Bata Cathedral © John and Mel Kotsopoulos
Bata is a colourful, charming city on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. The country's largest city is home to a vibrant nightlife, wonderful markets, and some of the best hotels in the country. Visitors can stroll down wide streets, barter at the markets, and enjoy great local bars and restaurants. The city is a great base from which to explore the mainland. Just to the north is a port with ferries sailing to Malabo and Douala. The pristine coastline, with beautiful sandy beaches, stretches north and south of the city, and is almost always deserted.