Welcome to Bafatá
Despite being the country's second-largest city, Bafatá can feel either eerily abandoned or surprisingly tranquil, depending on your mood. Indeed, tumbleweeds blowing across the cracked tarmac and past the withered Portuguese colonial-era buildings wouldn't feel out of place. Here the wide Gêba River meets the Caré River, giving rise to the city's name ('the place where the rivers meet' in the Mandinga language). Independence hero Amílcar Cabral was born here in 1924 and Unesco has transformed his childhood home into a museum (ask for the 'casa rosa Amílcar Cabral'). You can also visit a small centre dedicated to reviving traditional Soninké cloth dyeing.