Home to over half the population of Gabon, Libreville is the business and cultural hub of the country. It was named for the freed slaves that built the port and has developed into one of the more glamorous African capitals. It is considered a very expensive city and travellers should come prepared for hefty price tags. Despite this, it's a laidback place with a relaxed African attitude towards life. Although not generally a picturesque city, Libreville does have a pretty coastal strip, where many of the more expensive shops and hotels can be found, and some lovely beaches. Tourists tend to use the city as a transport hub and usually just pass through, but there are a few worthwhile attractions for visitors: you can head to the seafront to laze by the Atlantic Ocean; visit the Arboretum de Sybang to see thousands of species of indigenous trees; or explore the bustling markets at Mbolo and Bord De Mer. The Musée des Arts et Traditions has a large collection of tribal crafts and cultural artefacts, and for a living experience of Bwiti culture visit the Ebando Association. The Louis Quarter is the area with the best nightlife and boasts some glitzy clubs, good restaurants and lively bars. The resort island of Pointe Denis, a short boat ride from the city, is a very popular excursion and attracts many with some of Gabon's best beaches.