7 days in Benin Itinerary

7 days in Benin Itinerary

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7 days in Benin Itinerary

Cotonou
Drive:  1​h
Ouidah
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Abomey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Porto-Novo
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
Cotonou

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Ouidah

Ouidah ©
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Porte du non retour, then see the interesting displays at Ouidah Museum of History, and then don't miss a visit to Temple des Pythons.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouidah tour app .

Cotonou to Ouidah is an approximately 1-hour car ride. April in Ouidah sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Abomey.

Things to do in Ouidah

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Temple des Pythons ©
Temple des Pythons
Porte du non retour ©
Porte du non retour
Ouidah Museum of History ©
Ouidah Museum of History

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Abomey

Abomey ©
Abomey is a city in the Zou Department of Benin. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): Head underground at Village Souterrain d'Agongointo, stop by Tout Va Bien, and then don't miss a visit to Royal Palaces of Abomey.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Abomey route planning site .

You can drive from Ouidah to Abomey in 2 hours. In April in Abomey, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Porto-Novo.

Things to do in Abomey

#Nature, #Shopping, #Parks

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Village Souterrain d'Agongointo ©
Village Souterrain d'Agongointo
Royal Palaces of Abomey ©
Royal Palaces of Abomey

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Porto-Novo

Porto-Novo ©
Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto-Novo: Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie) and Cotonou (Fondation Zinsou, Bab's Dock, & more). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National de la Pendjari. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Musee Honme (Palais Royal), don't miss a visit to Jardin Place Jean Bayol, and take an in-depth tour of da Silva Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Porto-Novo trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Abomey to Porto-Novo takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Abomey in April, you will find days in Porto-Novo are little chillier (37°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Porto-Novo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cotonou, Lac Nokoue, Pendjari National Park
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Pendjari National Park ©
Pendjari National Park
Bab's Dock ©
Bab's Dock
Fondation Zinsou ©
Fondation Zinsou