In the south of the countryCôte d'Ivoire, on the edge of the Gulf of Guinea and bathed by the Ebrié lagoon, Abidjan is a modern city, with its skyscrapers and popular districts. The economic and cultural capital of Côte d'Ivoire, it is an African metropolis of 4.7 million inhabitants, built under the "reign" of Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1905-1993). Known as a destination for modern hotels such as the Golf Hotel or the emblematic Hôtel Ivoire, Abidjan is a very popular city for business tourism. Abidjan offers its beaches, palm trees and coconut trees, on the lagoon strip of the Vridi district, which is very popular on weekends for the wealthy class, tourists and small vendors of pineapple and coconut. Abidjan has a vibrant nightlife, around the Milles Maquis, Zone 4 in Marcory, the II-Plateaux and Angre in Cocody, not to mention the rue Princesse and Niangon in Yopougon. And all day long, we feast in the maquis of the city, especially in the embassy district. Abidjan is home to several remarkable buildings, including the Treichville, Cocody and Plateau mosques, Saint Paul's Cathedrals, and the Marian Sanctuary (Attecoube). Don't leave without your travel guide. We visit the musée d'Art contemporainde Cocody, the National Museum rich in an Ivorian art collection, not to mention the Centre artisanal de la ville d'Abidjan (CAVA) in Treicheville where we can stock up on boubous and souvenirs. You can also discover the Banco National Park, an ancient "sacred wood" at the gates of the city, a remnant of the primary forest that once surrounded the entire lagoon
When to go to Abidjan?
When to go to Côte d'Ivoire and stay in Abidjan? As in many West African countries, the tourist season extends from December to April (high dry season). Apart from some regional variations, during these 5 months, the climate is dry and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C. From April to July, it is the main rainy season, which sees an increase in temperatures and abundant rainfall; this period is therefore rather to be avoided, as showers, often torrential, make the trails impractical, thus penalizing tourism in some parts of the country (especially in the north and west). The ideal climatic period to undertake a trip therefore remains that which covers the months of December to April; however, the period from July to September, which is more balanced in terms of temperature and precipitation, will be recommended to discover another green and humid face of the country's Sahelian regions (north, east). At this time of year, the landscapes are indeed of great beauty, because the earth, after the great rainy season, is covered with a mantle of lush vegetation that contrasts sharply with the dusty dryness in effect the rest of the time.
Abidjan attracts film lovers by scheduling several festivals: the Clap-Ivoire Festival, the Spanish Film Festival, FESNACI, the Short Film Festival (FICA), the Abidjan Israeli Film Festival, etc.