by seasoned and amateur climbers. It overlooks a Spanish frontier town that is loaded with enthusiastic benevolent individuals, and dazzling greenery, each one co-existing in this quiet own in Equatorial Guinea. If there is no volcanic activity, there is a go signal from authorities and issue a special permit to enter its forest region and climb its peak.
Café Malabo is a nice place in the city center where you can have a cup of coffee, snacks, and perhaps listen to live music, and watch a stand – up performance featuring the country’s local artists. The price here is much cheaper than any other café and bars in Malabo. The ambience here is modern and mostly attracts the young crowd, local and foreign. The place is worth a visit because of its very decent service, affordable price range, delicious cooked meal, variety of dishes and the freshest fish which apparently is always freshly caught in the ocean. This café is highly recommended while on tour of Equatorial Guinea.
The restaurant has a cozy space, smoking and non-smoking Lounge Bar with live band music comedy bar, and really good food 9their pasta and pizza are bestsellers). The combo meal order of Café Malabo meat and fish / shrimp skewers is highly recommended. It is a great meeting point and you can request to lower the volume if you want to talk quietly at the table with your companion. It is ideal for a romantic date and to spend a nice night cap after touring the attractions of the capital.
Bar Le Paris
The Bar Le Paris is one of the few places in Malabo where you can dare to eat a decent salad without risking diarrhea. Highly recommended are their big steak in 500 gr or steaks with pepper. The pasta is quite passable. It is a good place to define any business or simply go for a beer and chat with friends. The girls at the bar are very friendly and the French owner is a guy who is always there to attend to every customers needs and request. This bar has ample parking and strongly recommended for the young and old.
The gourmet restaurant Le Voyageur offers a very good menu with a vast selection of French dishes, excellent wine list, and intimate atmosphere. This sophisticated fine dining restaurant is one of the few places for a classy or elegant output in Malabo. The restaurant is perfectly named because it transports everyone to another world. It is a very good option for a night out and it provides excellent service in a new world where everything speaks of refinement. Here is the place to meet for a wonderful time. The gracious host and owner brings your taste buds to places never imagined. Do not miss it when you’re on an excursion to Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea allows you to wander along its white sandy beaches, mountains, historical sights, preserved parks, cultural museums, sacred cathedrals, animal sanctuaries, preserved tropical rainforests, and its lively and vibrant club/disco scene. Strolling around brings you back to the early times when France and Spain once ruled this beloved land in Africa. Remnants of the past are still clearly evident and quite an eye opening experience as you get to learn more about its past and cultural influences. A visit here is something you will treasure as one of the best travel adventures you can try in Africa.