Conakry is the capital and largest city in Guinea and has an estimated population of about 2 million people, almost a quarter of the total population of the country. The city is located in the west of the country, along the southern part of the Atlantic coast of the country and also functions as the major port to Guinea. The city has been founded over 120 years ago and has been growing rapidly, mainly during the last decades. Nowadays, it is the cultural, economical and industrial hart as well as the administrative centre. For tourists, it hasn't got that many to offer, apart from the usual hustle and bustle of lively and colourful African cities.
Festival International Kora et Cordes de Conakry is an annual musical event and the largest in Conakry. Performers and personalities play all genres on makeshift street platforms and in large venues. This long-standing tradition commemorates the contributions of Guinean artists to the performance arts and is celebrated on the first week of December.
Conakry has a typical tropical climate with hot and humid conditions throughout the year and a distinctive rainy season which lasts from the end of May until early October, with a peak in July and August when heavy downpours occur and floodings are possible. The hottest month is April although the difference is just marginal with the cooler July and August months and even during the night the temperatures just drop 4 °C or 5 °C and rarely gets below 23 °C or 24 °C.
Conakry International Airport (CKY) receives all departing and arriving international flights. Destinations include those to and from Bamako (Slok Air, Air Ivoire, Benin Golf Air), Dakar (Benin Golf Air, Slok Air, Afrinat International Airlines), Freetown, Paris (Air France), Brussels, Abidjan and Lagos, among a few others.
See also International Telephone Calls
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