A distinctly laid-back approach to life means that Libreville’s beach (bord de la mer) is the focus of attention for both visitors and locals. Pristine white sand covers a deep-blue Atlantic coastline, and the beach is ideal for swimming and snorkelling (although, be wary of some very strong currents at certain times of the day).
You will find yourself sharing the shore with some other locals – a series of 20-foot statues that provide a unique ambiance. And if you tire of sunbathing and swimming, consider taking a 20-minute boat trip across the bay, to the popular Pointe Denis resort.
Nearby is the Arboretum de Sybang, another must-see on any trip to Libreville. This beautiful crop of native trees sets the scene for a cool and serene experience – the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the streets. A word of advice, though: take plenty of mosquito repellent with you.
To find out more about the culture and history of the country, head to the Musée des Arts et Traditions du Gabon. It is home to an excellent collection of artefacts, with regular exhibitions showcasing the art and heritage of the nation.