Day tour of Luanda: Culture, Landmarks, and History


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• Duration: full day
• 08:00 Meet at pickup location.
• Museu de Antropologia (Museum of Anthropology) 
• Fortaleza de São Miguel
• Marginal
• Porto de Luanda
• Cidade Alta
• Largo 1o de Maio
• Largo das Heroínas
• Mausoléu de Agostinho Neto
• Palácio de Ferro


Starting at 1º de Maio (1st of may), the place where the former President Agostinho Neto proclaimed the independence of Angola, back in 1975, we’ll head to Mutamba, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Luanda, where the presence of the Portuguese colonization is very present in the architecture of the buildings. This includes the Porto and the Fortaleza.

Take a walk on the 4th of February avenue, along which you will get to know the Bay of Luanda, the greenest area of the city, that was recently restructured, with many nice recreational areas and a snack bar with a stupendous view of the bay.

Lunch will take place at Chicala, an area which very popular for its fishermen population and the cheap but amazingly delicious and unique traditional dishes, such as Mufete, a dish of with fresh fish, beans with palm oil and served with plantain, cassava, and sweet potato. Following that, we’re off to visit Luanda Island, extending into the sea a whole 7km.

Back around the city for some more sightseeing and monuments en route, and before we drop you back at your accommodation, you’ll get to see the poshest neighborhood of Luanda, Cidade Alta, where the president lives. Alternatively, we can drop you at the museum of anthropology to spend the afternoon there perusing history.


WHAT YOU'LL SEE (detailed description)

Museu de Antropologia (Museum of Anthropology) 

An important museum for Angola as it represents the culture identity of its people which was
denied and repressed by the Portuguese conquerors. There are several ethnicities in Angola
including: Kikoncv, Kimbumdu, Umbundu, Lunda Tchokwe, Mbunda, Helelo, Ny-aneka-Humbi,
Ociwambo, Khoisan, and others. An exposition of activities practiced by Angolans is one of the
main purposes of the museum. This includes activities such as agriculture, metallurgy, fishing,
hunting, ceramics, musical instruments, religious beliefs, presence of women in the society and
others. (Entrance Optional: $5-10) 


Fortaleza de São Miguel

The first fortress built in Luanda-Angola by the first governor of Paulo Dias de Novais in 1575.
After the independence was conquered in 1975, it became the Museum of Armed Forces. There

are old planes, artillery, and others in display nowadays. Although it was taken over by the Armed

forces, the presence of the Portuguese still remains as statues of Diogo Cão, Paulo Dias de Novais,
Vasco da Gama and Luis de Camões are there to prove it.



There have been plenty of stones into development of country, such as a brutal war that lasted until
2001 which brought much destruction to the population and the infrastructure of the country. It
has been some time since the war ended, and traces of development can be seen at the Marginal.
Tall buildings surround the beautiful Marginal, bringing the hope of a new future to Luanda -


Porto de Luanda

The late 1800s brought the need of a proper port in the capital city for the economic and industrial
growth of the country. Besides the typical activities of a port, it also includes many of the oil

Palácio de Ferro

The historical building is believed to having been designed and constructed in 1890 by the famous
architect Gustave Eiffel, the creator of the Eiffel Tower. Its self-explanatory name not only
involves a forged iron structure but a majestic/secretive world behind it. There are no registration
of its origin for certain, and the rumors revolve around ships having been lost at sea and ending up
in Angolan territory. During the colonial years, it was an art center, but after independence, the
beautiful palace fell into ruins and become a parking lot. Nowadays, it is a must see in the city of
Luanda due to its large diamond exposition.

Cidade Alta

Described as the political heart of the country, the beautiful Cidade Alta is White House of Angola.* 

*The area is surrounded by police and army forces who are surveying and protect the area of any suspicious activities.
Due to its high surveillance, beware of the signs and always ask if it is permissible to use cameras. 

Around the Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ residence, ministries and
governmental services can be found in the area. The buildings in the Cidade Alta indulge of this
beautiful pink tone, and carry the sweet, nice, and charming personality of the rarely calm Luanda.

Largo 1o de Maio

One of the most important places of the city of Luanda as the place where the Republic of Angola
was proclaimed as Agostinho Neto swept through the pages. Legend says there was a beautiful
and anxious silence at the square in 1975 when the first words were being pronounced. In the
current days, the Independence Square is still a center of birth for Angola as protests, wedding
shoots, birth of new artists are held there occasionally.

Largo das Heroínas

The square represents the presence of women in the fight for independence. Lucrécia Paim,
Engrácia Santos, Irene Cohen, Teresa Afonso die in 1969 for their beliefs and fought to the very
last breath for the independence of Angola. They are a symbol of pride and inspiration for many
Angolan women who fight every day for an honest life.

Mausoléu de Agostinho Neto

Commonly known as “o Foguetão”, the Mausoleum is the resting place of the first president of
Angola, António Agostinho Neto. The plans for this peculiar looking structure came from an
institute in the ex-USSR and took around 30 years to be finished as many complications came
throughout the years. The 18-acre Mausoleum has a museum, expositions, multiuse rooms, stores,
gardens and many others.

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