French Colonial influence abounds throughout in architecture, language and culture while traditional customs are alive and well...
The capital Abidjan is one of West Africa's most modern capitals and much of it is built on the country's biggest exports – coffee and cocoa.
The Ivory Coast was at one time a major trade route between Mali and Ghana and has always had strong ties with its West African neighbours. The country's Atlantic coast is made up of many beautiful sandy beaches. Some of the best are found at the beach resort of Assouinde where visitors can enjoy palm-lined beaches. Other popular beach areas include Grand Bassam and Bondoukou. In some areas the currents are very strong, so always check the local advice regarding sea swimming.
In Abdijan, the Museum of Cote d'Ivoire and the National Museum are great places to discover more about the country's history and culture. Modern Abidjan can be experienced in the Plateau Commercial Area while the heart and soul of the city can be found in the bars, restaurants and shops of the older Treichville area. The capital city is actually Yamoussoukro, which is a small town and home to the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, the largest building of Christian worship in the world.
Some of the major highlights of the country are its beautiful national parks including Comoe National Park, a UNESCO site which is home to a hugely diverse collection of plant species. The town of Man and its surrounding waterfalls are worth a visit especially for hikers who can attempt the nearby Mount Tonkiou.
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International flights into the Ivory Coast arrive at Abidjan (ABJ), serving the country’s capital...
There are no non-stop flights from the UK at present, so taking the connecting flights via Paris with Air France, Brussels with Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa via Frankfurt allow for regional departures in addition to London. Flying time is upwards of around nine to 10 hours.
Alternatives to the European connections are with Egyptair via Cairo and Emirates through Dubai.
The airport in Abidjan covers the south and the coast, while Ouango Fitini serves the national parks in the north...
Ivory Coast flights land at Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport (ABJ) in the country's largest city, Abidjan. Many hotels offer transfers to resorts whilst those visiting the city centre 10 miles from the airport should get a taxi. Always check your own FOC advice regarding travel to the Ivory Coast, particularly in relation to certain areas of the country as well as general advice.
Flights to Abidjan carry the bulk of traffic to the Ivory Coast, as travellers head from the city to the seaside resorts. An internal flight will take you north to Ouango Fitini Airport (OFI), which is close to the country’s nature reserves. For transport, you’ll need to rely on a handful of taxis, car hire or private vehicles for excursions.
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The Ivory Coast has been welcoming tourists for many years and new hotels pop up every year...
The Ivory Coast has a wave of new hotels, mainly concentrated around the capital, Abidjan, but you’ll still find plenty of resorts and decent hotels dotted around the country’s main tourist areas.
In Abidjan, a new hotel seems to spring up each month, and with increased competition comes more variety and cheaper tariffs. Heading north, you’ll find a reasonable selection of hotels close to the country’s parks and reserves.
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