Cotonou

Cotonou

is the largest city in Benin. Although Porto-Novo is the capital in Cotonou are many embassies and the national airport and most activities can be found here.
Kuwabo in Benin, Welcome in Benin
Kuwabo in Benin, Welcome in Benin
The national airport Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport, the big harbor (important for West-Africa it was modernized and enlarged in 1960) and industrial activities like the beer brewery Beninoise.
The cathedral of Notre Dame de Miséricorde
The cathedral of Notre Dame de Miséricorde
The National University of Benin is also located in Cotonou in Abomey Calavi.
Many embassies are located in Cotonou and it is also the commercial center of the country.
La Beninoise beer
La Beninoise beer
Cotonou is located in the south east of the country and lies between the Gulf of Guinee in the south and Lake Nokoué in the north. The city is devided in two pieces by the Oueme River. There are three bridges over the river. Cotonou is the capital of the province of Atlantique.
One of the bridges over the Oueme River
One of the bridges over the Oueme River

The name ‘Cotonou’ comes from the Fon language and means; the mouth of the river of death.

Friendship Stadium
Friendship Stadium

 

Things to see: The cathedral of Notre Dame de Miséricorde, The Central Mosque, The Friendship Stadium, the 20 hectare Dantokpa Market (with many sales people from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso)
Dantokpa Market
Dantokpa Market
In Cotonou it is worth to visit the beach, it is very wide and lays in the Cadjehoun area where the airport is.
In Fidjrosse you can find many terraces on the beach, little restaurants  and there are many hotels.
In the rea where many embassies are located you can find several modern buildings. Something else you can’t miss is the Zémidjans, the motorcycle taxis, the guys wear in Cotonou yellow blouses. But different colours in other cities, like blue in Porto Novo.

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