Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea

With its lazy town charm, white-washed beaches, lush jungles and crumbling facades of Spanish architecture, Equatorial Guinea is an explorer’s treasure chest.

City life is found in the country’s capital, Malabo, at the northern tip of Bioko Island. Peruse the salt-sprayed colonial buildings, plazas and bustling marketplaces. The neo-Gothic Cathedral of Santa Isabel is the largest Christian church in the country and is worth visiting. From there, stroll through the local eateries and cafés cascading down towards the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. The island’s nature reserves are home to many species of monkeys, birds and frogs.

The powdery-white beaches of Arena Blanca and Luba are wonderful to lounge on or take walks along. Pico Basilé is the country’s tallest mountain, peaking at over 3,000 metres. The highest of three volcanoes, on a clear day you can see its volcanic neighbour, Mt. Cameroon from across the sea.

South of the Bioko Island lies Moca Valley, where adventurous travellers can get in touch with the country’s wild side. Hike up to cascading waterfalls and pristine lakes as you take in the wonderful scenery. The village of Ureca is home to white-sand beaches, turtle nesting and the Rio Eola waterfalls.

The largest city is Bata, stretching along the Rio Muni coast with its laidback atmosphere, lively markets, picturesque waterfront and vibrant nightlife. Delve into delicious seafood, peanut butter chicken and the local sugar cane brew, malamba.

Monte Alén National Park is an oasis of natural splendour, with day trekking and customised safaris on offer, where chimpanzees and elephants romp around the dense forests.

Historians should sail out to Corisco Island where you can explore the ruins of early human settlement and the decaying 18th-century Spanish missions.

The secluded island of Annobón is worth the trip where you’ll find cosy beach bars, exotic birdlife and humpback whales!

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