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Sights & Landmarks In Bissau

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  • Presidential Palace (Palácio Presidencial). During the civil war, it was bombed out. Rebuilt in 2013 with Chinese funds, it now serves as the president’s seat.
  • Bissau Velho – the historic Portuguese colonial center There isn’t much life there anymore, but it’s still a pleasant location to wander around. Don’t overlook the jail with pink flowers painted on the front (At the corner of the fort, close to the harbour).
  • Porto Pidjiguiti – Walk out to the little harbor and chat to the fisherman, observe the pelicans, and get a bird’s-eye view of the city. On 3 August 1959, the Pidjiguiti port was the location of the Pidjiguiti massacre, in which police shot down 50 striking dockworkers. This marked the start of the active opposition against the Portuguese colonial rule. To commemorate the tragedy, there is a monument styled like a massive black fist.
  • Mercado de Bandim – The major market in Bissaus.
  • Fortaleza d’Amura – An historic Portuguese fort that houses the mausoleum of national hero Amilcar Cabral as well as the graves of other revolutionaries. Amilcar Cabral’s car is also inside. It may be difficult to get in, but it is feasible if you make friends with the troops or obtain permission.
  • National Ethnographic Museum (Museu Etnográfico Nacional) (On the university campus, opposite “Lenox de Bairro”). It is only open in the mornings and offers a limited collection of Bissau-Guinean wooden masks and sculptures, baskets, textiles, and other items. The staff is quite friendly and excellent at explaining the function of the various things and relating them to traditional spiritual beliefs.

How To Travel To Bissau

BY PLAINTAP has three weekly direct flights from Lisbon to Bissau, all of which arrive at 01:10AM and depart the same day. Senegal Airlines also operates flights from Dakar.TACV operates four weekly flights from Dakar to Bissau, returning the following day. These flights are not known for their timeliness,...

How To Get Around In Bissau

Shared cabs are inexpensive and common. Stop cabs and tell them where you want to go (or indicate to passing taxis), and they will either accept "na bai" (I'm going) or refuse "no" (no) if individuals already in the vehicle are headed somewhere else in the city. Prices are...

Things To Do In Bissau

The French Cultural Center at the Bayana roundabout often hosts concerts, movies, dancing lessons, French courses, and other events, which are listed on their website.The Portuguese Cultural Center (adjacent to the Portuguese embassy, behind "Benfica") also offers performances, but in a less appealing setting.Swim at Palace Hotel (5000 FCFA),...

Food & Restaurants In Bissau

Every night from 20.00-7500 FCFA, Recidencial Coimbra serves an excellent buffet that includes appetizers, main meals, desserts, wine, and water.Palace Hotel. Quite perhaps the greatest restaurant in town. There is a swimming pool for non-guests to use for 5000 FCFA (eat lunch in the pool) and wireless internet.Hotel Malaika. There is...

Shopping In Bissau

Wood carvings - Try the Centro Artistico Juvenil, adjacent to "Chapa de Bissau," which has regulated pricing and no need to negotiate - or the market in front of Penso Central, which requires bargaining.Hand woven textiles - NGO [email protected] in Quinhamel - or at the Bandim Market - has a good...

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