About LuandaThe capital of Angola sits on the Atlantic coast behind a narrow pine-fringed sandbar. It was founded by Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Novais in 1576. By the time it gained independence from Portugal in 1975, it was a modern city. Rejuvenation of the city is continuously improving the infrastructure with cranes and building sites visible, as well as new buildings like the Torre Ambiente – a block of luxury apartments topped by what’s believed to be Africa’s most expensive penthouse.
Portuguese is the official language in Angola.
Hotels are generally rated as underpriced and under impressive. Airbnb, the online booking service where people can put their own home or apartment up for rental, is taking off in Luanda and it’s worth checking out before you book accommodation.