While Abidjan is not the tourist Mecca of Cote d’Ivoire, it still offers you many opportunities to experience the local culture and cuisine and discover authentic places and experiences. All it takes is an interest to learn and explore:
The historic town of Grand Bassam was the first capital of CI. There are a few remaining colonial homes that take you back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the closest beaches to Abidjan are here and there are some hotels and restaurants people can choose from to spend a quick afternoon.
This is a place to go if you want to explore local craftsmanship and acquire something to remember about Abidjan. From spices, textiles, masks, pottery, jewelry, artwork, you name it and they probably have it. It also offers competitive prices and you can bargain with the sellers.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is located in the Plateau district of Abidjan. The Cathedral, designed by architect Aldo Spirito, serves as the mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan. The first stone of the Cathedral was consecrated on May 11, 1980, by Pope John Paul II during his first pastoral visit to Côte d’Ivoire. Plateau is also a district with many shops. Overall it is a busy district with tall buildings and offices, but it also offers interesting architecture and plenty of restaurants and cafes to explore.
4. Jardin botanique de Bingerville
Take a stroll in this garden and discover different species of trees, plants, insects, and reptiles native to the Ivory Coast. It’s about 18 km from the guesthouse making it ideal for a short day trip on your day off.
5. National Park of Banco
If you are a nature lover and enjoy walking or hiking, you may want to pay a visit here. The park has several species of birds and if you are lucky monkeys and chimpanzees can be seen from time to time. There are short and long trails available and is best to take a guide to avoid getting lost. Also about 18 km or 30 minutes from Gaia’s Garden.