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Guinea-Bissau

Explore the small, little-known West African country of Guinea-Bissau, which is bordered by Senegal in the North, Guinea in the South and East and the Atlantic Ocean in the West.

This is the ideal spot for adventurers seeking off-the-beaten-path travel opportunities. Despite being one of the world’s poorest nations with limited tourist facilities, Guinea-Bissau has much to commend it: gorgeous beaches, ultra-fresh seafood, and a local population known for being especially friendly and laid-back.

A visit to Guinea-Bissau  guarantees an authentic African experience, including freedom from the usual tourist-traps.
This was one of the first areas in Africa to be explored by the Portuguese in the 15th century, who claimed it as Portuguese Guinea in 1446. Portugal later entered the slave trade, exporting large numbers of Africans to the Western Hemisphere via the Cape Verde Islands. Cacheu became one of the major slave centres, and a small fort still stands in the town. The slave trade declined in the 19th century, and Bissau, originally founded as a military and slave-trading centre, grew to become the major commercial centre.

In 1973, after a turbulent political history, unilateral independence was declared. Guinea-Bissau has been a multi-party Republic since 1991. The military conflict that took place in the country from 1998 to early 1999 caused severe damage to the infrastructure and widely disrupted economic activity.

 

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Arquipelago Dos Bijagos

Bissau-Palace-Hotel

Bissau-city

Bubaque sunset

Bolama