Must see attractions in Guinea-Bissau

  • Sights in Ilha de Orango

    Parque Nacional das Ilhas de Orango

    Though it consists of several other islands (Ilha de Imbone, Ilha de Orangozinho, Ilha de Canogo and Ilha de Meneque), the heart of Parque Nacional das Ilhas de Orango is its namesake, Ilha de Orango. Travellers know the latter as the site of Anôr Lagoon, where you can spot rare and sacred saltwater hippos, which live in both the sea and freshwater. Besides wildlife and birds, there are breathtaking beaches.

  • Sights in Buba

    Parque Natural das Lagoas de Cufada

    Sandwiched between the Buba and Corubal Rivers, this 890-sq-km park is the largest wetlands reserve in Guinea-Bissau. Kayaking across placid waters on an early morning amid twittering birds (there are an estimated 250 species here) makes the effort to get here worthwhile. There's an observation post where you can sit, appreciate the view and tick-off sightings. There are also African buffalos, gazelles, hyenas, white hippos and crocodiles in the park.

  • Sights in Quinhámel

    Artissal

    An inspiring community project that introduces visitors to the traditions of the Papel people. Pano de pente, symbolic weavings made by Papel men on large makeshift looms, are used in a variety of ceremonies and rituals. A visit to local workshops can be arranged. It's located at the entrance to Quinhámel.

  • Sights in Ilha de Bubaque

    Bubaque Museum

    Houses a collection of masks, sculptures and other ritual objects collected by an Italian missionary

  • Sights in Bissau

    Fortaleza d'Amura

    Surrounded by imposing, if decomposing stone walls, this fort, originally built in 1753, is the headquarters of the Guinean military and off-limits to visitors. After dark, exercise caution when walking past the fort, which is off the southern end of Av Pansau Na Isna, and the area close to the port.

  • Sights in Bissau

    Presidential Palace

    The newly renovated presidential palace dominates Praça dos Heróis Nacionais at the northern end of Av Amílcar Cabral. Damaged during the civil war, its graceful, neoclassical facade now incorporates modern features. Security is suspicious of photographers aiming for a close-up.

  • Sights in Bissau

    Pidjiguiti Monument

    Three separate monuments to martyrs of the 1959 Pidjiguit Massacre when striking dockworkers were killed by the colonial police force. August 3rd, the day of the event, is a national holiday. There's also a bust of Amílcar Cabral in the square.

  • Sights in Bafatá

    Home Museum of Amílcar Cabral

    Not really worth a visit except for its historical value as the birthplace of Guinea-Bissau's independence leader Amílcar Cabral (1924–1973). Might need to rustle someone up to let you in.

  • Sights in Bissau

    Bissau Cathedral

    Designed by a Portuguese architect and built in 1945.