Guinea-Bissau is small country in West Africa, located in the Gulf of Guinea on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The first Europeans to come here in the 15th century were the Portuguese, just as in many other coastal African countries. The country gained independence from Portugal only in 1974. After that, the country has often been involved into various armed conflicts. At present, the overall situation is relatively quiet, and Guinea-Bissau has been able to get out of a succession of armed conflicts. However, before going into the country, one still needs to clarify the political situation to avoid the possible places of armed conflict. Guinea-Bissau can hardly be called an interesting country for tourists, however, the authorities do not even seek to develop tourism infrastructure. However, some travelers may find many interesting things here.

Since Guinea-Bissau is a small enough country, it cannot boast having a great variety of the natural world as well as the variety of interesting historical sights. First of all, the fans of sport fishing will find many opportunities here. The second natural landmark is the quite picturesque plateau Djallon Highlands. The third thing that is worth a visit, are the islands Bijagos and Bolam. Thousands of migratory birds come here in winter, and watching the colonies of birds may be the most memorable moment of the trip to these islands.

Bissau city is distinguished by its modest size. So if you are going to rest here, do not expect to see a great variety of natural and historical attractions. Most tourists come here to enjoy the picturesque views of the lofty plateau called the Fouta Djallon. From this city, one can also go hiking through the jungle or take a good marine and river sport fishing. The local residents will be able to tell you about the unique animal life, which prevails in these islands.

Walking through the center of Bissau, you will see the remains of the colonial era. There are a lot of one-storeyed buildings made of clay and stone. Many of them have deep cozy terraces and gardens with swimming pools that surround them. In the center of the city, you will find the residence of the President of the Republic, and many government offices, shops, banks and offices. Once on the outskirts of Bissau, you will see a lot of typical houses built for workers. These houses are created from traditional materials for the African terrain, including mud and straw. They are so unusual that are considered a local landmark.

If we talk about the historical sights of Bissau, the most important among them is the castle, which has been preserved from the time when the country was a colony. Tourists will certainly find it interesting that the fortress was erected as a stronghold for the slave trade. Then Bissau began to rise just around the fortress. The city is the center of attractions such as the port and the promenade that is remarkable for its beauty.

Among the attractions of the capital of Guinea, one can also name the Catholic and Protestant churches, which were erected in the 17th century in the style of Portuguses architecture.

After the Civil War, one can no longer see some of the greatest buildings of the old city, inlcuding the former Presidential Palce, but still the city is interesting to wander and look around.

Resting in Bissau, you can also visit the History and Art Museum and the National Institute of Arts, as well as the technical college. Walking through the city among the many buildings of the colonial period, you will remember its special atmosphere.

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