Surface area : 36125.0 km2
Population : 1503182 inhabitants
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.
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.
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.