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Flights from Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa and was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, and a part of the Mali Empire. It is bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east. The country covers a land area of 36,125 km² (nearly 14,000 sq mi), with an estimated population of 1,600,000. It is divided into eight administrative regions (regiões) and one autonomous sector (sector autónomo), and is subdivided into 37 sectors.
Its capital and largest city is Bissau. Its official language is Portuguese (being a former colony of Portuguese Guinea), and Upper Guinea Creole is a recognized national language. Following its independence in 1973, Bissau was added to the country’s name to prevent confusion with Guinea (formerly French Guinea). Its climate is warm all-year around, with little temperature fluctuation; it averages 26.3°C (79.3°F). The average rainfall for the capital is 2,024 mm, although this is almost entirely accounted for during the rainy season (between June and September/October). Guinea-Bissau experiences drought from December through April.
Where to go
Upon visiting the country’s capital, Bissau, make sure you include its top attractions to your itinerary. There’s the Bissau Velho, the old Portuguese colonial centre. Although not preserved and maintained as it should be, it’s a nice place to stroll around, especially the prison with pink flowers painted on its front. There’s also Porto Pidjiguiti, a small port that was the site of the Pidjiguiti massacre in 1959, which sparked the active resistance against the Portuguese colonial power. There is a monument shaped as a gigantic black fist commemorating the massacre. Today, you can chat with the fishermen at the port, watch pelicans, and see the city from a distance. Visit Fortaleza d'Amur, an old Portuguese fort, which contains the mausoleum of national hero Amilcar Cabral and tombs of other revolutionaries. There’s also Museu Etnográfico Nacional (National Ethnographic Museum), which is located on university campus, opposite "Lenox de Bairro." It houses a small collection of Bissau-Guinean wooden masks and statues, baskets, cloths etc. Visit French Cultural Center in the Bayana roundabout, which features concerts, movies, dance classes, and French classes, among other things.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is now a city that has experienced a renaissance in recent years, therefore embracing a vibrant contemporary culture that’s making its make in present Europe. See stunning examples of architecture like Castelo de São Jorge, Museu do Teatro Romano, Ponte 25 de Abril, Ponte Vasco da Gama, and Aqueduto das Aguas Livres; visit Rossio, Lisbon’s main square; the neighborhood of Belém, which boasts numerous monuments and landmarks such as Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, Monument to the Discoveries, Coach Museum, and Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque. Immerse yourself to Portuguese art, history, and culture by visiting one or more of Lisbon’s museums, such as Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Fundação Arpad Szenes / Vieira da Silva, Museu da Electricidade, Museu do Azulejo, Museu Colecção Berardo, Museu da Marinha, and more.
There are no long-haul flights offered from Guinea-Bissau. One would have to book a connecting flight from another airport, like Lisbon Portela Airport to get to other destinations (far more than the ones offered at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport) around the world.
How to get out
At present, there are four airports in the country. The one in the capital is Osvaldo Vieira International Airport, the lone international airport in Guinea-Bissau. It is served by ASKY Airlines (Dakar, Lomé), euroAtlantic Airways (Lisbon), Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca, Praia), Senegal Airlines (Dakar, Praia), TAP Portugal (Lisbon – currently suspended), and TACV (Dakar and Praia – both will commence in June 3, 2015). The three other airports are Bafatá Airport, Bubaque Airport, and Cufar Airport.
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