Luanda: Where the joy meets the beauty

(David Stanley)

The natural beauties, rich gastronomy, and happiness of its people, in the city of Luanda, the capital of Angola, have approached Brazilian customs through diverse connections. One of them is the official language, Portuguese, a result from Portuguese colonization. “Capoeira”, a type of martial arts that began in Brazil, recovers Angolan and Brazilian indigenous elements. The Angolans just love soccer and they are big fans of the Brazilian championship team.

The discovery process of the city began in 1575 when Paulo Dias de Novais, general captain in the conquests for the Kingdom of Portugal, landed on the Cape Island, where he encountered a quite numerous native population of about 700 people. The origin of the name Luanda comes from “Axiluandas singular Muxiluandas” which means “island/ sea man” natives on Cape Island. The menu includes hominy, cassava cake, funge, mufete, fish and chicken ginguba (peanut) stash, Luanda offers enough to please the most demanding local and foreign gourmet tastes when visiting the capital city of the country. You can walk along the streets in the city, discover a little bit about the local history at museums, government and military buildings, and churches.

One of the most beautiful postcard pictures is “avenida 4” (4th avenue) in February, known as Marginal, it displays the contrast between the natural beauty of the bay in Luanda, there are beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water and it is decorated by the coconut trees.

There are about 6.5 million inhabitants; Luanda is one of the most populous capitals in the world, based on the latest census in 2014. These people are happy and fun-to-be with; they fill the pubs and restaurants in an excellent nightlife entertainment infrastructure in the capital city. The economy is based on tourism and commerce.