Friday, June 11, 2010

Where can I travel in Equatorial Guinea?

By Amar Shah
World Travel Guide

Do you at times wish that the world would just open up and swallow you whole because you don't seem to get anytime to rest from the work load at hand? Then shove everything away and escape to the quiet Spanish-speaking country of Equatorial Guinea. Equatorial Guinea is located in Central Africa, her capital city being Malabo, the official languages spoken here are Spanish, French and Portuguese. The population is estimated to be half a million. This is a country of luscious vegetation and beautiful scenery including tropical forests and snow-capped volcanoes. The capital, Malabo, is a rather rundown but attractive town, with pleasant Spanish colonial architecture, a striking volcanic setting and a lively market. The white-sand beaches around the islands are stunning. No wonder the country was at first named 'Formosa', by the Portuguese which meaning 'beautiful'. There are some superb night clubs situated in Equatorial Guinea that offer the best live entertainment ever. They include the Chez Son Père, the Cinéma Cartier, the Galerie Rouje, the Kiosque Edwin-Bélanger, and the L'Alterno, the L'Amour Sorcier, the Largo Resto-Club, and the Maurice night club. Especially if you are a fan of theaters, drop by at the Théâtre Periscope where you can see superb, creative and cutting edge contemporary theatre productions predominantly in French. It's obvious that after you land at the major airport in Equatorial Guinea, you need to find a hotel which is not only ready to offer you the best service and the most luxurious extras available, but also one where you can simply unpack and unwind without having to even go outside if you don't want to. Some of these fine hotels include the Hotel Yoli, the Hotel Bahia Malabo, the Hotel Impala, the Hotel Bantu, the Hotel Ureca, the Hotel Candy, and the Sofitel Malabo hotel. To make your stay even more enjoyable, these hotels will also offer some of the exquisite African cuisines that are very simple and really tasty. So, sit down and enjoy two of the most popular dishes in the country; chicken dish prepared in peanut butter or cream sauce and served with rice or boiled plantain, and meat or fish grilled with crushed pumpkin seeds and wrapped in huge leaves. You won't resist these! Many restaurants in the major capital city offer both local dishes and Western cuisines. Some of the local cuisines include djomba (a Combe dish), mendjaa (a Fang dish), banga soup and the bitalif soup. To go along with these dishes are some of the most popular fruits like pineapples, African apples, avocados, papayas, green-skinned oranges and many more. Don't be worried as to how you will get around this lovely country as the roads are of good infrastructure to ease the traffic congestion. There are also car hire facilities for those who prefer to move around in sheer comfort and privacy. There are various things that you can do while you enjoy your stay in Equatorial Guinea. You can bask on Arena Blanca, the only white beach on Bioko Island during the dry season, and witness thousands of butterflies in migration. Or you can take a trip to Bata, the principle town in the region of Rio Muni on the mainland. It is a lively town with a few restaurants, bars, hotels and markets. Try and make a point of traveling to Equatorial Guinea for the 2012 African Cup of Nations. Have less trouble and stress but more fun and relaxation in the beautiful land of Equatorial Guinea. You will fall in love with it!