Guinea has a rich history, which is well-represented by the historic sites located in various parts of the country. Visitors of these sites get an opportunity to learn about the French-speaking West African country, which is home to 24 ethnic groups.
The country’s mineral wealth makes it potentially one of Africa’s richest countries, but its people are among the poorest in West Africa. Despite the income inequality, Guinea has abundant natural resources, including 25 percent or more of the world’s known bauxite reserves in addition to diamonds, gold, and other precious metals.
Here are the top 7 historic sites to visit in Guinea.
The National Museum of Guinea.
Located in the Sandervalia quarter of Guinea’s capital, Conakry, the National Museum of Guinea is one of the most visited historic sites in the country. It features a variety of collections that represent the ethnography and prehistory of Guinea. At the museum, you will find the country’s largest collection of art, which includes items such as masks, statues, and traditional musical instruments. Although it is not big in size, the museum includes items that will help you appreciate the country’s cultural journey up to today.
The Cultural Center is located in Conakry and is the main venue for various cultural exhibitions held by local artists. It is the perfect place to learn about the different cultural traditions observed by the various ethnic communities found in Guinea. The center includes various sections including, a theater, boutique, and exhibition gallery. You can buy a few souvenirs from the local artists who display their pieces at the center. It is also the best place to enjoy some traditional tunes and dances from local artists.
Iles de Los (Island of the Idols)
Iles de Los is a group of islands located about 2 kilometers off the cliff on the southern side of Sangareya Bay. The name was derived from the Portuguese term, “Ilhas dos Idolos,” which means “Island of the Idols.” The islands are best known for their beaches and forested interiors. Every year, thousands of tourists visit these islands to enjoy their amazing scenery and serene atmosphere. The islands also played a significant role in the slave trade.
Source: FaceToFace Africa