Relax in the shade of the palm trees and soak up the local scene.

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Independence Square

A place to pause in the historic centre.

Located in the historical centre of Malabo a few steps from the Cathedral, this is the most important square in the city and one of the highlights of the country. It is also a perfect place to take a break in the shade of giant palm trees that embellish the area. You should visit in the morning or after lunch, as these palms tend to attract large numbers of bats at dusk — no small matter, as the bats of Equatorial Guinea (and, in general, almost all animals here) are much bigger than their European cousins. Among the attractions of this plaza, you'll find benches and columns decorated with tiles depicting typical scenes of everyday life of the peoples who inhabited the country before the arrival of European settlers.

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