Yamoussoukro is the capital of Ivory Coast. Although it is the capital city, it has a very strong position as an administrative city. However, Yamoussoukro has as many tourist spots as Abidjan, and it is a spot with many highlights.
Yamoussoukro is a city located in the central part of Ivory Coast.
Yamoussoukro was actually a completely undeveloped area until modern times. It remained unrecognized until explored by the French around 1887. It was colonized in 1900 and named Yamoussoukro. A garrison of the French army was placed in this area, and it became a military base. Côte d’Ivoire became independent from France in 1960 and the capital was moved from Abidjan to Yamoussoukro in 1983.
Yamoussoukro belongs to the savannah climate. Temperatures range from 20°C to 33°C throughout the year.
Official language is French. Other indigenous languages are spoken, such as Jura, Senufo, and Yakuba.
Yamoussoukro is not very safe. Because the security of the entire Cote d’Ivoire is not so good. In Japan, there are many robberies that illegally steal money and goods targeting the wealthy. Tourists are also easy targets, so you need to be light.
Yamoussoukro is not as economically developed as Abidjan, and overall industry remains underdeveloped. On the other hand, however, the tourist industry is developing because there are many historical buildings and natural parks.
Côte d’Ivoire is a multi-ethnic country with more than 50 ethnic groups. So many tribes live there.
Muslims make up 40% of the population in Côte d’Ivoire. In addition, Christians account for over 30%.
Ivory Coast uses the CFA franc.
Sightseeing Spot 1 : The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
Yamoussoukro is home to what is said to be the largest church in the world. Many people visit because of the gorgeous stained glass inside and guided tours.
Sightseeing Spot 2 : Palais Presidentiel
Former President Félix Houphouet-Boigny lived in this mansion. You can freely see the moat outside. Advance reservations are required to enter.
Sightseeing Spot 3 : Grande Mosquee
Yamoussoukro is also known for its huge mosque. It is a place where many Muslims pray and is not allowed inside. Only Muslims can enter.
Sightseeing Spot 4 : Abokouamekro Reserve
It is a nature reserve in Yamoussoukro. Nature is spreading. It is also a great photo spot due to its spectacular scenery.
Yamoussoukro has plenty of accommodation options. The nearest airport is Yamoussoukro. You can book flights and accommodation from the link below. Other languages are also supported.