The largest town in the Fouta Djalon (and Guinea's third-largest town) is not particularly attractive, but the climate is a relief after the steamy lowlands and the town has a busy market vibe. Labé has a good array of tourist facilities and is the home of the best trekking and tour company in Guinea, but the town itself doesn't make a great base for hikers.
N'zérékoré is the major city of southern Guinea and it has all the facilities you might have missed elsewhere in the country. Besides the general buzz and a few markets to keep you happily occupied for a day, it serves as a useful base for nearby forest explorations and chimpanzee encounters.
Stretched along the banks of Niger River, Faranah is an attractive little place that was the home town of former president Sékou Touré. During his reign Touré poured money into Faranah, turning it from humble backwater into a potential future capital. He built extravagant palaces, wide streets and an airport with a runway long enough to accommodate a Concorde.
Mamou, the gateway to the Fouta Djalon, is a dusty junction town and transport hub perched on a hill just above the scorching plains. For travellers there's little in the way of attractions but there is every chance you might end up here for a night as you travel between Conakry and the Fouta Djalon or southern parts of Guinea.
The little village of Mali-Yemberem sits on the edge of the spectacular Massif du Tamgué, just before its precipitous drop towards Senegal and the plains far below. Not only is the scenery superb, but at over 1400m, this is the highest, and coolest – sometimes even cold – town in the Fouta.
Doucki is one of the most enjoyable and scenically breathtaking parts of the Fouta Djalon. The area surrounding the village is known as the 'Grand Canyon' of Guinea and offers some of the best hiking in the country. Deliciously green and lush, you'll pass cliffs, vine bridges, escarpments, view points and narrow rock gorges aplenty.
Île Room is by far the most pleasant island to visit in Îles de Los, and it's so small that you can walk clean across its breadth in about a minute. Despite its size, there are a number of pretty white sand beaches, a jungle-clad interior, a small village and a number of second homes for the Conakry elite and expats.