Discover the cities of Benin


ABOMEY

Former capital of the kingdom of Dahomey (Danhome in fon language). This kingdom was founded around 1600. It was a remarkably organized military realm.

Royal Palaces of Abomey World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985, is a hotbed of history, vibrant culture and tourism of Benin. The collections of the royal house seats, bas-relief, statues and voodoo cultural objects.

COTONOU

Created on the initiative of the Kiing Ghézo of Abomey in 1830 essentially for needs related to the slave trade, Cotonou served as a transit point and boarding slaves. ocean gate of Benin (formerly Dahomey) which is the first city. The origin of Cotonou is related to the influence of the kings of Abomey on the Atlantic coast since the 18th century. This city is rooted in the field of the history of slavery and colonization. Today economic heart of the country is a developing city.

OUIDAH

Ouidah, also known under the name "Glehoue" (home field) was founded in the 16th century by King Kpassè, the city took off with the slave trade and colonial trade. Today it is famous both for its history as for the traditional religion known as the voodoo. The diversity of its attractions (historical museum, sacred forest, pythons temple, Slave Route) makes it a destination of choice.

GRAND POPO

Grand-Popo is a small impoverished town now attracts many tourists and visitors. This small town was once a large business center with port infrastructure. In the 17th century, many ships were in search of slaves and especially agricultural raw materials for European industries. The city was renowned for the dexterity of his boatmen helmsmen outstanding.

PARK PENDJARI

The Pendjari Park is part of the largest reserve of West Africa.

In the same geographical area as the W National Park, the Pendjari Park alone covers 480,000 hectares! Named biosphere reserve since 1986, hosts an extremely rich ecosystem with over 210 species recorded in the park: elephants, baboons, lions, hippos ...

NATITINGOU

Natitingou is named after the word "Nanto" which means "man crushes" in the local language Wama.

Formerly, according to legend, the mountain range that surrounds the area of ​​the east and west sides of the city of Natitingou was inhabited by spirits that some described fetishes

BOUKOMBE

Located 234 meters above sea level, the city of Boukoumbé is famous for its houses, which are tatas Sombas architectural treasures of Betamaribé.

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