Abidjan is a spread out city made up of a handfull of 'districts" There is not alot to do here but a good place to start a walk (probably the only place) is Le Plateau. I would start at Laza De la Republique and head into the Tourist Information center in the Air Ivoire Building. From there walk up Blvd De la Republique. You will pass the flea market on the left hand side of the road and places to eat. It is a little bit of a grade but not bad..take some water with you. Stay on this road and you will pass the Stadium and it will evently curve around to the left leaving you at the Cathedrale St. Paul..the National museum is a short walk from the Cathedrale. You could make a day of this or at least half of one if you take your time. If you need city slicker cloths - this is the place to get them...you will probably even find a few tailors tucked away in the shops.
Abidjan is not a tourist meca, but there are a couple sites to visit on a bored Saturday while in the city. St. Paul Cathedral is one of them. This modern imposing Cathedral is one of the major landmarks in Abidjan. Built in honor of the Pope in 1985, the architecture is meant to symbolize the form of Jesus, though with hints of elephant tusks -- the symbol of Cote D'Ivoire.
The cathedral boasts some interesting stained glass work and some interesting grounds to walk around. Don't expect to be dazzled, but the cathedral is worth a visit.
Very near to the city there is Grand Bassam which was the capital in the time of "frenchs"
In the road to bassam you can find very interesting artisanat shops,wood carvings.
No need to say that bargaining is the "national sport "
Vridi beaches are very near to the city and you can reach there with busses from Plateau or Treichville.Difficult place to swim because the beaches are exposed to the Ocean.But anyway you can try it )))
Adjame, in the north of Abidjan is another quarter in the city .Here in a very small lake many professional laundry cleaners are washing the clothes of their customers. No detergents but only rocks and tyres.I dont know exactly if they clean the clothes or they make them more dirty...They are not so happy if you watch them for more than 2 minutes..
Although its difficult to undertsand the reason The Ivory Coast has two of the world's largest Catholic Cathedrals.only the 10 % of the citizens are Catholics .Maybe Catholics have good reasons for this investment but I am not able to understand it.
If you are traveling on buisness and at the Intercontinental hotel this is the Conference?exhibition hall attached and more than likely where exhibitions and meetings will be held the hotel has every amenity you could want
The problem with Cote d'Ivoire (IVO) is that it is used by many french as tourist gateaways. Meaning that if th french want to get some killer ans, they go here.
The result is that 99% f tourism commodity is beaches and resorts without any variety. Cosmopolitan people sld not waste money in here.
It is, must be admitted, that some resorts are quite beautiful. More expensive resorts can only be reached by boat (fun!) but once there, you will find no cables and entertainment whatsoever despite EUR 100 / night rates.
Pne resort is called 'African Paradise'. You can swim, canooing, sunbathing, yacthing in this area. Pretty cool.
I was lucky enough to visit a village on one of the Lagoons, I was treated like a king and offered to sit with the village elders and share a meal, we had Fish and a type of semolina or grated dried Plantain??
I entered the cathedral and was surprised. From the inside you have a great look at the the beautiful and colourfull windows, telling the stories of the bible. It was nice to see, that the people on the images have black faces.
You have to go inside the cathedral to see the bright colours. From the outside you can hardly imagine this brightness of the colours.
The St Paul Cathedral in Abidjan is a modern eye-catching cathedral. The cathedral is designed by an Italian architect and consecrated by the pope in 1985.
The cathedral is open for the public,everyday from 8 am till 7 pm.
Because I had to wait till the Musée National, where you can find wonderful art objects as statues, masks, pottery, bronze and ivory was closed during the lunch break, I visited in the meantime on my way to the museum this modern cathedral with its futurist shape. It was the St Pauls Cathedral.
When I had a closer look at the white building, I saw it was a minstery. I was very surprised, when I red the sign to see that this building was of the '' Minestère of la promotion de la femme", ministery of the promotion of the women.
I was especially curious about what the task of this ministery would be ...
Between the modern skyscrapers in the citycentre of Abidjan, you can also see buildings of another size and form.
These white buildings with two storeys looked more like the buildings, I was used to see in the West-African towns.
After travelling in the rural northern areas of Cote d' Ivoire and in the brousse, where the local people use mainly natural materials and colours, there couldn't be a bigger contrast with the architecture and use of materials in the citycentre of Abidjan.
At Le Plateau in the citycentre of Abidjan you see many modern buildings with the use of a lot of glass...