Luanda is a city of stark contrasts and an African metropolis. Located on the Atlantic coast, it is the country’s largest city and one of the busiest seaports. From the high rise, modern buildings to lean-to huts built to accommodate people in this rapidly expanding city. Founded in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais and settled by the Portuguese, Luanda became the administrative centre of the colony and a major outlet for slave traffic to Brazil. Take a stroll down The Marginal, Luanda's beautiful promenade, perhaps the most alluring spot of all. When the midday heat has passed, people, head to it and the beach.