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Bissau

Travel Guide Africa Guinea Bissau Bissau

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Introduction

Bissau is the capital and largest city of Guinea Bissau and has a total population of roughly 400,000. It is located in the west of the country and is the administrative and economic heart of the country, as well as being a major port city in the Geba River estuary which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It has been the capital since the country's independence in 1974. The city itself is not particularly interesting or developed and it lacks decent infrastructure and facilities for travellers. Yet, it has a charm of its own like many other West-African cities have.

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Sights and Activities

  • Amílcar Cabral's mausoleum
  • Guinea-Bissau National Arts Institute
  • Beaches

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Events and Festivals

  • Annual carnival

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Weather

Bissau has a hot and humid tropical climate with temperatures around and sometimes well over 30 °C during the day most of the year. Night time temperatures rarely dropping below 22 °C. The rainy season lasts from June to October with most rain falling from mid-July to September. The hottest months are February to April when temperatures can rise above 35 degrees. The best months are probably November to February with sunny and dry days and still not overly hot.

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Getting There

By Plane

Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (OXB) near Bissau receives a number of international flights, among which are those with the national airline Guine Bissau Airlines. International destinations to and from Bissau include Dakar (Air Senegal International), Lisbon (TAP Portugal) and Dakar, Lisbon, Praia, Sal with TACV Cabo Verde Airlines.

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