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The beaches of Grand-Bassam

Grand-Bassam is a seaside resort close to the city of Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. It is known for its popular palm-fringed beach, which stretches along the Atlantic coast. The old town, which dates back to the French colonial era and was once the country's capital, is home to many ruined houses from the 19th and 20th centuries. Traditional dresses are on display in a former governor's palace, the Musée National du Costume.

The beaches of Assinie

The beaches of Assinie are renowned for the beauty of their scenery and the quality of their hotels. Very popular with the local population, they welcome many tourists and visitors every weekend or on holiday, who come here to spend pleasant moments with family or friends. Assinie, the jewel in the crown of the Ivorian tourist industry, is located around 80 km from Abidjan in the south-east of the country, and is one of the must-visit places in Eburné. The marvelous sight of its sun-drenched banks, straddling the lagoon and the ocean, is a real call to discovery, relaxation and idleness. Lovers of water sports can indulge in all kinds of games (jet skiing, towed buoys, etc.), while the more lazy can bask in the shade of the tall coconut trees along the marvelous beaches of Assinie Mafia and Assouindé Beach. Located in the village of Mafia, the "ANIABA" museum in Assinie is a place of pilgrimage for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the cultural wealth of the N'ZIMA heritage. Here you'll find the Assinie Mafia Museum, with its many relics of the past, as well as costumes, ornaments and traditional objects, and a guide who will take you through the history of the peninsula.

The town of Yamoussoukro and the world's largest basilica

Yamoussoukro is the capital of Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa. It lies inland to the north-west of the country's economic and cultural center, the coastal city of Abidjan. The city is famous for the imposing Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix basilica in Yamoussoukro, with its stained glass windows and dome dominating the building. The town is the birthplace of President Félix Houphouët- Boigny, the first President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire from 1960 to 1993, whose former palace boasted a lagoon full of crocodiles.

The Banco National Park

Transformed into a national park in 1953, the Banco is a 3474-hectare forest massif. It is a dense forest with trails where the leaves intertwine to give the impression of a tunnel. An incursion into this place will allow you to discover its wonders and its hidden face.

The Côte d'Ivoire Museum of Civilisation

This museum is located in Abidjan, in the commune of Plateau to be precise. The Musée des Civilisations de Côte d'Ivoire was originally a craft center created by the colonial administration. Hubert Deschamps, who was Governor at the time, created the center in 1942 with the aim of showcasing handicrafts and conserving the best samples of them. It is open to the general public from Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 6.30pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm without interruption.

Ecotourism on the Bini estate

The Bini estate is a 70-hectare ecological site just 30 minutes from Abidjan. Say goodbye to stress and make way for nature! On the programme: hiking and zip-lining for the sporty types. Clay baths, relaxation and a siesta for those who prefer to rest. You'll be welcomed by a warm and enthusiastic team, who will be delighted to guide you on this day of discovery. Discover the natural resources of the estate in complete safety, an ideal place to recharge your batteries.

The Abidjan craft center (cava)

In this center you will find batiks, canvases typical of the northern region of Côte d'Ivoire, loincloths, jewelry and paintings. These items come from all over Côte d'Ivoire, as well as from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. Each vendor has his own specialty. You can watch some of the craftsmen at work. There are even small restaurants called "maquis" in the center of the market, serving African-style breakfasts and lunches. CAVA is located on the lane parallel to rue du Canal, between boulevard VGE and rue Clément-Ader. Opening times: Open every day of the week and public holidays, from 7am to 6pm.

Tourist attractions in Bingerville/ the botanical garden

BINGERVILLE lies on the outskirts of Abidjan, 18 km to the east, and is part of the Abidjan urban area. It is famous for its status as the 2nd capital of Côte d'Ivoire (1900-1934) after Bassam and before Abidjan. The botanical garden is an enchanting and seductive site that attracts all lovers of simplicity and nature. With a surface area of over 54 hectares, it is home to trees over 100 years old, notably the oil palm. There are also crops such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, asparagus and potatoes. You'll also come across a number of animals, including gazelles, snakes, antelopes and agoutis.

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