One Week

Spend three days exploring Abidjan and its restaurants, live-music venues and sights. Head east to arty Grand Bassam and explore the town centre and its colonial past for a couple of days, and another two days in enchanting Assinie, where you can take to the sea and the surf.

Two Weeks

With an extra week you can throw in the charms of Sassandra and San Pédro for three days, taking the time to enjoy the slow pace of life here and the beautiful beaches. Go on to explore Parc National de Taï for at least three days, seeing the beautiful, dense rainforest and watching the chimpanzees crack nuts. Alternatively, you could head north from Abidjan to Yamoussoukro for a day, and see the magnificent and bizarre basilica, and on to Man, where you can stay for three to four days to hike two of the local mountains.