Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital and largest city is accompanied by over one million residents. The city was established in 1780s, as a base for freed slaves from North America and the Caribbean.
Freetown is a major port in the Atlantic Ocean. It also represents the whole country in terms of urban setting, economic, finance, culture, education and politics.
The economy of the city is geared around its harbor, which occupies some portion of the Sierra Leon River’s estuary in one of the world’s largest deep water harbors.
Freetown is strung between the mountains and the sea, and also features bubbling scene with energy, color and charm.
It might even be the only city in the world where one can emerge from the airport, shining after an overnight flight.
You will be amazed by the standing wooden deck, beaches, palm trees, color, lush lobster dinners and terrible war history.
To experience the 21st century Freetown, explore the city and snoop around its landmarks. Go back in time by starting at the National Museum which is a must see! Here, the city’s history is fascinatingly told with graphics and artefacts. On Wallace Johnson Street is the brilliant \'Big Market\', the perfect place to shop for arts and crafts, locally made costumes, artefacts and souvenirs! Don’t forget to visit St. Georges Cathedral, Railway Museum, Maroon Church, Martello Tower and Fort Thornton where the Presidential State House now stands. You should also see the 500-year-old cotton tree; the De Ruyter Stone which is Freetown’s oldest monument, a copy of it is at the national museum, but the real stone lies underground, just above the high watermark at the King Jimmy Market on the sight of a natural spring. You must also visit the Government Wharf and King\'s Yard; Fourah Bay College, West Africa’s oldest university established in 1827 and the 1820 architecture of Marcon\'s Church. The King Jimmy Market and it bazaars are colourful spectacles and interesting shopping spots.
With restaurants selling foreign and local dishes, what to eat is not an issue in Freetown. But you will do your taste bud a great favour by tasting the delicious local cuisine. Typical local dishes include agidi, a sweet ground-corn-made snack that is soft and moist in texture; plasas, a variety of dishes made with green leaves boiled and cooked with oil, hot chillies, onion, meat and/or fish, served over rice—it may be cassava leaf pounded and shredded, prepared with sliced (Sweet) potato leafs. Crain crain (jute leaves/draw soup) is stemmed, cut finely, boiled, and cooked till it gives a slimy texture. There is also the Sawasawa, Wate Sawa served hot with rice or foofoo.