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Flights to Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, is a country in West Africa. It is a former Portuguese colony, bordered by Senegal to the north, Guinea to the south and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to its west. The country was once part of the kingdom of Gabu and the Mali empire, with some parts of this kingdom lasting until the 18th century. Its capital and largest city is Bissau, which was added to the county’s name, which was originally Guinea, to avoid confusion with another country – Guinea (originally French Guinea). The country is a member of the African Union, Economic Community of West African States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, La Francophonie, the Latin Union, and the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone. The republic is divided into eight regions and one autonomous sector.
Guinea-Bissau’s people are known to be warm, friendly, and very helpful, which coincidentally reflects on the relaxed, soothing colours of the buildings and structures in the country. But the highlight of Guinea-Bissau is the majestic Arquipélago dos Bijagós. It is the only archipelago in Africa. The amazing delta islands lined with powdery white sand beaches, distinctly known for its azure waters – all in its unspoilt glory. The mainland, on the other hand, is home to West African wildlife, rainforests, and also another beach at Varela. Other fantastic and awe-inspiring destinations in the country is the Ilha de Orango, which forms part of the national park; the former presidential palace; the Fortaleza d’Amura, which used by Guinean military, which you can see only from the outside since it’s off-limits to visitors; and the Bissau Velho village. The beaches you can go to are in Canhabaque, Kere, and Praia Bruce.
How to get around within Guinea-Bissau
You can take the minibus (“toca-toca”) or taxi which both cover the city route. For intercity travels, there are sept-places (seven-seat Peugeot) and candongas, which are big, commercial vehicles that can seat up to 20 passengers. You can also rent taxis to other towns and cities. Bissau has a main bus station, paragem, which is located on the Airport Road. If you wish to travel to the islands, you can either go on a canoas (pirogues), a cheaper, but rather unsafe option, or you can go on a more expensive, modern boat. Since the country is geographically flat, there’s no traffic on the roads outside the capital, which is good for cycling.
How to get there
There are four airports that serve Guinea-Bissau: Bafatá Airport, Bubaque Airport, Cufar Airport, and Osvaldo Vieira International Airport. The latter is located in the capital, Bissau, and is the only international airport in the country. There are direct flights from Portugal with TAP, additional direct flights from Europe via Royal Air Maroc, and daily flights from Dakar, Senegal via TACV Carbo Verde Airlines. It’s possible to drive into the country from Dakar and Ziguinchor in Senegal and from Gambia, Serrekunda, as well as other main borderposts in Pirada and Buruntuma. It’s also possible to get in by boat from Dakar via a sea route to and from Bissau and the Bijagos Islands. Unfortunately, rail connections are non-existent.
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