City Guide, Cotonou
Cotonou , capital city of Benin, on the Gulf of Guinea. It is Benin's chief seaport
and commercial center. Cotonou's airport and road and rail connections also make
it the transportation and communications hub of Benin. The city has small-scale
industries; manufactures include palm oil and cake, brewing, textiles, cement and
other construction materials, aluminum sheet, beverages, and processed seafood.
Motor vehicles and bicycles are assembled, and there are sawmills in the city. Cotonou
is a distribution center for petroleum products, and bauxite and iron are exported
(primarily to Guinea) from there. Drilling for offshore oil is carried on nearby.
Cotonou has research institutes concerned with textiles, tropical agriculture, and
The city has bouquet of small beaches. In the southern end of the country there
are some lagoons consisting of the Pile villages. cotonou would be complimented
with sightseeing of the waterfalls, hill and the grasslands of the country. Benin
tourist destinations are spread all across the country.
The tour to Somba region would give the tourists pleasure to witness the exotic
architecture and the cultural heritage. The experience of getting into a wildlife
park is also possible in Benin. The tourist to Benin could visit the Pendjari Wildlife
Park. The tourists can also visit Musee Historique d' Abomey which is a very attractive
place and houses the palaces of ancient kings.
Culture and entertainment
Benin culture is rich and diverse, with influences from traditional tribal beliefs,
including ‘voodooism’ (Vudun) as well as French from colonization. enin
Music is very important in all Benin tribal groups, and grammy nominated singer
Angelique Kidjo is originally from Cotonou in Benin. Influences in music have a
broad sphere from traditional West African with a French touch and French lyrics.
Literature is also a strong feature in Benin culture, with ancient cultures having
strong oral storytelling roots before the French colonization.
Vudun or ‘voodoo’ culture plays a very important role in Benin tradition,
and as a major religion this practice is far from the bloodthirsty image of Hollywood
voodoo and more simply a form of animism. Voodoo markets can be found throughout
Arts include richly ornate cloth appliqué banners dating back to ancient Dahomey,
as well as brass and brass artwork, mostly figures and iconic symbols.
Food and drink
Food in Cotonou, include, but are not limited to, Le Huit, Pili Pili, C\hez Maman
Benin, Hai King, Maquis du Port, Bangkok Terrasse, Le Sorrento, Livingstone, Chez
Clarisse, La Costa Rica, Restaurant Romantica, Maquis Le Lagon, La Verdure, Maquis
le Mandingue, La Gerbe d’Or, Indiana, Faim Gourmet, Restaurant I’Amitie,
Restaurant Mandarine and Sandwich Ladies.
When it comes to drinking Cotonou, has got even more to offer. E.g. Dynamic Hotel
Nightclub, Yes Papa, The Irish Bar, Cosy African Bar, Street Bars, Jonquet District
and Z:Everyone Dances .
By far, Cotonou is the best area in Benin (indeed, some say it even compares
well with other areas in Nigeria itself) to indulge in a little shopping. Within
Cotonou, the sprawling Dantokpa market houses the most unique shops at some of the
fairest prices. You can find many local artisan crafts and sundries that can’t
be found anywhere else in the world. Many of these shops establish prices through
bargaining, and this can add to the fun and excitement of shopping in a local market
(even if your bargaining skills aren’t up to par). Some shops in this area
include Farifana, the Maison du Vin, and the Wooding Textile Shop.