Malabo

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As you fly in to Malabo you will see oil platforms scattered around the harbour, tankers steaming and coastal refineries shooting off flames night and day. Malabo is an oil town and, in many ways, it's a cosmopolitan place where expatriates kick back at the end of the day before heading back to work on the platforms.

Like many African city-towns, Malabo is also desperately third world. Downtown you'll find evidence of the colonial past, when Malabo was first the British naval station of Port Clarence on lease from Spain, and later renamed Santa Isabel when it was returned to Madrid.

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