Ivory Coast, officially known as the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, has been one of the more prosperous and peaceful countries in the region. It has enjoyed close ties with the French who once held its political and economic reins as the colonial master. This friendly relationship did not change when Ivory Coast gained independence in 1960. The French invested on the country with beautiful infrastructure and other developments in Ivory Coast. This has made many expatriates spend long vacations or retire in the country.
Tourists going to see the wonder that is Ivory Coast won't be disappointed with the architecture of its capital. One of the highlights to see is the Cathedrale St Paul in Abidjan, which was designed with a post that somehow resembles the bowsprit of a ship. Apart from a supporting smaller post, it also has wires attached to it from the building. The interior of the church also does not disappoint with its marvellous stained glass. Those exploring Abidjan further will find La Pyramide, another fascinating sight to behold due to its shape and construction.
Another landmark worth visiting is the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, the largest church in the world. This controversial building is a taller replica of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, which can make one gasp at its size and beauty.
For those who want to learn more about the heritage of the country, a trip to Muséé Nacional is a must. The collections might not be as well maintained as its counterparts in other countries, but the contents of the museum can intrigue one about the history of Ivory Coast. There are various pieces of traditional arts and crafts, wooden statues and masks, as well as fine examples of pottery. Ivory and bronze relics are also abundant.
A trip to a new place won't be complete without shopping. Tourists will find various trinkets and other souvenirs in Marché de Treichville. The building might be too plain, but the wares sold here are available in huge quantities, which can make shopping fun, especially when knowledgeable about the local ways. Those looking for more options can also turn to Marché de Cocody, where one can explore the top floor for a memento to purchase and keep.
How to get around within Ivory Coast
Public transportation is rather slow and time consuming for everyone coming and going in the country. The buses, however, are more comfortable than minibuses and taxis. They also leave on time, making it easier to travel from different parts of the country.
Hiring a car is possible in Ivory Coast, but this is not advisable due to the poor condition of many roads. This makes it essential to rely on other modes of transport such as the train, which runs north between Abidjan, Bouaké, and Ferkéssédougou to Burkina Faso.
How to get there
Travellers going to Ivory Coast will most likely land on Port Bouet Airport in Abidjan. Airlines serving here are Air Algerié, Air Burkina, Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air France, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Camair-Co, Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines, Corsair International, Eagle Atlantic Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Mauritania Airlines International, Middle East Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Rwandair, Sénégal Airlines, Tunisair, and Turkish Airlines.
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