Cotonou is the largest city in the African Country of Benin, and also acts as the economic hub and centre. It was previously known as Kutonu, and many analysts believe there are well over 1 million people that live in Cotonou. Book your flights to Cotonou (COO) with Kenya Airways and get ready to explore Benin.
Cotonou houses the Government, even though it is not the Nation’s Capital City, which is Porto-Novo. The piracy off the coast has decreased the amount of trade done Cotonou’s large Harbour.
December to March are the best times to visit Cotonou. Visiting outside these times will mean dealing with extreme heat and humidity.
A valid passport that is not expiring within 6 months, and a Visa are required to visit Cotonou, in Benin. Check the latest Benin visa requirements
Depending on what time of year you are travelling to Cotonou will influence what you need to pack. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with. Insect repellant is a must.
All your vaccinations need to be up to date and you need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever before you will be able to enter Cotonou in Benin. Anti-malaria tablets are also advisable.
The port in Cotonou is one of the largest in the West African area, and the Cotonou International Airport serves travellers mainly from neighbouring Countries, other areas in Benin and France. It is best to inquire about public transportation and rental cars through your booking or travel agent.
Cotonou is a French speaking port City, and is the largest City and economic hub of the African Country called Benin, with Porto-Novo being the Capital. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean.
There are some great hotels to stay it in Benin that include the Nobila Airport Hotel, Maison Rouge Cotonou, Hotel du Lac and the Azalai Hotel De La Plague.
A visit to the Cotonou Cathedral (Notre Dame des Apotres) is a must, and it is well known for the striped tiles on the outside of the building. The cathedral has a rich history and dates back to the 1880’s.
Places like the Dantokpa Market, the National University of Benin and the Ancient Pont Bridge – which was built in the 1920’s – are all worth a visit.
Bob’s Dock is one of the tourist destinations favoured by many in Cotonou. It is a beach trip that takes you (Via a boat) through a beautiful mangrove area and it’s surroundings, which is followed by some ice-cold drinks and lunch. It is a great day out.
Other places also worth visiting include Foundation Zinsou, Fidjrosse Beach, Artisanal Center, Code Bar and Coco Cocktail.
Regardless of where or what you visit in Cotonou, you are bound to have a truly authentic West African experience that will be embedded in your thoughts forever!
There are some superb places to eat out in Cotonou, and no matter what sort of food you are craving, you are bound to find it.
The top 5 restaurants in Cotonou are: