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Malabo is the beautiful capital of Equatorial Guinea located on a natural crater shaped harbor at the base of Pico Basilé and as such offers some of the country's most breathtaking views. With the entire city located on Bioko Island, certain segments of its coasts are of alluring geography, composed of crescent shaped bays like the famed Tip of African Unity.
It is very rare that one gets to indulge in the beauty of volcanic landscapes, the exquisiteness of Spanish colonial architecture, and the tropical greenery that Africa has to offer, that you get to explore in this one destination. Pico Basile counts as the highest mountain across the region, being an inactive volcano, while Pico Malabo remains the active volcano of the region. Safari trails leading to the primate habitat of the area residing in the jungles and forests of mainland are the main getaway for natural exploration. The Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program consists of an official park, with terrains including a crater lake of the Pico Biao volcano, as well as certain tributaries of the Ilyadi River, known as Cascades of the Moca. Malabo, being the national capital of the country, has multiple state institutions and landmarks located across its central area; the presidential palace along with its gardens, and the Malabo Court. Buildings preserving the architecture of the Spanish colonial era are still prominent, like the Casa Verde, the Santa Isabel Cathedral and the Equatorial Guinea National University.
The main market place has its commercial activity centred at the Plaza Del Reloj. Other institutions for national heritage and art are the Museum of Modern and contemporary art, and the Museum of Biyabiyan, representing the tribal heritage in the area.
Ethiopian Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Lufthansa and Air France are some of the leading airlines in competition with each other to offer some of the lowest airfares for flights to Malabo from United Kingdom's major airports.
At present, there are no direct flights to Malabo from London.
Malabo International Airport is located approximately 9 kilometres east of the city centre.
It takes approximately 10 hours 15 minutes for flights heading to Malabo from London including stopovers.
Hailing a taxi is one of the common and more convenient modes of travelling to the city from the airport. Taxi stands are easily locatable and are also not very expensive.
Private car services are not available at present at the Malabo International Airport. However, some hotels do offer private pick and drop services to ferry their guests to and from the airport. Ferry rides are also a more convenient option of getting to the town from the airport.
A predominant practice of getting around Malabo is walking. The town is small enough to be explored on foot and considering that not all the streets of Malabo are properly paved for convenient vehicle travel. Otherwise Taxis can also be hailed for getting around town. Taxi fares will vary according to the time of day, with evening travel usually charging more fare. On certain routes, shared bush taxis operate for groups of commuters to nearby towns and outskirts. Ferry riders can also be taken to get to the nearby islands.
Malabo offers accommodation options that can range from moderately priced to pricy depending on your budget. Options include luxury hotels that include some leading international chain of hotels, to guest houses and boutique hotels offering executive suites and junior suites. The top-rated luxury hotels are equipped with all the modern amenities including access to Wi-Fi, pools, mini-bars and restaurants specializing in local and international cuisines. Some of the luxury hotels also offer kayak and Jet Ski rentals for the convenience of its valued guests. Budget options are based on plazas and hotels among the park avenues in the downtown area.