Top things to do

Religious in Grand Bassam

Fête de l'Abissa

This week-long ceremony honouring the dead offers a great opportunity to witness local traditions.
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 …
Museum in Grand Bassam

Musée National du Costume

This museum, located in the former governor's palace, has a nice little exhibit showing the clothing styles of various ethnic groups and a photographic account of the city's (and the country's) time under colonial F…
Gallery in Grand Bassam

Nick Amon's Art Gallery

One of Côte d'Ivoire's most respected contemporary artists, Amon will greet you with paint-splattered clothing and a warm smile. His canvases start at around CFA50,000; profits go to an organisation that offers art …
Market in Grand Bassam


The town market has food and souvenirs to pick from. You can find fruit and vegetables, meat, smoked fish, nuts and tons of clothing, fabrics and jewellery.
African in Grand Bassam

Drogba Beach

A nice and simple maquis on the beach, popular with local families at the weekends. Rustic Ivoirian food is served at the simple wooden terrace.
Landmark in Grand Bassam

Cathédrale du Sacré Coeur

Built in 1982, this cathedral boasts no special features but is useful as a landmark when finding your way around town.
Landmark in Grand Bassam


Grand Bassam's Town Hall is a useful landmark when finding your way around.
Bridge in Grand Bassam

Pont de la Victoire

Crosses the Ébrie Lagoon, connecting the beach area with the mainland.