Equatorial Guinea Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Equatorial Guinea: Holidays, Climate

There are a number of public holidays that do not have a fixed date, but are based on the time of Easter. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Lent, which lasts 46 days, begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Pentecost is 50 days after Easter. The Corpus Christi festival is celebrated on the 2nd Thursday after Pentecost. All Saints’ Day is celebrated for Orthodox Christians on the 1st Sunday after Pentecost, but for Catholic Christians the date is fixed on November 1st. On October 31, Protestants celebrate Reformation Day. The Halloween festival also takes place on this day.

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
8th of March International Women’s Day
March April Easter
1st of May Labor Day
May Corpus Christi
25. May Africa day
June 5 Presidents day
3rd August Liberation Day
15th of August Constitution Day
October 12 Independence day
10th of December Human Rights Day
25 December Christmas

Source: Countryaah – Equatorial Guinea Holidays

Equatorial Guinea: climate

The climate in Equatorial Guinea is warm all year round with high humidity. The year round temperatures are 22-23 °C. Apart from the months of July to August, there is at least 100 mm of precipitation per month. In October it was almost 500 mm. Therefore the humidity is almost 85% during this time.

Equatorial Guinea: Sightseeings

  • Abbreviationfinder.org: Presents the way that GQ stands for the nation of Equatorial Guinea as a two-letter acronym.

Cities

Bata

Bata is the largest city on the Equatorial Guinean mainland with around 70,000 residents. In addition to numerous Spanish colonial buildings and lively, typical markets, the coastal metropolis also has an interesting seaport, which actually has a very large international reputation.

Malabo

Malabo is the capital of Equatorial Guinea and is located on the island of Bioko. About 150,000 people live in Malabo. The city founded as Port Clarence, which since 2008 has also been served by direct flights from Germany, is definitely one of the most interesting places in the country. In addition to the Spanish colonial buildings and the presidential palace, the seaport invites you to look and be amazed.

Special structures

Malabo Cathedral

The neo-Gothic cathedral of the capital Malabo is one of the most beautiful colonial buildings in the city. It was designed by Luís Segarra Llairadó and completed in 1916.

Malabo Presidential Palace The Presidential Palace is also located

in the capital Malabo. The Spanish colonial and colossal building can be found at the Plaza de España.

Universities

Colegio Nacional Enrique Nvó Okenve

The Colegio Nacional Enrique Nvó Okenve is the best known and largest higher education institution in the country. It maintains two campuses, one in the capital Malabo and one in Bata. The university dates back to 1959 when it was founded under the Spanish name Colegio Laboral La Salle. After independence in 1968, it was named after Enrique Nvo Okenve, a patriot who was murdered in 1959 by the former governor-general Faustino Ruiz Gonzalez.

More Attractions

Malabo

seaport The Malabo seaport is one of the most interesting sights in the capital of Equatorial Guinea. It spreads off the coast of the city and is so worth seeing because of the many oil platforms and the mostly numerous ships. You can also buy freshly caught fish and watch giant bats there.

Natural beauties

Mountain ranges on Bioko

Bioko is a small paradise for bathers and nature lovers. It attracts with numerous beaches and wonderful hiking opportunities. The main island of the country is scenic but certainly the most impressive with its fantastic mountain ranges.

Mangrove coast of Mbini

The mangrove coast of the Mbini region is one of the most beautiful landscapes that Equatorial Guinea has to offer.

Monte Alen National Park

The Monte Alen National Park is about 1,200 square kilometers on the mainland and consists mainly of tropical rainforest. Guided tours of the park are available. They are highly recommended, so that you can get to know an incredible flora and – of course, always with a bit of luck – such animal friends as chimpanzees, elephants, gorillas and antelopes.

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