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Cote D Ivoire boats of glorious past and beautiful landscape

By Carlton Leisure - 31/12/2014

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Decked with beaches and rainforests, Cote D Ivoire is one of the most interesting countries in West Africa. Surrounded by countries like Ghana to the east, Liberia to the west, Guinea to the northwest, Mali to the north, and Burkina Faso to the northeast; the country stuns travellers with its beautiful attractions. Whether you are taking a stroll on its sandy beaches, forest roads or traversing through its peaks and valleys every experience will be one of a kind. The country known for its cocoa plantation has several things to explore. Here we turn a spotlight on major draw cards of the country.

Abidjan

Abidjan is the economic heart of the country and gateway to most of the tours to the country. Not a surprise, a large number of travellers love flying to Abidjan in order to explore this country. At first glance you might not believe that this city is situated in an African country. The city went under gloom during 2011 crisis but now opening up of new bistros and bars suggests that the city is fast regaining its reputation as economic and commercial hub of the country.

Grand Bassam

Bassam has served as the Cote d'Ivoire's former French capital; later the French shifted their capital when a yellow fever epidemic broke out. Remains of its artistic buildings are still present. On your visit to the city you will come across several colonial buildings.

Assinie

Despite being small in size Assinie is quite popular among weekenders from Abidjan. People from Abidjan visit Assine on weekends to take a break from their day to day life. The place is actually a combination of three villages that include Assinie village, Assinie Mafia and Assouindé. The place is highly popular among surfers and beach lovers.

San Pedro

San pedro ideally combines beach fun with great trekking experience as it is flanked by sea coasts and Parc National de Taï. The place also acts as a base for an overnight trip to Liberia via Tabou.

Cathedrale St Paul

Cathedrale St Paul is one of most popular religious sites in Cote D ivoire. The cathedral designed by the Italian architect Aldo Spiritom, is well known for its innovative and modern design. Beside its religious importance, the cathedral is well known for its magnificent architecture.

Man

Green peaks and valleys of the Man has always been a favourite among travellers who want a change from the hustle and bustle of the city. With cooler air and muddier landscape, the place makes a perfect place for hiking. Situated in the heart of town, Tankari Gallery and Jacky Gallery are perfect destinations for art lovers.