Grand Popo

Grand Popo

Is a nice fishing village at the coast of Benin. It lays about 85 km from Cotonou and close to the Togolese border. Grand Popo is a nice place to relax at the beach for some days or more. The new road (which is under construction now) from Cotonou will bring you quickly to Grand Popo.
Unspoiled beach in Grand Popo
Unspoiled beach in Grand Popo
Many returning Afro-Brazilians settled here also, mainly to involve in commerce. Therefore you will find many buildings with colonial architecture.
The old town of Grand Popo was quite important during the slave trade but now has many empty and derelict buildings. There are still people living there and when you walk through the side streets and explore a bit you will notice how totally charming it is.
The main business in the region is fishing, and picturesque fishing villages line the beautiful beaches.
You can go on a boat trip on the Mono River.
The Mono River is 500km long and runs through Togo before getting to Grand Popo where it flows into the sea at Les Bouches du Roi.
It is a beautiful place for birdwatchers, the mangroves is a must to see.
There are many small villages along the river where the people make salt.
Voodoo can be seen and there are voodoo temples.
Grand Popo straw drying
Straw drying for sleeping mats
Among the fishing villages are two beautiful resorts;
The L’ Auberge de Grand Popo, and the Awale Plage resort.
L’Auberge de Grand Popo is based in a beautiful colonial building, and was featured in Lonely Planet’s TV program on the best beach resorts in the world. In spite of a fairly basic standard, the auberge has a great atmosphere and a swimming pool, great for warm days, since the currents in the ocean can be strong and often dangerous.
Awale Plage is a newer establishment right on the beach, and has a number of beautiful bungalows with good standard. The restaurant is great, and the view priceless.
The resort has a nice swimming pool.
Both resorts are beautiful places to rest and relax. The most recommended activity is to stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen pull their nets, the women in colorful dresses cleaning the fish and the painted and carved boats being cleaned and prepared.
If you don’t feel like eating in the hotel there are several restaurants along the road, but we recommend Le Bercail, on the main road between Awale Plage and the town itself.

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