Malabo - fly to the capital city with Air France

Malabo and Bioko Island

Malabo lies on the island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea, direct flights from the UK to the country's capital city for business or leisure with Air France are available online. The following guide will give you ideas for places to visit and things to do during your stay. Malabo is a relatively new city that was founded in 1827 and originally named Port Clarence. The city was renamed again before becoming Malabo in 1973. Today, Malabo is a Spanish-speaking city, one of the smallest on the African continent and is experiencing great economic growth thanks to development of its oil and natural gas resources.

Malabo -the Old Quarter and the main avenue

If you are planning on sightseeing during your stay in Malabo, you will definitely want to visit the city's Old Quarter. The area is both picturesque and charming, a harmonious blend of modern buildings with a strong, Spanish colonial influence. Here, you will find the Presidential palace and the capital's main church, Cathedral Malabo. Head to the city's numerous markets for shopping and a pleasant moment in an authentic and lively atmosphere. For a more cosmopolitan experience, go to the main avenue of Malabo, "Avenue de la Independencia", where you will find a choice of restaurants and bars to taste local dishes and world cuisine.

However, the true treasures for visitors to see lie close by, on the island. A major feature of Bioko island is the presence of two volcanoes; take a mountain tour to the Pico Basile National Park where you can view one of the volcanoes closer up. To the south of the city, experience the region's sub-tropical fauna and flora, the "Reserve Scientifique de la Caldera de Luba", is a stunning and spectacular nature reserve. Most hotels in Malabo can inform guests about the various tours to the mountains and rainforests of Bioko Island and Equatorial Guinea.

Enjoy a day on the beautiful beach of Sipopo, only 10 km to the southwest of Malabo, this beautiful site, between the ocean and the rainforest, offers moments of relaxation, water sports and golf. The area of Sipopo has developed and you will find international hotels, a congress centre and clinic. Away from the busy city, this new quarter allows you to swim, jet ski, rent a kayak and take strolls in the lush forest close by; a must if you would like to spend a day unwinding and recharging your batteries.
Head further south to the wettest parts of Bioko island, best during the dry season, and marvel at the turtles who come to lay their eggs, an unforgettable experience. Then if you wish, relax on the beach or explore the jungle that lies behind to add further adventure to your Malabo experience!

The climate in Malabo is warm all year round with rainy seasons; the best time to visit the capital is during the winter months, from December to February, if you prefer a stay during dry weather.
For UK flights to Malabo, visit Air France bookings online .
For more general information about Malabo and Equatorial Guinea, consult the Official website of Equatorial Guinea
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For tourist information: visitor's guide to Malabo .