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Top Tourist Attractions in Guinea

The top tourist attractions in Guinea showcase its inherent natural beauty. Guinea is a West African republic and former French colony that is located to the east of Benin. Some of its attractions like the Conakry Grand Mosque show the nation’s reverence to Islam and its accompanying architecture. Others like Fouta Djallon offer adventurous activities for tourists.

Conakry Grand Mosque, rear view.

Conakry Grand Mosque is Africa’s fourth largest mosque with space for 2,500 women on the upper level and 10,000 men on the lower level. There’s extra room for 12,500 more worshippers at the grand esplanade. While it lacks maintenance, it remains to be one of the top tourist attractions in Guinea because of its religious and cultural importance to the locals.

Mount Nimba is another major attraction in the country. With a height of more than 5,700 feet it is the highest peak throughout Guinea. The best way to reach Mount Nimba is from the village of Gbakore located 11 miles from Lola. It can take 4 hours to reach the summit. You need to have a guide and necessary papers to climb the mountain.

Fouta Djallon, Petteh Djiga (“Rock of the Vultures”).
Fouta Djallon, Petteh Djiga (“Rock of the Vultures”).

Fouta Djallon combines rolling grasslands, high peaks, thick sandstone formations, canyons, and valleys. Its diverse landscape guarantees a myriad of activities for tourists. A simple hike up the mountain opens opportunities for sightseeing. In addition to aforementioned sceneries, you can see waterfalls and stunning cliffs by trekking Fouta.

Cape Verga is a beach lover’s paradise. It’s just a few hours away from the city of Conakry. Cape Varga has some of the best beaches in Guinea with Bel Air and Sobane as two of the most popular. Bel Air Beach has ample tourist facilities but lacks the isolation and ruggedness that some travelers look forward to. Sobane Beach has accommodations that are cheaper and not as invasive. The most isolated beaches in Cape Varga are in between Sobane and Bel Air Beach. The only way to reach Cape Varga would be to hire a vehicle from Conakry.

The country is named after the Guinea region. Guinea is a traditional name for the region of Africa that lies along the Gulf of Guinea. It stretches north through the forested tropical regions and ends at the Sahel. The English term Guinea comes directly from the Portuguese word Guiné, which emerged in the mid-15th century to refer to the lands inhabited by the Guineus, a generic term for the black African peoples below the Senegal River, as opposed to the 'tawny' Zenaga Berbers, above it, whom they called Azenegues or Moors.