"A city coming alive" Top 5 Page for this destination Luanda by jungleboy
Luanda Travel Guide: 138 reviews and 257 photos
I first visited Luanda in2003 and it was totally not what i expected. I guess it depends what you are coming to Angola for but I like Luanda a lot. It has many problems to solve and the war has left a scar on Angolas people, buildings and surroundings but I feel pretty lucky to see a city finding its feet after such a long period of conflict. My parents have lived in Luanda for three years now and I have just spent another Christmas in Angolas capital city. Everytime I come here there are so many changes and it is really exciting to see the place coming back to life. I hope that the Angolan Government continue on this path towards rebuilding Angola into the prosperous and peaceful nation that really is a wonderful place.
There were a lot of changes that I noticed on my latest visit which many people would take for granted or possibly not even care about... but the traffic lights are being repaired, the streets are being cleaned, hospitals and schools are being built, buildings are being renovated, lots of shops and cafes are opening and cranes are beginning to tower over the city centre and the economy kicks off and offices are being built.
All signs that Luanda is on the move and there is a real buzz in the city.
Angolas colonial past has left its mark in many ways. The portugese architecture is one of the most noticable and really makes Luanda a beautiful city. Of course it has it's problems but the city is full of amazing streets, avenues, statues and buildings.
- Pros:Relatively small, on the coast, beaches, history, old colonial architecture, nightlife
- Cons:poverty, dirty streets, traffic
- In a nutshell:A very different destination!
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