Conakry, a port city on the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa is the capital and largest city of Guinea. It is the economic, financial and cultural centre of Guinea with a population estimated at almost 2 million people. The city was founded on the Tombo Island, one of the Los Islands, but rapid expansion has seen it expand across the Kaloum Peninsula.
FROM THE AIRPORT
The airport at Conakry, Aéroport de Gbessia (Airport code – CKY), is 15km from Kaloum at the tip of the Conakry peninsula. A taxi from the airport to Kaloum costs around GF120,000 (€14). For about GF500,000 (€58), you can rent a car and a driver, which we could recommend.
You can enjoy 5* comfort in a colonial-style setting right on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Palm Camayenne (Corniche Nord Drive, Camayenne, 656101010, palmcamayenne.com).
Another option on the beachfront is Hotel Novotel (Ghi Conakry, Downtown, Oceanfront Beach, novotel.com).
Riviera Royal Hotel (between Route N.1 and Route du Niger, 664223302, rivieraroyalhotel.com) is a modern 4* resort which offers a wide range of amenities.
You can also try Millenium Suites Hotel (Corniche Nord Drive, 666263600, milleniumsuites.com), an oceanfront hotel designed in a contemporary style.
Avenue Restaurant (Opposite the Moussoudougou Roundabout in the Commercial Centre Residence, 628682525, avenueconakry.com) offers fine dining in a friendly atmosphere. The range of cuisines are wide and cross-continental.
MLS Lounge Bar-Restaurant (655888811) has a beautifully designed interior and serves international dishes.
Asian cuisine with some great Chinese dishes can be found at Restaurant Indochine, (777 Rue Di, Miniere, 64197979).
At Le Cedre, (7th Ave, near the Botanical Garden, 30414473) there’s a variety of local dishes. The chicken yassa is highly recommended.
If it’s breakfast, light snacks or lunch you’re after, consider Patisserie le Damier (at the Niger market, 657800000, damier-conakry.com)
Marché de Madina (just off Route du Niger) is the largest market in Guinea. You’ll find anything from houseware to fruit and vegetables.
At Port de Boulbinet the fishermen’s market offers a diverse variety of fish.
The nearby town of Katikan is famous for its open air markets near the Great Mosque.
INTO THE WILD
The Kakimbon Caves (Ratoma, 12km northeast of the city centre) is regarded as sacred by locals but visitors are welcome to wander around the scenic area.
A three-hour drive from Conakry towards the edge of the Fouta Djallon hills, is one of the country’s best-known waterfalls, Les Chutes de la Voile de la Mariée (Bridal Veil Falls). Beneath the falls is a large plunge pool with a picnic site set among giant bamboo trees.