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    Mussulo

    by APaulo Updated Nov 17, 2012

    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.

    Directions: Direction south, always with the sea at your right side.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.

    One of the small hotels facilities Barsul facilities Near Barsul Ancoradouro
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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.

    Address: Lokal

    Directions: Go straight ahead and almost at the end of the Ilha ( after taking the right side street when facing the ocean) and turn back. You will see the restaurant Lokal. The food is international.

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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.

    Address: Lokal

    Directions: Go straight ahead and almost at the end of the Ilha ( after taking the right side street when facing the ocean) and turn back. You will see the restaurant Lokal. The food is international.

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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.

    Address: Benfica

    Directions: Go past the Benfica market and the golf course. The small white building stands out along the coast.

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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.

    Address: Just south of the Marginal

    Directions: Drive down the Marginal, there is a white structure on top of the hill. You can't miss it!

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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.

    Address: South of Luanda

    Directions: Catch the boat from Benfica

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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.

    Address: The Marginal, Luanda

    Directions: Along the bay, right in the city

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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.

    Address: The Fortaleza São Miguel

    Directions: From the praça (square) at the base of the fort along the Marginal, climb the cobblestone road, being careful for the large potholes and dodging the missing pavement, keep climbing to the top. Veer right, and drive up to the gates of the fort.

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    • Architecture

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    Post Office Building

    by scarm Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    Another of the beautiful restored facades in the lower city, the portion to the right of this building houses the post office, while the portion to the far left is a cell phone shop that sells the latest in camera phones and other gagets. It is rare to see this building without hoardes of vehicles and pedestrians, and that is why I was out early on a Sunday morning with my camera - while driving my car, by the way. Usually, this street is packed with stop and go Luanda traffic, with vehicles inching and lurching to gain a space advantage over the other vehicles, while women carrying fruit in baskets on their heads compete to hawk their wares.

    Address: Lower City - Luanda

    Directions: Drive around the lower city on Sunday morning. Very tranquil and peaceful compared to all other times.

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    CityScape

    by scarm Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    Between the red tiled roofs, the swaying palms, and the seascapes, sightseeing is one of the most worthwhile activities in Luanda. There is just not that much to do here. This is the view from the back of the Hotel Tivoli, which is the poorer neighbor to the upscale Tropico Hotel on the Rua da Missão. In this photo, you can see the Fortaleza, the Central Bank, the Ilha and the Bay. This is the same view, by the way as the view with the fireworks in this series of "Things to Do"

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    US Embassy - Not the US Consulate

    by scarm Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    A well-fortified fortress, the US Embassy was constructed at a very prominent location on the top of a hill overlooking the lower city. The Embassy took about 8 years to build, but I hear that it is finally just about finished. With the latest of electronic gagetry and hi-tech communications equipment, the Embassy is apparenty one of the most technologically advanced US Embassy complexes in the world. It cuts a very imposing profile on the skyline of Luanda, as it is one of the mosts recognizable buildings in the city, and at the top of the Serpentine Road, it's location is very high profile. Very few visitors to Luanda will have reason to visit, as all normal consular activities, such as visas, registration, etc. are handled at the US Consulate in an entirely different building known as the "Casa Inglesa".

    Address: Top of the hill, overlooking the city.

    Directions: At the top of the serpentine road. Drive by slowly, do not stop, keep moving, so as to not attract suspicion by the armed guards.

    US Embassy in Luanda

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    Port of Luanda, Sonangol Tanks, and Mosseque

    by scarm Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    There is just not that much to do in Luanda, but I found it interesting to see the contrasts, as in this photo of the port of Luanda from the outskirts of the upscale neighborhood of Miramar. Miramar is the neighborhood of the foreign consulates, the wealthy politicians, and the homes provided to expatriates by the multi-national foreign oil companies. Just below the upscale bairro (in this photo), you can see the Mosseque (or slum) in the foreground, and the busy Port of Luanda, an extremely busy container receiving port, along with a Sonangol products tank farm and the bay and Ilha do Cabo in the background.

    Directions: Find a high point and look down. This photo was taken from Miramar, along the road that passes in front of the US Embassy.

    View from above the port.

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    Central Bank

    by scarm Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    The most attractive and most identifyable landmark in downtown Luanda is t he Central Bank Building. Built in a colonial style, with clay roof tiles and an impressive facade, the lobby is well worth visiting, as the walls are of some of the most beautiful azulejos around. These hand-painted blue and white tiles form beautiful historical scenes, and are certainly a must-see in downtown Luanda.

    Address: On the Marginal (Avenue along the bayfront)

    Directions: Hard to miss. Just look for the large tiled dome on the Marginal.

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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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