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Guinea-Bissau

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Guinea-Bissau is a small territory of West Africa, sharing borders with Senegal and Guinea. Independent since 1974, this former Portuguese colony is multi-ethnic, authentic, and untouched by any sort of tourism. However, the beauty of the Bijagos archipelago, divided in about sixty islands, offers the country a great and attractive potential so tourists should not be put off travel to Guinea-Bissau. The rest of the country is divided between mangrove and savannah.

Our Editorial team's advice

For travellers who love out of the ordinary destinations and who enjoy fishing, tourist camps have been installed on the Bijagos archipelago. They are however closed during the rainy season, from June to mid-October.

pros

  • +The beauty of the landscape and the wildlife is well-protected.
  • +Poeple are hospitable and friendly.

cons

  • -It is quite difficult to move around the country, besides along river routes.
  • -Tourist infrastructures are practically non-existent.

Food

Recent conflicts have caused a food shortage. Otherwise, some hotels and restaurants in the country serve an excellent cuisine, sometimes expensive, depending on where you go. Rice is the staple food as the country produces it. Specialties are jollof rice and dishes served with fish and chicken. Side dishes are yam, corn and cassava root.

Souvenirs

Local handiwork, mostly represented by wood sculptures, is available at local markets. There are also a few modern shops in Bissau. Shop opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 7.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.