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Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa. A tour of Cotonou leads to numerous restaurants serving delicious local dishes, diverse cultural and religious institutions, and great bazaars of handicrafts and goods of all sorts. Do your sightseeing in Cotonou on motorcycle-taxis, or zemidjans, which lead to the stadium, temples, ancient bridge, and Benin's largest and most productive marketplace. Use our Benin holiday planner to arrange the details of your trip to Cotonou and other destinations.
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As a transportation hub and crossroads between Africa's inland countries and the coast, Cotonou offers sleeping options for every budget, from affordable hostels to luxurious hotels. Budget travelers can explore some of the least expensive alternatives scattered around the city, particularly in the area of Fidjrosse Kpota. Most tourists opt for economical lodgings, which provide cozy air-conditioned rooms, private parking, cable TV, and easy access to eateries serving Lebanese, African, and European dishes.
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