Look, we just can't do it. There is no way that we can omit a country's capital from our coverage. But if there ever was a place that could ever convince us from doing just that, it would be Libreville, capital and largest city of Gabon in West Africa.
Let's start with taking a glance at the picture with this article. Sunny weather, gentle ocean, a boat and people swimming. Not bad, right? But wait, what on earth is that stuff covering the beach? We are not entirely sure either. Maybe here at Travelindicator we are a bit too cynical for our own good. Of course we too possess the skill (cough, Lonely Planet, cough) to write raving reviews about every single place we touch down in, but we prefer honesty.
Libreville's main draws appear to be a sea boulevard with statues that some may find appealing or symbolic but we were not impressed by. Behind that lies a beach and ocean that is less than clean (don't even think of swimming here), while in town we feel the fact that the ugly building of the Ministry of Mines and Petrol is actually considered an attraction basically says it all.
Best of all? Libreville is sh!t expensive! To end these sour notes (sorry!) on a lighter note, the decent Pointe Denis Beach outside of town and the Presidential Palace inside of it are actually worth taking a look at. [Review by travelindicator]
- Libreville is a city in Gabon's region of Estuaire. It has a population of 797,003, is situated at an altitude of 23ft and the best airport to fly into is LBV (Libreville, Libreville)
- The main spoken language here is French, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in Gabon is the CFA Franc BEAC (XAF)
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More Libreville travel resources
You're still reading? That's quite persistent. OK, well you can read more at Lee Abbamonte who spent a weekend here (hey, cool story about the French guy and the hookers). Or at Libreville.com who offer a travel reservation line, hold us back, hold us back... Oh, and of course our good friends at Lonely Planet couldn't help to write about Libreville's "vibrant African heart". Come on, man.