5 days in Benin Itinerary

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Cotonou — 2 nights

Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jammin as well as Code Bar. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquee de Zongo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cotonou Cathedral, then get outside with Fidjrosse Beach, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Code Bar. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Etoile Rouge, make a trip to Fondation Zinsou, then view the masterpieces at Artisanal Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Obama Beach, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Jammin.

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Lagos, Nigeria to Cotonou is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ouidah.
Nightlife · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Ouidah — 2 nights

Ouidah, historically also called Whydah, Juda, Juida by the French and Ajudá by the Portuguese, formally the Kingdom of Whydah (so named for the Whydah Bird of Paradise), is a city on the coast of the Republic of Benin. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of La Porte Du Non Retour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Foret Sacree de Kpasse, examine the collection at Ouidah Museum of History, and then make a trip to Temple des Pythons.

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Traveling by car from Cotonou to Ouidah takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Benin travel guide

Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.