A land of contrasts is to be found in Abidjan, nicknamed the "Manhattan of the tropics". It is a place of many extremes: modernity and tradition, urban and wild, glass and earth. As the economic capital of Ivory Coast, Abidjan is one of those cities that captivates with its architectural and cultural diversity.
You will be spellbound by the avant-garde Plateau, the economic heart of the country, where the buildings rub shoulders with the sweetness of the Ebrié lagoon. A throbbing vibe that takes you aback, so marked is the contrast with the bustle of the city's most traditional neighborhoods, like Adjamé and its buzzing shopping streets, or the very pretty Cocody. When your senses need a break, nothing can beat a glass of something in a "maquis" - a sort of snack bar found on every street corner!
Although the city is renowned for being the liveliest in all of Africa, it takes the time to promote its heritage with its many museums, like the Museum of Civilization and the National Museum. While the first pays tribute to all the communities who live in Ivory Coast, the second is exclusively dedicated to traditional art. With this in mind, it's impossible to ignore the architecturally daring cathedral of Saint-Paul, whose imposing dimensions and futuristic lines cannot fail to move the visitor.
This cultural heritage appears alongside a breathtaking environmental richness, with, most notably, the Banco National Park. This nature reserve, full of refreshing springs and lush vegetation, will surprise you with the religious ceremonies that sometimes take place there, sure to give your visit a touch of mysticism.