Tourist sites to discover…
THE BEACHES OF GRAND-BASSAM
Grand-Bassam is a seaside resort near the city of Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. It is known for its popular palm-lined beach, which extends along the Atlantic coast. The old town, which was built during the French colonial era, and was once the country’s capital, has a large number of houses in ruins from the 19th and 20th centuries. Traditional dresses are on display in a former governor’s palace at the National Costume Museum.
ASSINIE: BEACH AND TOURIST PLACES
For the beauty of the landscape and the quality of the hotels that can be found there. Very appreciated by the local population, they welcome every weekend or for holidays many tourists and visitors who come to spend pleasant moments with family or friends.
A jewel of the Ivorian tourist industry, Assinie, a locality situated about 80 km from Abidjan in the south-eastern region of the country, is one of the must-see places in the Eburnean region. The wonderful spectacle of its sunny banks, straddling the lagoon and the ocean, is a real call to discovery, relaxation, and idleness. Water sports enthusiasts will be able to enjoy all kinds of games (jet ski, towed buoy…), while the laziest can relax in the shade of the tall coconut palms along the wonderful beaches
of Assinie Mafia and Assouindé Beach.
Located in the village of Mafia, the “ANIABA” museum in Assinie is a place of pilgrimage for those who want to immerse themselves in the cultural richness of the N’ZIMA heritage.
There is the Assinie Mafia Museum with its many relics of the past, as well as costumes, ornaments, traditional objects and a guide who will help you discover the history of the peninsula.
THE ZOOLOGICAL PARK “CROCODILE DIPI”
Created in 1986 by Pierre DUPUY, the DIPI zoological park is one of Assinie’s major attractions. A visit during your stay in the seaside resort will be an opportunity to discover an area dedicated to the protection of all kinds of animal species. Crocodiles, snakes, ostriches, chimpanzees, fish, and other deer, mongooses, and monkeys are all animal species that you will find on the 7,000 m2 of surface area covered by the property.
THE CITY OF YAMOUSSOUKRO AND THE LARGEST BASILICA IN THE WORLD
Yamoussoukro is the political capital of Côte d’Ivoire, in West Africa. It is located in the inland area, northwest of the country’s economic and cultural center, the coastal city of Abidjan. The city is famous for the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, with its stained glass windows and dome on top of the building. The city is the birthplace of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the first President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire from 1960 to 1993, whose former palace has a lagoon full of crocodiles.
BANCO NATIONAL PARK
Transformed into a national park since 1953, the banco is a forest of 3474 hectares. It is a dense forest with tracks where the leaves intertwine to give the impression of a tunnel. An incursion into this place will allow you to discover its wonders and its hidden face.
MUSEUM OF CIVILIZATIONS OF COTE D’IVOIRE
This museum is located in Abidjan, more precisely in the commune of Plateau. The Museum of Civilization of Côte d’Ivoire was originally a craft center created by the colonial administration. Hubert Deschamps, who was Governor in 1942, created this center to showcase artisanal productions and preserve the best samples. It is open to the general public from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 6.30pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm .
ECOTOURISM IN DOMAINE BINI
Domaine Bini, a 70-hectare ecological site only 30 minutes from Abidjan. Farewell, stress and make way for nature! On the program, hiking and zip lines for sports enthusiasts. Clay bath, relaxation, and nap for those who rely on rest. You will be welcomed by a passionate and warm team, delighted to supervise you during this discovery day. Discover the natural resources of the estate in complete safety, an ideal place to recharge your batteries.
THE ARTISANAL CENTRE OF THE CITY OF ABIDJAN (CAVA)
In this center, you will find batiks, paintings typical of the northern region of Côte d’Ivoire, loincloths, jewelry and paintings. These coins come from all regions of Côte d’Ivoire but also from Ghana, Mali or Nigeria.
Each salesman has a specialty. You will be able to observe some craftsmen at work. There are even small restaurants called “maquis”(chop bar) located in the center of the market that offer breakfasts and lunches with African flavors.
The CAVA is located on the road parallel to Rue du Canal, between Boulevard VGE and Rue Clément-Ader.
Opening hours: Open every day of the week and public holidays, from 7 am to 6 pm
TOURISTIC SITES OF BINGERVILLE/ BOTANICAL GARDEN
BINGERVILLE is located on the outskirts of Abidjan, 18 km to the east and is part of the Abidjan urban area. This city was the second capital of Côte d’Ivoire (1900-1934) after Bassam and before Abidjan.
The botanical garden is an enchanting and seductive site that attracts all lovers of simplicity and nature. With an area of more than 54 hectares, it shelters trees more than 100 years old, notably palm trees. There are also some crops, such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, asparagus, and potatoes. You will also meet several animals such as gazelles, snakes, antelopes, agoutis, etc…