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Côte d’Ivoire Travel Guide

Côte d’Ivoire — Attractions

The Ivory Coast is a vast plateau with a stretch of beautiful mountains on its northwestern edge. It is both rich in physical beauty and culture, which is why it strikes the curiosity of many travelers despite its current political situation. Abidjan and Yamoussoukro are two of the largest cities and the crown jewels of West Africa. The country is also home to some of the few remaining virgin forests in the region, such as the unspoiled wilderness of Tai National Park and Bamboo Forest’s Cascade Waterfall. Thanks to the efforts of long-term president Felix Houphouet-Boigny, modern highways and roads into the beautiful jungles make it easier to explore these hidden wonders directly from the capital.

Yamoussoukro

Yamoussoukro is the capital of the Ivory Coast, situated about 143 miles north of the country’s commercial hub, Abidjan. Of all the city’s attractions, the main highlight is the Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Paix. This gigantic architectural landmark is a replica of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and while smaller than the original church, the amount of stained-glass present is greater than the total area of all stained-glass fixtures in France. Being the birthplace of the country’s long-term first president, Yamoussoukro benefited greatly from development. In addition to its architectural landmarks like the cathedral, mosque and palace, the city boasts other interestinga areas like a colorful market.
Address: Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
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Abidjan

Abidjan was the old capital and still remains the commercial center and administrative heart of the Ivory Coast. It has a bustling business district and a more traditional area known as Treichville, the heart of the action where bars, nightclubs and restaurants can be found along with the central market. Abidjan is a nice starting point for visits to neighboring regions, especially the lagoons, which are famous for water sports and boating. Within the city are important museums like the historical and cultural National Museum and the Ifon Museum.
Address: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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Lagunes

The coastal area around Abidjan is known as the Lagunes region. It is an excellent place for all kinds of outdoor recreation like fishing for barracuda, mullet, sole, and red carp, as well as boat trips for bigger catches like bonito, shark, marlin, and swordfish. Waterskiing is also a main pastime in Abidjan.
Address: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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Man

Located in the western region of the country, this lovely mountain town is surrounded by thick forests, peaks and scenic plateaus. Its virgin forests are home to beautiful hiking trails, especially around Mount Tonkoui, as well as stunning waterfalls and other natural wonders. The nearby villages of Gouessesso and Biankouma are worth checking out, especially during festival season. Man is not only famous for being the city with 18 mountains; it is also the site of the annual Festival of Masks.
Address: Man, Ivory Coast
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National Parks

The Ivory Coast has a total of three World Heritage-listed national parks, namely Comoe National Park, Tai National Park and the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve. These nature havens are great for spotting indigenous wildlife, as well as for observing native flora and fauna. Game hunting is allowed in some parts of the forests so if you're into that, you'll be in heaven.
Address: Ivory Coast
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Assouinde

In addition to Abidjan’s lagoon coast, great stretches of beach can be found in shore towns like Assounde, Grand Bassam and Tiagba on stilts. Bondoukou is an up-and-coming resort destination for sun-seekers so grab your SPF and bathing suit and work on your tan.
Address: Assouinde, Ivory Coast
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Korhogo

Korhogo is the chief city of Côte d'Ivoire's north and one of the best places for fishing and hunting. Other interesting attractions here include the old capital of Bigerville and Bouaké, which lies right in the heart of the country.
Address: North and Central Ivory Coast
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