Bafatá is a town in central Guinea-Bissau, known as the birthplace of Amílcar Cabral.[1] The town has a population of 22,501 (2008 est).[2] It is the capital of Bafatá Region as well as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bafatá, which was established in March 2001 with Carlos Pedro Zilli as bishop.[3]

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Bafatá is located in Guinea-Bissau
Location in Guinea-Bissau
Bafatá is located in Africa
Bafatá (Africa)
Coordinates: 12°10′19″N 14°39′27″W / 12.17194°N 14.65750°W / 12.17194; -14.65750Coordinates: 12°10′19″N 14°39′27″W / 12.17194°N 14.65750°W / 12.17194; -14.65750
CountryFlag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau
Admin. RegionBafatá Region
10 m (30 ft)
 • Total34,760

Bafatá is noted for its brickmaking.[4] By the 1880s it was an established trading centre for the Portuguese, including peanuts, cattle, hides, textiles, and salt.[5]


The town is served by Bafatá Airport, an airstrip,[6] and a regional hospital.[7] There is a hotel, the Bafatá Apartamento Imel. The restaurant Ponto de Encontro serves Portuguese cuisine. The surrounding forests are noted for their monkey and antelope populations, and Maimama Cape, owned by a Cape Verdean, organizes trips to visit the animals for tourists.[8] The town is in a derelict state; the streets contain tumbleweeds and cracked tarmac.[9] Several of the main avenues are named Bissau, Brazil and Guiana.



  1. ^ Chabal, Patrick (2002). Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People's War. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 29. ISBN 978-1-85065-548-0.
  2. ^ World Gazetteer, Retrieved on June 16, 2008
  3. ^ Mendy, Peter Karibe (17 October 2013). Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. Scarecrow Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-8108-8027-6.
  4. ^ Country Profile: Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde. The Unit. 1987.
  5. ^ Miller, Joseph C.; Havik, Philip J.; Birmingham, David (15 November 2011). A Scholar for All Seasons: Jill Dias: Portuguese Studies Review, Vol. 19, Nos. 1 and 2 (Special Volume in Memory of Jill Dias, 1944-2008) (ISSN 1057-1515). Baywolf Press. p. 216.
  6. ^ Official Records of the ... Session of the General Assembly: Supplement. UN. 1947.
  7. ^ La mortalité maternelle dans la région de Bafatá (in French). The Département. 1989.
  8. ^ Trillo, Richard (2 June 2008). The Rough Guide to West Africa. Rough Guides Limited. p. 1298. ISBN 978-1-4053-8068-3.
  9. ^ Ham, Anthony (2009). West Africa. Lonely Planet. p. 447. ISBN 978-1-74104-821-6.