City Guide, Douala
Douala is one of the well known cities of Cameroon, its home to the largest port
and also the cities major international airport, the Douala Airport. The commercial
capital of the country, it manages most of the country's major exports, such as
cocoa, oil and coffee, as well as trade to or from Chad. The country’s largest
market, the Eko Market is also situated here.
Tourist Attractions in Douala will make you enjoy your tour to this city of Cameroon
in a better way. You will find that it is one of the most memorable of your trips.
You will find various interesting places here. These places include various museums
that showcase different works of art. These will fascinate students of art or any
other art enthusiast. Tourist Attractions in Douala are quite varied and help you
get an insight into the cultural side of the people dwelling here.
Among all the tourist attractions in Douala the L'espace Doual'art, Douala is
perhaps the most famous one. It is a place that has a brilliant collection of contemporary
arts. If you come to this place then you will be able to take a look at this museum
then you will get a good idea of the kind of the artistic talent that is present
in this part of the country. If you come to this place of tourist attractions in
Douala then you will also see the good architecture of the place. You can also read
at the library here. This place will give you much knowledge about the visual art.
The building also organizes exhibitions. If you want you can go to the cafetaria
to have a sip of coffee.
Culture and entertainment
Douala is a large and hilly city. Once you come to this city, you will find yourself
in the lap of nature. As the city is placed amidst an equatorial forest region of
Cameroon, natural beauty will surely mesmerize you. A visit to Mt. Cameroon is the
best thing that one can do during the tours in Douala. The Wouri River that lies
next to it is very beautiful. This river is always seen filled with oceangoing cargoes
and passenger ships. Cameroon has distinct regional cultural, religious, and political
traditions as well as ethnic variety. A sense of a common national culture has been
created through shared history, schooling, national holidays and symbols, and enthusiasm
Food and drink
Local food is excellent, but luxury items can be extremely expensive. There are
many restaurants in big towns and cities, with good service. Douala and Yaoundé
have by far the greatest variety, with many different styles of cuisine represented,
including Lebanese, Asian, African and European. Cheap and tasty Cameroonian food
is served in chantiers and chop houses. The coastal area offers excellent
fresh fish and prawns. Most international hotels have bars.
Local handicrafts include highly decorated pots, drinking horns, jugs, bottles
and cups, wood carvings, great earthenware bowls and delicate pottery, dishes and
trays, mats and rugs woven from grass, raffia, jeweler and camel hair, cotton and
beadwork garments. These are sold in the marchés artisanales (tourist or
craft markets) found in large towns and tourist areas.
Some stallholders offer items which they describe as antique: in many cases they're
merely distressed. Special permission must be obtained from the Delegation Provinciale
de Tourisme in Douala to take genuine antiquities out of the country. The main markets
in most towns sell fresh produce, cheap clothing and household essentials rather
than souvenirs, but can be good places to find African-style printed cotton fabric.
Douala City Map