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    The Island

    by solopes Updated Jun 19, 2014

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    Lined in front of town, a narrow stripe of sand, ten kilometers long, closes the bay, and provides several beaches.

    The ocean side is a clean and usually safe open sea, the land side is a calm lake not recommended for health reasons. Some kids don't pay any attention to it, but I ignore the consequences...

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    Mussulo

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    Mussulo, Luanda

    A few kilometers far from Luanda, Mussulo Island was a paradise.

    Now that the economy is recovering, and Luanda starts attracting again, some visitors, I'm curious about what they will do in that Island or with what remains of it. But it surely is a great opportunity, and something to visit in my necessary future visit.

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    The Bay

    by solopes Updated Dec 11, 2013

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    Luanda - Angola

    Not suitable to swim, the bay of Luanda is wonderful, no matter the point from where you observe it, day or night.

    Miramar, a high quarter, is, maybe, the best point to do it. If you want to swim, the facing island is only a long and narrow strip with open waters.

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    Corimba

    by solopes Updated Jan 29, 2013

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    Luanda - Angola

    In the southern area of Luanda, Corimba invites to swim.

    With a boat, the island of Mussulo is the top destination but not beating the beauty of the coast (This, before civil war. But I'm curious to see it again).

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    Fortalez de Sao Miguel

    by Africancrab Written Dec 31, 2012

    The Portuguese fortress of Sao Miguel is one of Luanda's main attractions and Landmark. The fortress was built in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais the first governor of Angola. In 1627, the fort became the administrative office of the colonial government and the main outlet of Slave traffic to Brazil. It's convenient location on the overlook across the port was an easy access to the sea. Heavily fortified and walled in counter forts and rubble work edification, the fortress was also a military strong hold that kept invaders away, and symbolized power. It justified the presence of the Portuguese in Angola and protected the harbor and the Luanda village where slaves and captured merchandise were stored. The fortress is maintained by the government as a military and historic museum.

    The courtyard of the fortress has an amazing display of military armament used in the 17th century. The fortress was designated a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site in November, 1996. From the fortress a breathtaking view of the marginal is available and while down at the marginal, the view of the fort is unmistakable. A stroll in the courtyard is actually nice, besides seeing the statues of the previous governors and explorer Vasco Da Gama. Definitely a great attraction to visit while in Luanda.

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    Mussulo

    by APaulo Updated Nov 17, 2012
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    Mussulo is a paradise just a few minutes from the, some times, cahotic capital city.
    You have two main points where you may get a boat and cross the bay to Mussulo. At the Ancoradouro or at the Museu da Escravatura. The second one it's more far from the city, witch means that you will face more havy trafic to get there or to get from there.The second one it's more far from the city, witch means that you will face more havy trafic to get there or to get from there. In any of those points you get a boat ( normally they have a kind of dealers that will convince you to take this or that boat), for about 5 USD for person, each way. Just get your skipper phone number to confirm that he will pick you up at the same spot where he left you at the time that you want.
    There you have plenty of restaurants, some hotels also. Simple but with enough struture to provide you a nice day, weekend or vacations period.
    There's no shops there. So take what you need from the main land. Expect prices a little bit higher there if you decide not to take anything to eat or drink.
    There's no waves on the bay side of Mussulo, the water is quite calm and hot. On the other side, the sea side, you'll find some waves and a little less hot water.
    Pay attention where you put your feet. Some times you may get broken glass from beer bottles.

    Take sunblock cream or you will be in trouble on the day after.

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    Beach time at the city

    by APaulo Written Nov 17, 2012

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    Luanda have some beaches on the other side of the bay.
    It doesn't take long to go from the city centre until one of the beaches.
    Water is clean and there is a lot of restaurants along the beach.
    In some cases you will have to cross th restaurant to reach the sand.
    Normally expats like to go to Lokal beach, not the name of the beach, but the name of the restaurant that is near by.

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    Beach time

    by APaulo Written Nov 17, 2012

    Luanda have some beaches on the other side of the bay.
    It doesn't take long to go from the city centre until one of the beaches.
    Water is clean and there is a lot of restaurants along the beach.
    In some cases you will have to cross th restaurant to reach the sand.
    Normally expats like to go to Lokal beach, not the name of the beach, but the name of the restaurant that is near by.

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    The Sagrada Familia Church - pics from the inside.

    by MarioPortugal Written Nov 22, 2009

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    The Church of Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family) was built in 1960 and is a Luanda landmark.

    This Tip: Pictures from the inside.

    Wikimapia: Angola > Luanda > Igreja Sagrada Familia.

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    The Sagrada Familia Church - pics from the outside

    by MarioPortugal Updated Nov 22, 2009

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    The Church of Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family) was built in 1960 and is a Luanda landmark.

    This Tip: Pictures from the outside.

    Wikimapia: Angola > Luanda > Igreja Sagrada Familia.

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    See th Slave Museum

    by Ramonq Written Sep 26, 2007

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    This small old white church building by the southern shores of Luanda has been transformed into an eerie museum called the Museo da Esclavatura or the Slave Museum. Luanda was one of the major ports where African slaves were transported to the Americas by European colonisers. Thousands of Angolans ended up in Brazil.

    The museum itself does not have much to show. Photographs and lithographs on the slave trade hang on the wall and some incarceration implements are on display. The building itself is beautiful as it fornlornly stands on a barren rock overlooking the Atlantic ocean. It has a bald boabab tree to keep it company.

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    See the view from Fortaleza

    by Ramonq Written Aug 2, 2007

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    High above the city of Luanda is a white fort callled Fortaleza. This is a landmark building in Luanda and has been built by the Portuguese colonialists in the 17th century as a vantage point for invaders. Heavily fortified, the fort has been a symbol of colonial power in Angola. Now that Angola is independent, the fort is now a museum, albeit with very little displays to show. But it is a fantastic place to visit because it offers a great view of the Marginal and the Ilha on the north and the Presidential palace on its western vantage.

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    Go to Mossolo Island

    by Ramonq Written Jul 19, 2007

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    If the notorious Luanda traffic is wearing you down, take a trip to Mossolo island. It´s actually not an island but a thin sliver, 17 km peninsula which joins the mainland south of Luanda. You can go to Mossolo by catching a boat at Benfica. The more people in your group, the cheaper it is per person to cross the bay.

    Mossolo is worlds away from Luanda. Very relaxing, a picture postcard image complete with swaying palm trees and white sand. But like the rest of Luanda, it is expensive to dine and stay in Mossolo.

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    Walk along the Marginal

    by Ramonq Written Jul 19, 2007

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    During the cool months of July and August, a walk along the Marginal is very pleasant. Lined with palm trees, the promenade provides a nice view of Luanda bay and the Ilha across it. At one end of the Marginal is the Port of Luanda building known for its tall clocktower and at the other end, overlooking the Marginal, is the old Fortaleza (the Fort), gleaming white basking under the sun.

    Around the centre of the Marginal is the famous pink building called the Banco de Angola. It is very pretty especially in the evening when it is lit up by floodlights.

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    Courtyard at the Fortaleza São Miguel

    by scarm Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    The Fortaleza at the top of the hill is well worth a visit. I like this particular photo, which shows the shadows of the lattice work above the courtyard located in the interior of the fort. The fort was built in 1634, while the quarters which include this interior courtyard were constructed some time later. This is a low-keyed adventure, which includes strolling about the grounds, viewing military equipment on display, and enjoying scenic views of the city and the ocean.

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  • Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I really don't understand the prices in Luanda in contrast to what the place offers. I think that it does not worth to take the airplane from Europe. It cost half money to visit a Greek island that is million of years more developed and beautiful.

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