... Mali is served by Aigle Azur with 3 scheduled direct flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays departing from Paris Orly Sud.
A land of ancient civilisation, Mali has successively been the cradle of the medieval empires of Ghana, Mali, Songhai, the Bambara kingdoms of Segou and Kaarta, and the theocratic states of Peul and Toucouleur.
Mali is named after the empire that most fascinated its time by the image of a country rich in gold, the Empire of Mali. Known for its famous musicians, noisy markets, its stunning scenery and its four sites classified as World Heritage sites by UNESCO (Djenne, Dogon Country, Timbuktu, and the Tomb of the Askia), Mali will charm you with its strength of character.
- Arts : Mali is a colourful country in which the arts take many forms.
- Literature : Malian literature is marked by the important work left by Amadou Hampate Ba, but many Malian authors enable you to better understand the country, its lifestyle, and traditions. Some Malian authors: Massa Makan Diabaté (author of the Kouta trilogy), Mandé Alpha Diarra, Moussa Ag Assarid, Aminata Traore.
- Music : Music traditionally accompanies major life events in Mali. Some big names in Malian musicians and singers: Ami Koïta, Habib Koité, Toumani Diabaté, Boubacar Traoré, etc. The griots, travelling professional musicians, are very active in local towns.
- Cinema : Malian cinema has mainly developed since the country's independence in 1960. Adama Drabo, Souleymane Cissé, Kalifa Dienta, Falaba Issa Traoré, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Abdoulaye Ascofaré, and Assane Kouyate are among the most renowned filmmakers.
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Basic information :
Population: 12.3 million inhabitants (2008)
Area: 1,240,000 km²
Official language: French
Spoken languages: French, Bambara, Soninke, Senoufo, Sarakole, Dogon, Pulaar, Tamajek, and Arabic
Currency: CFA franc (CFA 100 = € 0.15)
Time difference: CET -1 hour in winter, CET -2 hours in summer
Flight time: 5hr 30min