Benin Travel Guides for Backpackers

Essential travel guide Cotonou – the unofficial capital of Benin

Cotonou or as it was originally known, ‘Kotònu’ is the largest city of the West African country of the Republic of Benin. An unconventional travel destination, Cotonou is, in fact, the gateway to discovering Benin, and its history of powerful empires, tumultuous changes and the contemporary melting pot that now exists.  sits on the mouth of the river. Cotonou’s location at the mouth of a river opening onto the Atlantic Ocean is the very reason for its existence and allows the city to connect much of land-locked West Africa to trade with the outside world. History In 1830, having already […]
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