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Monday, November 25, 2019

Luanda: A Truly Picturesque City

Angola’s capital city Luanda is often referred to as the most expensive city in the world for the ex-pats. Luanda is a city located in the South-West of Africa on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, near the mouth of the Cuangi River. The city is built around the bay and is in the shape of a semi-circle. People in Luanda speak mostly Portuguese.

Luanda was once a place of conflict but has reinvented itself as a peaceful, stable modern city. The city has been restored which was once historically a center for trade, culture, and commerce. Today, you’ll find a luxury beach party scene, fine dining and shopping in a lush, and welcoming.

You will find beautiful architecture to a museum to relaxing beaches Luanda offers numerous diverse attractions and entertainment options. Luanda doesn’t have much relating to museums, cinemas, and a theatre, so eating out is a big pastime. Mostly restaurants in Luanda are filled with ex-pats. Places like Kintal Da Tia Guida attract mainly Angolans and entire families on weekends, creating a boisterous festive atmosphere.

Let’s Take a Look at the Best Things to Do and See In Luanda: 

The Palacio de Ferro (Iron Palace) is a magnificent palace built by world-renowned architect Gustave Eiffel the builder who built the world-famous Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York. The Iron Palace is a stunning piece of architecture.

Ilha de Luanda (island of Luanda) it’s not an island but a small peninsula, it’s has some good beaches, restaurants, and bars. If you want to enjoy nightlife and party then this place is a must to visit.

Tourist Attraction in the Outskirts of Luanda: 

Miradourous da Lua is a beautiful landscape created by wind and water. This landscape resembles a moon surface. In other words, it is also known as Moon Valley point. Miradouro da Lua was formed by a cliff with sharp pinnacles that have been eroded from the wind and the sea. This gives it a moon-like surface.

Kissama National Park is two hrs distance from the city of Luanda. This National Park is also called as Quissama National Park. The plants in Kissama are very beautiful with huge Baobab trees. Some mammals in the park include the forest buffalo, eland, antelope, waterbuck and bush bucks among others.

Accommodation: one can stay at the thatched chalets on the banks of Cuanza River with self- contained accommodation facilities at Pousada Caua. This lodge also offers activities like fishing, beach walks, river cruises, bird watching adventures, and others.

Kalandula falls is one of the largest waterfalls by volume in Africa. It is a must-visit attraction whilst you are in the capital. Kalandula Falls is a broad horseshoe-shaped waterfall. It is termed as the awesome power of nature. The best views of the falls come from its base.

Outdoor Activities in Luanda: 

In Luanda, there are interesting and beautiful savannahs that will impress wildlife lovers. Jeep safaris are available for travelers where they come across leopards, elephants, lions, giraffes, antelopes, and various kinds of monkeys. Tourists can go walking all over and admire at the majestic trees that have adapted to the hot climate.


Among all the beaches of Luanda Mussulo, Ile, Belas, and corymbia are popular beaches. There is a small palm island, which amazes visitors by its beauty.

The beach Mussulo is a good place to get away from the city. The water is warm, and it is relaxing. Tourists can enjoy the quad bikes and boating. So there is plenty to do there. It’s great to go with a group of friends or with the family. Shacks and restaurants are lined along the beach as well as a few hotels and resorts. This place is perfect for a day trip or a romantic overnight getaway.

Go Surfing: Cabo Ledo is the world-famous surfing beach in Luanda. It is a great place for surfers who have just begins to surf. The beach is also available with some quaint bungalows. It is also a great place to camp under the starlit nights.

Entertainment in Luanda: 

Best places to meet girls in Luanda and dating guide: this is the most expensive city in Africa and most expensive in the world, at least if you want to enjoy western living standards. The main area for single nightlife is on Ilha De Luanda and along Avenida Murtala Mohamed, Ilha do Cabo and Miramar. All three of these places try to hook up with Luanda girls.

Nightlife: dance the night away at the chic Switch Supper Club which is open on the weekends until 6a.m. Nightlife can be very expensive. Drink some local beers like Cuca or Tigra before you go out to a bar or club if you want to cut down on your cost.

Cuisine: from fine dining to fabulous street food, including mouth-watering fresh seafood dishes, there is a diverse restaurant scene for your taste buds to explore. Loolal Mar sells the best seafood in Luanda. Though the prices are high the tourist enjoys seafood along with an open-air seaside setting.

Shopping: Maianga is the city’s shopping district for locals. Bellas shopping is the country’s first modern mall. It is a great way to escape a hot day. It is a large mall that has eight cinemas, an entertainment area, a food court and over 100 stores. There are also banks and supermarkets within the mall.

Go crafts shopping at the Benfica market selling everything from perfume, ivory, animal skins, colorful pictures to tourist guidebooks and several types of antiques.

When to visit: October to March are the most culturally active months. They include Angola Restaurant week, the Axiluanda Food Festival, Luanda Cocktail Week, Luanda’s anniversary and it’s very own carnival glorious beach weather too.

Climate: Luanda being the seaside capital city of Angola has the perfect climate for a visit at any time of the year.

Luanda being an appealing destination, one must not miss the opportunity to visit this picturesque city.

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