The beach bar in Taouyah, a neighborhood with a big market and mainly residential with some night clubs and restaurants, is one of the finest locations to get a drink and chill out in Conakry. Many foreigners reside here, including the Peace Corps headquarters, and gather on the beach after sunset for delicious pizza, fish, or chicken meals. There is a pleasant wind, live music, and a large number of people who, particularly on weekends, play soccer till sunset.
Guinea’s music is one of the country’s most popular cultural activities. Guinea has some of the finest Kora players in the world. Live music may be found at a variety of pubs.
The French-Guinean Cultural Centre features fantastic musical performances, as well as films, dramas, and ballets (traditional West-African dance), as well as exhibits and conferences. It also includes a multi-media center and a library. Members get access to books as well as computers and the internet. This is a wonderful location to meet local musicians and artists as well as expats. The majority of the folks there will know where to go to a play that week.
There are numerous interesting tourist sites outside of Conakry for the adventurous visitor. Outside of the capital, infrastructure like as hotels and roads is inadequate, although you may find modest lodging with minimal electricity provided by generators.
Excellent hiking, panoramic views, waterfalls, and cliffs may all be found in the Foutah Djallon region. Fouta Trekking is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fair tourism. They provide three to five-day hiking trips as well as custom tours. Tourists stay in communities, with a portion of the income supporting community development. Labe, the pre-colonial capital and seat of the Foutah Empire, is a busy city with a fascinating history. Beautiful traditional fabric is available in a variety of navy blue colors. Dalaba is a city on the route from Conakry to Kindia, where the nation’s main leaders gathered to decide the destiny of the soon-to-be independent country from the French in 1958. You may see an ancient house and a ceremonial hut with amazing sculptures inside. Kindia boasts some of the finest vegetable and fruit products in the country, which makes for a bustling market.
Beautiful unspoiled beaches, mangroves, and animal watching are all available along the coast from Conakry to Guinea-Bissau. Bel Air is a well-known seaside resort town approximately two hours’ drive from Conakry on a well-paved road. Past political leaders have convened in a big and generally empty hotel. It’s a popular vacation spot over the holidays. Sabolan Village, a tiny hotel on a lovely beach off the well-paved road that goes to the Bel Air hotel, is a much better location to stay if you want more eco-tourism. There are approximately 10 contemporary cottages and a restaurant on the property. It’s a little pricey for what you receive, but the location is breathtaking. If you have a tent or wish to stay somewhere more genuine and less expensive, you may stay in beautiful huts built by a local villager and now managed by his son along the beach or down the walk beyond the real village. Expats working in mining regions rent out the huts on weekends, although you may always pitch a tent. However, you must provide your own meals.
A journey to Tristao, an island archipelago near the Guinea-Bissau border, is recommended for the more daring. From Conakry, you may travel to Kamsar and then take a local boat to the Tristao islands. The boat rides once or twice a week and takes four hours. If there is a fishing boat returning to Tristao, you may get fortunate, although they are typically extremely heavily laden and may not be as safe as the passenger boat. The Tristao archipelago is home to manatees, turtles, and a variety of bird species. It’s a remote location with many animist customs still alive.
The primary bauxite mining export town is Kamsar, where significant bauxite cargoes depart from the Boke area. The mining executives and expats have access to several excellent hotels and restaurants. The major bauxite mining location is the Boke region. Boke, the region’s administrative capital, features a fascinating colonial museum, a few good hotels, and a Lebanese shop on the main road where everyone gathers to watch football (soccer) and drink cool Amstel lights (when the generator is on).