Major Tourist Attractions: Basillica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, Tai National Park, Treichville, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Comoe National Park
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About Cote d'Ivoire
Located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa, Cote d'Ivoire has long been a popular international travel destination. Known for its beaches and tropical weather, the country also boasts rainforest parks, rich culture, and surprisingly, the world's largest
French is widely spoken in Cote d'Ivoire, and it is the official language of government and business. Compared to other Francophone countries in the region, a significant number of Ivorians are able to communicate with basic English. While the country
was rocked by political crisis and near civil war for over a decade, Cote d'Ivoire has returned to stability in recent years.
Abidjan, the country's commercial capital, is a logical place to start a trip in Cote d'Ivoire. Framed by a maze of lagoons, Abidjan's business district stands out as one of the most picturesque skylines in West Africa. A quick tour in a water taxi will
help you get oriented while offering panoramic views of the city. Abidjan is famous for its nightlife, and you should be sure to take advantage at least once while you are there, even if you can't make it till dawn like some Ivorian revelers.
From Abidjan, take a trip down the coast to San Pedro for some rest and relaxation on the beach. If you're itching for something to do, head inland to Tai National Park, which has one of the only native populations of Chimpanzees in West Africa. After
touring the southwest of the country, you can either continue on to Man, a small town nestled in forested mountains, or Yamoussoukro, the country's political capital and home to the world's largest church, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. End your
trip with a visit to the coastal towns near the Ghanaian border, where you can unwind on a strip of land that has ocean on one side and lagoon on the other.
Cote d'Ivoire has a more developed tourist infrastructure than many other countries in the region. The recently reconstructed north-south highway that runs from Abidjan all the way to Mali is one of the region's few four lane roads. Accommodation options
vary, but you can be sure to find a clean hotel room just about anywhere in the country. In Abidjan and San Pedro, you can expect to find an abundance of five star properties. Finally, there are upscale beach resorts in the west and east of the country.
Here are a few things to do in Cote d'Ivoire that will whet your travel appetite:
- Lay on the beach in tranquil San Pedro
- Dine on attieke and charcoal grilled chicken in Abidjan
- Spot chimpanzees and forest elephants in Tai National Park
- Visit the world's largest church in Yamoussoukro
- Surf the waves in Grand Bassam
- Rent a beach bungalow in Assinie and tour the lagoon on a pirogue
- Shop for local crafts at Adjame market, one of the largest outdoor markets in West Africa
- Tour the Abidjan lagoon in a water taxi
- Drink fresh coconut water from one of the many streetside vendors in Abidjan
- Fish off the beach in Grand-Lahou
- Sample a bit of koutoukou, a locally made gin
- Explore the waterfalls and bamboo forests in the area surrounding Man
Address: 01 B.P. 1712 Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire
Phone: (+225) 22 49 4450;
from the U.S. 00 225 22494450