Top 5 Must Do's in AbidjanEdit This
As the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan was originally considered a fishing
village on the coast. In fact there are still hundreds of thousands of fish
caught commercial each year. Since its inception as the capital, the city has
become a commercial trading center of goods thanks to the Vridi
Canal, which connects Abidjan
to the Atlantic Ocean. The city is vast and there
are numerous points of interest to explore in and around Abidjan, here are the top 5 must do’s when in
This is a must for anyone visiting the city who is interested in a little history and good architecture. In honor of the Pope in 1985, the cathedral was built by incorporating the likeness of Jesus and elephant tusks which are known as the symbol of Côte d'Ivoire. Saint Paul features tremendously intricate stained glass windows, and is a great way to spend a quiet afternoon.
2. Take a Boat Ride
Rent a boat in Abidjan and explore the water channels-or lagoons- that are inland, but connected to the ocean. With over 16 lagoons to cruise through, there are plenty sightseeing opportunities to be had from the boat, such as a 16 person plane that was turned into a children’s library.
3. Explore the Countryside
Right outside the bustling city are roads carved into the bright clay soil. The roads are a little rough and should only be attempted in decent weather, but on sunny days the area is very distinct in its rough, raw state. Both vegetation and dry desert like land co-inhabit the area, making it a neat place to stop for a picnic too.
4. Visit the Markets
Both the Treichville market and the Marcory market feature many different kinds of goods created by the multiple ethnic groups living in and around the city. You can find fresh made foods and locally made clothing among other varieties of crafts and services to be had. Expect to get great deals on fresh picked tomatoes and lettuce, and don’t be surprised if you hear everyone around you bartering and bargaining.
5. Spend Some Time at the Musée des Civilisations
Learn more about how locals live their lives. See furniture, musical instruments, statues and artwork that were designed to help depict Africa in its true sense. A botanical garden along with the main exhibition halls offer a great way to work off breakfast.