Côte d'Ivoire attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Abidjan

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury

An absolute trove of African contemporary art, this cubical, 600-sq-metre gallery features the best of the continent's artists, from sculpture and painting to photography. Check the website for individual exhibition…
Historic Building in Abidjan

Hôtel Ivoire

Every middle-class Abidjani holds a dear memory of Hôtel Ivoire. Built in 1963 by Israeli architect Moshe Mayer, it was the place in town to go ice skating and see a movie (the cinema still stands, though the ice ri…
National Park in Côte d'Ivoire

Parc National de Taï

Parc National de Taï, a primary rainforest and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1982, is one of West Africa's largest reserves for wildlife. Visitors can enjoy hiking treks through the rainforest and witness the m…
Notable Building in Abidjan

La Pyramide

Some of the buildings of Le Plateau are as breathtaking up close as from a distance. La Pyramide, designed by the Italian architect Rinaldo Olivieri and built between 1970 and 1973, was the first daring structure an…
Church in Yamoussoukro


Yamoussoukro's spectacular basilica will leave you wide-eyed. Based on the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican and designed by Lebanese architect Pierre Fakhoury, it was constructed between 1985 and 1989, with Itali…
Notable Building in Yamoussoukro

Presidential Palace

The presidential palace, where Houphouët-Boigny is now buried, can only be seen from afar, but visitors come to see the sacred crocodiles that live in the lake on its southern side. The keeper tosses them some meat …
National Park in Abidjan

Parc du Banco

On the northwest edge of town is the cool and shaded Parc du Banco rainforest reserve. It has pleasant walking trails, majestic trees and a lake, but you'll be lucky to see any wildlife. Rangers are also on hand to …
Village in Man


This celebrated village is famous for its stilt dancing. It's found 110km north of Man.
Monument in Grand Bassam

Monument aux Morts

Erected in 1914 by the French, commemorating the victims of yellow fever. It is the work of Alfred Lenoir, a sculptor who dedicated much of his oeuvre to France's war memorials. In this, the poised figure of a woman…
Notable Building in Grand Bassam

Palais de Justice

The Palais de Justice should be your first stop on a walk through town. Built in 1910, it was in this building that members of Côte d'Ivoire's PDCI-RDA political group – that of the country's first president, Félix …