Probably founded in the early 17th century, it soon became the capital of the kingdom of Abomey, which dominated production and trade with the European enterprises on the Slave Coast until the late 19th century. The town is located in an area where palm nuts and peanuts are grown it is connected by road and rail to Cotonou, the country’s main commercial centre, and to Porto Novo, the capital. The royal palaces, the tombs of the kings, and a historical museum are maintained in Abomey the royal palaces were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. Abomey, 144 kms northwest of Cotonou, was the capital ... More
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Cotonou is the largest city in Benin and the country's primary port of entry for visitors. The city is located on the country's coastline, in the south. It is situated along the Gulf of Guinea. Cotonou is Benin's capital in everything but name: a vibrant, bustling, full on city, and very much the economic engine of Benin. As a first port of call, it can be a little overwhelming, but life can be sweet in Cotonou, with good nightlife, great restaurants and excellent shopping ideal for end of trip souvenirs. It's also the most cosmopolitan and Western place in the country, which means a slightl... More
Porto Novo is the capital of Benin. Benin’s second largest city of approximately 250000 people is a nice change of pace from the bustling Cotonou and has many nice features. It is an easy one hour car ride from Cotonou, and only 20 minutes from the beach. Porto Novo, named by the Portuguese in the 1500s, is still today showing significant Portuguese influence. For its size, Porto Novo has quite of bit of culture and tourist attractions. Nestling on the shores of Lake Nokoue, Porto Novo is Benin's unlikely capital. Its leafy streets, wonderful colonial architecture, unperturbed pace and interesting museu... More