Many associate Cotonou only with its seaport and business districts but this French town has a whole lot more to offer than just a destination for importation of cars and household items or a business hub. Join us as we take you on a journey to discover one of west Africa’s beautiful coastal cities.


Cotonou is home to an array of amazing sights and places of interest. Being a coastal city, it is naturally covered with an array of beaches, many pristine and quite spectacular. Listed below are some of them as well as other interesting facts about the city.

[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”1. Cotonou Beach” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24485″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]With its pure white sand and sparkling blue sea water, Cotonou beach is a sight to behold and appreciate.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”2. Fidjrosse Beach” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24486″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Fidjrosse Beach is another pristine beach. The beach stretches on end and provides visitors with a cool breeze atmosphere, thanks to its dozens of palm and coconut trees.and Tilapia fish stew is considered to be a delicacy in Ghana and can be found on the menu of all high end restaurants.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”3. Hotel Benin Marina Beach” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24487″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Arguably in the top 3 of the best beaches in the city. Sited before the imposing Hotel Benin, Marina Beach could give its European and American counterpart a run for their money! Both for its surrounding and excellent service, Marina Beach is a must visit. [/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”4. Hotel Eldorado Beach Club” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24488″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Hotel Eldorado Beach Club offers its guests a wide range of what has been described as first class treatment.

As a first time visitor to Cotonou, you’ll simply be spoiled for choice as to the many attractions, activities and fun places the city has on offer. There’s even a beach named after the president of the United States of America![/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”5. Obama Beach” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24489″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Arranged just after the election of United States President Barack Obama, this idyll on the edge of the sea, between the International Conference Centre and the Novotel attracts a large crowd every weekend. [/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”6. Cotonou Fetish Market” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24490″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]The market displays as wares, a variety of animal remains! Many specifically sold for the voodoo (Vodun Festivals) observed by the majority of its citizens who practice the religion.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”7. The Pendjari National Park” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24491″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]This 275,000-hectare national park is the wildlife park par excellence in this part of West Africa. Containing the largest population of elephants in West Africa as well as endangered species. It is widely reputed to be in the top 3 of the last sanctuaries of wildlife in West Africa.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”8. The Cotonou Littoral Monument ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24492″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_custom_heading text=”9. Cotonou Craft Market” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24493″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Cotonou Craft Market is another tourist attraction of the city. On display are many crafted souvenirs and household decor items.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”10. The Royal Palace of Abomey” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24494″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]The Royal Palace of Abomey is one tourist site that every visitor to the coastal town in encouraged to visit at least once.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”11. Dantokpa Market” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24495″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Another major tourist attraction is the Dantokpa Market, notable for it’s souvenirs and beautiful African prints fabrics[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”12. Djimon Hounsou” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24498″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]Cotonou is home to a number of famous people such as Djimon Hounsou; hollywood actor and ex-husband of Kimora Lee Simmons of Baby Phat empire.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”13. Angelique Kidjo” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:center|color:%23000000″][vc_single_image image=”24497″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border”][vc_column_text]The beautiful Angelique Kidjo is another famous Cotonou indigene. Born and raised in the town of Ouidah a few minutes from Cotonou. Kidjo would often credit her upbringing and childhood in the tiny Benin republic as the main source of influence for her many energy-charged stage performances which actually began at a very tender age.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Do you know other beautiful African cites with famous people? Let us know by dropping your comments below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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