Cheap flights from Liberia

Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north, and Ivory Coast to its east. It has historical ties to the United States, after Liberia was founded by freed black slaves during the pre-Civil War antebellum era of the 19th century. The country covers an area of 111,369 square kilometres (43,000 square miles) and has a population of around four million people. Its capital and largest city is Monrovia. The official language spoken is English, while Liberian English is also widely spoken. It experiences an equatorial climate, which is hot year-round with heavy rainfall from May to October with a short interlude in mid-July to August; and during winter, from November to March, dry dust-laden harmattan winds blow inland.

Where to go

Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, serves as the nation’s cultural, political, and financial hub. The city centre is a picture of a tropical city: palm trees, paint-chipped low-rise buildings, and a zesty atmosphere in the streets. Unfortunately, there is not much to see or do, save for a number of places that you can check out. There’s the Waterside Market, the National Museum of Liberia, the Blo Degbo (a human face-shaped rock formation), and the Ducor Hotel. You can also visit Monkey Island, approximately an hour and a half from Monrovia. It is comprised of six islands home to six different chimpanzee groups. Food establishments worth checking out are cook chops that serve Liberian fare. Other options include Beach Bar & Grill, an "al fresco" dining venue; B First, a Bangladeshi restaurant that offers excellent and cheap meals; Bishoftu Ethiopian Restaurant for Ethiopian cuisine; Casablanca for excellent Moroccan food; Diana's for Lebanese sandwiches and falafel; Dona Maria for snacks and desserts; and Golden Beach Restaurant & Bar for seafood, pizza, and fine French dining.

Abidjan is the biggest and most important city of Cote d'Ivoire. It can be reached from Monrovia by plane in less than two hours. The city is sometimes called the “Paris of West-Africa”. However, poor upkeep and neglect due to the political instability and the civil war of the past decade rendered most of the buildings and structures unflattering and way past their “glory days”. Some places that you might want to visit though include the National Library of Côte d'Ivoire (Bibliothèque Nationale de Côte d'Ivoire), National Museum, St Paul's Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Paul d'Abidjan), The Cocody Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Parc du Banco rainforest reserve.

Brussels, the capital city of Belgium and of Brussels Capital Region, is seven hours away from Monrovia by plane. The best way to cover most of the city’s attractions is to purchase a Brussels Card, available in one-, two-, and three-day versions. Some of the landmarks that are absolutely worth checking out include Grand Place-Grote Markt, surrounded by 300 year-old buildings; Manneken Pis and Jeanneke Pis – both are fountains near Grote Markt; and Atomium, a distinct icon of Brussels and Belgium, with a significant value for international tourism, unique creation in the history of architecture, and emblematic vestige of the World Fair in Brussels. Visit museums and galleries within Brussels, including Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (MRAH) - Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (KMKG), which exhibits a valuable collection of art objects from different civilisations from all over the world; Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique - Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, houses both historical and modern art; and Natural Sciences Museum of Belgium, known for its famous collection of iguanodons (dinosaurs discovered in a coal-mine in Belgium).

How to get out

Roberts International Airport is an airport located near the town of Harbel, approximately 35 miles (56 kilometres) outside of Liberia’s capital of Monrovia. It is served by a number of airlines, although at present, certain airlines have suspended operations due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Air Côte d'Ivoire (Abidjan, Freetown), Arik Air (Accra, Lagos – currently all services are suspended), British Airways (London-Heathrow – suspended), Brussels Airlines (Brussels, Freetown), Eagle Atlantic Airlines (Abidjan, Accra, Freetown – currently all services are suspended), Gambia Bird (Accra, Banjul, Dakar, Douala, Freetown, Lagos – currently all services are suspended), Kenya Airways (Accra, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta – currently all services are suspended), and Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca, Freetown) operate at Roberts International Airport.

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