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The Colonial Round Tour

Country: Cote D'Ivoire
City: Grand Bassam
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

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Departure for a day discovery of the colonial vestiges of the Ivory Coast arrived in Bingerville, second colonial capital (1900-1934), visit of the Art Museum "Charles Combes" and the National School of Applied Sciences, the Governor's Palace became Orphanage and the Botanical Garden. Continuation to Grand Bassam, the first capital of the French colony (1893-1900) arrival and visit of the Artisanal Center, the Ceramic Center, the old buildings, vestiges of the colonial footprint, the Monument to the victims of yellow fever, and the Museum Traditional costumes formerly Governor's Palace lunch in a restaurant by the sea.

Afternoon, relax at the beach and shop at the souvenir market. Return to Abidjan at the end of the day.

Explore More About Tourism in Abidjan:

Abidjan is a unique city in Africa. Its nicknames, such as "Manhattan of the tropics", "Small Manhattan" or "Pearl of the lagoons", explain the city's unpredictable and triumphant image. With its accommodation facilities – such as the Golf Hôtel – and sporting facilities, its lively nightlife, transport and communication lines as well as its impressiveness, it is the perfect city for business tourism.

Abidjan also has beaches around the lagoon, with palm and coconut trees, in the Vridi area, which are very popular at weekends with the picturesque sight of the pineapple and coconut sellers. Nevertheless, the rip-tides which affect practically the whole of the Gulf of Guinea's coast, means that in this area swimming is not usually allowed. Generally, in Cote d'Ivoire, tourism has never really been developed as an economic industry; the country is not much of a common holiday destination.

Parc du Banco (Banco National Park)

Converted in 1926, this park has 3,000 hectares and ancient "sacred wood" lies at the entrance to the city, in the Attécoubé community, which has been conserved as a relic of the first forest that surrounded the lagoon in the past. A tarmaced road goes straight to the lake at the heart of the park and trails go throughout it. The park is inhabited and there are coffee and cocoa plantations.

At the edge of the park, a small river serves as a washhouse where the fanicos, laundrymen, work after collecting the laundry from the whole of the city. It is one of the 'small jobs' which exist in Abidjan.

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