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An African Beauty: Abidjan
An African Beauty: Abidjan
ABIDJAN IS ONE OF WEST AFRICA’S LEADING COMMERCIAL CAPITALS. ITS INTENSIVE TRADE AND ECONOMY BRING IN A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TOURISM AS WELL.
The city’s magnificent ocean shores literally beckon you to a fairy-tale vacation. Here are four dream experiences you can make come true in Abidjan.
PARC DU BANCO
A fine example Africa’s famous tropical rain forests, Banco National Park is one of Abidjan’s most bustling social and commercial centers today. If it suits you, take a pleasant break from shopping and touristing in Parc du Banco, where you can also find a variety of local products. You can barbecue here in the open air or sample the gourmet fare in the many different restaurants.
The lagoons at the spots where the Atlantic’s blue waters caress the shore are one of the most prominent features of Abidjan and the Ivory Coast. Enveloped in the heady sea scent and surrounded by a splendid landscape, you will leave the whole world behind and experience a natural wonder on a boat tour of these lagoons.
You can find all the familiar world brand products easily at Le Plateau with its brightly-lit shops and modern shopping centers. The tantalizing aroma of freshly brewed African coffee and tasty aperitifs await you in the French-style cafes. With its modern, European-style architecture, Le Plateau is sure to catch your attention.
Boasting luxury lifestyles and sumptuous villas surrounded by fashionable gardens, Cocody is Abidjan’s elite district. The Presidential Tower and deluxe hotels are its icons, and its top-flight shopping centers are correspondingly chic.
St. Paul’s Cathedral and La Pyramide, an enormous pyramid-shaped business center, are among Abidjan’s architectural landmarks.
SHOPPING AND CULTURE
From local handicrafts and exotic cosmetics to Parisian restaurants and the National Museum and Museum of Modern Art, a vibrant culture and rich world of shopping make Abidjan irresistible.