Formerly a Portuguese colony, Guinea-Bissau today is an independent land with its own multi-party democracy. For those who have never visited Africa, Guinea-Bissau makes a great introduction to the country. With a friendly populace, this wonderful country has just recently begun to appear on the radar of tourists, and there are some great cheap hotel deals in Guinea-Bissau.
The capital city of Bissau is also the largest and most cosmopolitan of all of the cities in the country. While in Bissau, visit sites such as Fortaleza d'Amura, which is an old Portuguese fort that contains tombs of revolutionaries as well as the mausoleum of Amilcar Cabral, a national hero.
Many of the hotels in Guinea-Bissau offer a great experience. Be sure to book reservations in advance on Expedia to ensure that you get the best rates and special discount prices on your rooms.
When shopping, many people love visiting the Centro Artistico Juvenil for traditional wood carvings. This is a great place to shop if you hate haggling as the carvings have fixed prices.
Many top Guinea-Bissau hotels have excellent restaurants. Some restaurants serve fast-food style meals, but offer the unusual experiences of eating at rooftop restaurants.
Warga is a traditional drink that is very popular among the locals. This drink is a sweet green tea. In some cases, the tea is flavored with a minty plant known as nana, and it is always sweetened with copious amounts of sugar.
Most native Guinean dishes are made with rice and fish. More costly meals contain various meats such as beef, chicken, or goat. Palm oil and peanut sauce are common ingredients as are various vegetables.
Guinea-Bissau's dry season runs from December through April. During this time, it is suggested that visitors wear lightweight cotton clothes. You can also find many Guinea-Bissau hotel deals during this time.
The months of June to October are the wet season. The humidity and rain of the wet season is at its peak from July to September, so be sure to bring a raincoat. This is also a great time to score a cheap Guinea-Bissau hotel deal or grab one of the available Guinea-Bissau hotel packages.