The former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau is way off the tourist trail, and it can be a rewarding place to visit.
Most visitors will arrive in the capital, Bissau, packed with decaying colonial buildings. This is especially true of Bissau Velho, the old town, and other highlights include Fortalea d’Amura, a historic fort still used by the army.
Outside the capital, the Bijagos Archipelago is one of the main attractions. Formed of 88 islands, the archipelago is home to some great beaches and amazing wildlife. Look out for saltwater hippopotamuses on Orango Island, and sea turtle nesting sites all over the place.
The area is also known for mask dances, with wild bull dances used to celebrate the harvest. Learn more about the local culture at the museum in Bubaque, the largest village in the archipelago.
Nearer the mainland, Bolama Island is another intriguing place to visit. This former trading post used to be the capital of the country 1871–1941, but now lies abandoned. It’s an eerie ghost town you can explore on foot.
Another place worth a visit is Quinhamel, a city west of Bissau. It’s great for birdwatching thanks to its flooded mangrove forests.
Stay in the former headquarters of LIFE Magazine when you book your next trip to New York City. Luxe Life Hotel New York, the first Luxe Hotels-branded property in the city, sits in the NoMad neighborhood. The luxury and pet-friendly guestrooms and suites offer lots of history, charm and modern conveniences.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Snooker is a cue sport similar to pool first developed in the latter half of the 19th century by British Army soldiers. Players use a cue and white ball to pocket a set of red and green balls into separate corners in a specific order. Its popularity has grown immensely, leading to an annual World Snooker Championship each year.
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