The Republic of Benin is a West African country bordered by Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, the Bight of Benin and the Gulf of Guinea. Formerly known as Dahomey, Benin Republic offers something interesting for every type of traveller. Whether you’re looking to increase your historical knowledge, relax or do something you have never done before, Benin has a spot.
Here’s where to go depending on what you want.
To experience the culture or gain historical knowledge:
Make a stop at Place des Martyrs
In the heart of Cotonou is a historical monument that stands in memory of the victims of the coup d’etat tried by Bob Denard and his mercenaries. With the help of a tour guide, you can learn more about 20th Century Benin. The stairs are often filled with tourists and locals creating art or just taking in their surroundings.
For a relaxing day:
Spend time at the Obama Festival Beach
Yes, Cotonou has a beach named after the 44th president of the United States of America (probably because the beach is situated opposite the US Embassy). Although most people advise against swimming in Benin’s beaches due to…
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Written by Oshoriame Egbakhumeh