Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast is located in the south of Ivory Coast. It is the first most populous city in French-speaking West Africa and the second largest city within the Francophone with 4,707,000 inhabitants. Abidjan, nicknamed “the pearl of the lagoons”, is considered the cultural crossroads of West Africa and knows a perpetual growth characterized by a strong industrialization and a galloping urbanization.
Tourist attractions Abidjan
- Banco National Park. In the early 1920s, the French present in Ivory Coast launched a prospection in order to create a forest research station. Thus the Banco forest was officially classified as a forest reserve in 1926, before becoming the first national park of Côte d’Ivoire by the decree of 31 October 1953.
- The Civilization Museum of Cote D’ivoire. This museum has a collection of archaeology, contemporary arts, documents and archives on Ivorian cultural heritage. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9h to 18h30, entry fees are: 500 FCFA (national), 1,000 FCFA (Africans), 2,000 FCFA (non-Africans). African students: 500 FCFA. Non-African students: 1,000 FCFA. Children: 100 FCFA. Groups of students: 500 FCFA. Free for the disabled and children from 0 to 5 years old.
- The Rotonde of Contemporary Arts. La Rotonde des Arts is a contemporary art centre established at the initiative of Nur al Hayat Foundation and Professor Yacouba Konate, a philosopher and arts critic. As one of the pioneering structures for the promotion of contemporary arts in Abidjan, the very dynamic Rotonde des Arts was the initiative of the first participation of Ivory Coast in the 2014 Venice Biennale.
- Cecile Fakhoury Gallery. The Cécile Fakhoury gallery offers a 600 m² exhibition space. This gray cube with a clean aesthetic art expresses itself openly. The programme for the year includes individual and collective exhibitions spread over a period of two months.
- Saint-Paul’s Cathedral. Overlooking the 70-meter-high lagoon, St. Paul’s Cathedral looks like an architectural UFO in the middle of the high-tech towers of the business district. Completed at a total cost of 4.5 billion CFA francs, this colossal building erected to the glory of the Lord will certainly not leave you indifferent, especially if one looks a little on its history and the significance attached to its architecture.
Top 5 Restaurants in Abidjan
- Restaurant Le Grand Large
- Restaurant Le Mechoui
- Restaurant Saakan
- Restaurant Kajazoma
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