When is the best time to fly to Gabon?
Libreville is near the equator and the weather never becomes cold. The driest months are from June to August. Libreville's biggest festival is Independence Day on August 17, which is celebrated with parades and dancing displays. September to May bring clearer skies, but also the city's rainy season. New Year's Eve brings a city-wide party to Libreville. All year round, Libreville's beaches are popular with local residents.
Libreville is the vibrant capital of Gabon, on the coast of west central Africa. Libreville is a large city that is home to some 800,000 people and it has a reputation for being both friendly and safe. Local people have a very relaxed way of life. French is widely spoken, because Gabon is a former French colony. Libreville's Seaside Boulevard is a favourite meeting place, with a beautiful setting on the Atlantic Ocean. Impressive, large Gabonese sculptures are on permanent display along the boulevard. Pointe Denis beach is on an island a 30-minute boat ride from Libreville. The beach is popular because of its wide expanse of white sand and for its water sports. Snorkelling is popular and boat hire is available at Pointe Denis. In the city centre, there are several points of interest. L'Eglise St-Michel is Libreville's cathedral, which is famous for the dozens of intricately carved wooden columns which hold up the roof. The elaborate presidential palace dates from the extravagant rule of President Omar Bongo in the 1970s. Other examples of eye-catching contemporary architecture in Libreville include the Ministry of Forestry and Environment and the building housing the Ministry of Mines and Petrol which is said to be the most photographed building in Libreville. A short taxi ride from Libreville is the Arboretum de Sibang, a preserved rainforest park which offers visitors a glimpse of the natural riches of Gabon.