Cotonou is the first city in Benin. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, not Cotonou, but Cotonou is virtually like the capital and functions as an economic center. Cotonou means “estuary of the river of death” in Fon. It was named this way because it was once a prosperous area of the slave trade. The city is always lively and has a large number of shops, making it a popular destination for tourists.
Cotonou is a city located in the southern part of Benin.
Benin was originally settled by the Fon people, but in modern times it will be invaded by Portugal. Benin developed through the slave trade with European merchants. Although it became a French colony in the late 1800s, Benin became independent in 1960, making it the center of Benin.
Cotonou belongs to the savanna climate. Temperatures range from 25 ° C to 33 ° C throughout the year.
French is the official language in Benin. Other languages such as Fon and Yoruba are used.
Cotonou is a lively city, but going out at night is very dangerous. Please avoid going out at night to protect yourself. At night, security deteriorates and crimes occur frequently. Please be careful as many robbery cases will occur.
There are many Fon, Yoruba, and Aja people living in Benin. There are many other ethnic minorities. In recent years, immigrants from Nigeria and Togo have also increased.
Cotonou is developing the brewing, textile and cement industries. There are also many automobile factories. Cotonou also has a port, so trade is very active.
Over 40% of Benin is made up of Christians. Others include Muslims.
West African CFA francs are used in Benin.
Sightseeing spot 1 : Ganhi
It is an area where many shops are lined up in the commercial area of Cotonou. Various items such as supermarkets, markets, and folk craft shops are on sale.
Sightseeing spot 2 : Centre de Promotion de l’Artisanal
A place where you can find all kinds of Benin crafts and souvenirs. Musical instruments, sculptures, cast products. It is an area where many items such as postcards and key chains are sold.
Sightseeing spot 3 : Mini Zoo
A zoo in Cotonou. Snakes, crocodiles, pigs, monkeys and marabou storks are bred. The park is small and it doesn’t take long to look around.
Sightseeing spot 4 : Fidjrosse
Cotonou beach. Many Benin people are visiting and relaxing. But the waves are so high that it is dangerous to swim. Hotels and restaurants are also nearby.
Cotonou has plenty of accommodation. The nearest airport is Kajefoun Airport. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.