Patio Magazine in Luba
Where a small town meets the sea.
A day trip to Luba.
Located in the southwestern part of the island of Bioko, the city of Luba has always been linked to the sea. Its economy, based on both fishing and logging, still depends on the port located in the bay of the same name, at the foot of the so-called great Caldera. Most of the buildings in this area date back to the Spanish colonial era. One of the best known of these faces the bay and was built during the early twentieth century, on the initiative of wealthy local merchant Cipriano Maximiliano Jones; it's known as the Patio Magazine, a curious name for an even more peculiar place, as its massive structure is inspired by the shape of the merchant ships plying the route between Luba and Malabo, which were responsible for Jones' great fortune.