Welcome to Abidjan | Cote d'Ivoire travel
Abidjan is a major urban center in Cote d'Ivoire and one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa. It is also one of the only two autonomous districts (the other is Yamoussoukro). You will be fortunate to find an English-speaking indigene. Quick advice, ensure you carry a translator (e.g Duolingo) around if you are unable to communicate in French, else you will be paying multiple times the original prices for goods and services. Arriving Abidjan, I was blown away by the airport, but why not? It is far better than what I have in my home country, Nigeria.
There are skyscrapers overlooking the Ébrié Lagoon. Visible landmarks include the African Development Bank (AfDB), La Pyramide; a ziggurat-like building, St. Paul's Cathedral; a "swooping structure tethered to a massive cross" etc. Most of these structures are in Plateau. Driving into the region of Plateau, these shiny skyscrapers welcomed me.
Sincerely, I don't know who said this is worth seeing in Abidjan. It is a tourist trap!. Don't
Places to visit in Abidjan
In addition to the places listed in my previous post (here, here and here), I visited the St' Paul's Cathedral and Musee des Civilisations de Cote d’Ivoire.
1. St' Paul's Cathedral
This is reportedly one of the largest cathedrals in Africa. The architectural design is unbelievably stunning and the structure is curved. I understand that the building was designed to the specific aspirations of the ethnic people and this is evident by the stained glass windows which provide a local description of the Ivorian culture. Ensure you visit the Cathedral when it is opened to see the stained glass windows.
2. Museum in Abidjan
Before my trip. I researched all about the National museum in Abidjan and was extremely excited to be visiting. Unfortunately it was under renovation when I visited. I was so sad!.
The external architecture has an ancient feel but really beautiful. It represents an Akan royal court. Read all about the Akan people here . There are guides to explain each of the exhibits. In my case, I was showed pictures which I was far from been interested in. The museum also has a library. I look forward to returning there.
Final words on places to explore in Abidjan
The alluring city provides the whole nine yards of relaxation and tourism for an adventurous spirit. Ensure you carry sufficient money and avoid using the city cabs if you can. I can't wait to return to the country.
Travel tips to Abidjan
Carry sufficient cash. In my opinion, the country is not exactly cheap. Well, I'm a convenient traveller.
Stay around the Plateau area, if you can afford it. My next post will be on where to stay in Abidjan.
Take more of the local bus. Avoid taxis if you can. Those guys almost got my pocket burnt. Actually, they did.
Le Grand Large is my favourite restaurant in Abidjan. It is a tad bit expensive and they serve french cuisine
Carry a translator (e.g Duolingo)