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

What to visit Abidjan?

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.

How to go to Abidjan? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many organized trips are available to discover Côte d'Ivoire: discovery of Ivorian nature, observation of elephants and chimpanzees, solidarity trips, ecotourism trips, seaside resorts, combined, 4x4 tours, immersion trips with local populations... The offer is varied!

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You can quite easily go alone to Côte d'Ivoire. It is advisable to book your flight tickets and accommodation in advance. This will make your trip much easier. If Côte d'Ivoire is a safe country overall, do not forget that it is a relatively poor country and where your wealth can attract envy: be vigilant. Being accompanied by a local guide can be useful, especially to "face" African trails.

The discovery of the country is mainly done by private vehicle (standard or 4x4) or by public transport (bus, gbaka, bush taxi). Locally, it is also possible to use motorized or non-motorized two-wheelers (and yet rather discouraged if one takes into account the road conditions and driving habits of many Ivorians), pinnace, pirogue, or simply on foot.

Prepare for your trip Abidjan

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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Practical information
When to travel?

When to go to Côte d'Ivoire and stay in Abidjan? As in many West African countries, the tourist season extends from...
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Weather forecast

Abidjan has a sub-equatorial, hot and humid climate, with an average temperature of 27°C and an average humidity lev...
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Budget

The currency is the West African franc (FCFA). It is better to know, the lack of money is a real plague in Côte d'Iv...
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Formalities

In addition to a passport that is still valid for a minimum period of six months after the date of return, a biometri...
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Health

Plan treatment against malaria, get vaccinated against yellow fever (vaccination is mandatory). Vaccines against teta...
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How to travel by yourself?

You can quite easily go alone to Côte d'Ivoire. It is advisable to book your flight tickets and accommodation in adv...
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How to get organized?

Many organized trips are available to discover Côte d'Ivoire: discovery of Ivorian nature, observation of elephants...
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Getting around

The discovery of the country is mainly done by private vehicle (standard or 4x4) or by public transport (bus, gbaka,...
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