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Since the colonial era and crowning of King Archibong III by Queen Victoria in 1878; the 16th century port city has been a society holiday destination.
Explore colonial architecture around Henshaw and Duke Town including the governor's residence, Mary Slessor Residence and the Calabar Museum.
If you are a nature enthusiast, spare the time to travel to Agbokim Waterfalls surrounded by lush green valleys and near to the Afi Wildlife Sanctuary, Refome Lake and Kwa Rapids.
For wildlife, visit the Drill Monkey Rehab Center and Cercopan Primate Rehabilitation Center.

Pick up textiles and handicrafts at Watt Market or delve in to a local experience at Marian Wet Market.

Food from Calabar is renowned. Sublime suya is served up at Bogobiri corner. More formal diners can head to Freddy's for Lebanese (Freddy's, 90 Aketong Drive,087/232 821).
If you are a fan of bars with kitsch names, have a post-prandial boogie around Nelson Mandela Street at La Luna, Paradise City and Tuxedo Junction.

Recommended hotels include The Mirage (Plot 230, Mcc road Calabar. +234 80372 26046) and Metropolitan Hotel at Murtala Mohammed Highway (+234 80669 00009).
25km from the airport, Tinapa Business Resort offers a host offacilities and activities (+234 87 232 300).

Every December 26th, Calabar comes alive for the week-long Carnival featuring parties, parades and a load of fringe activities (

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