Reasons To Visit Cotonou
Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. It's situated along the coast of the country and known especially for its beautiful French colonial architecture. Perhaps the most famous architectural landmark in the city is Cotonou Cathedral, although there are plenty of other examples of the country’s colonial past. The city’s coastal location also makes it an ideal place for sea-based activities, so you can spend your days fishing and sailing or relaxing on the beach instead. Cotonou is also well known for being the home of the sprawling Dantokpa Market, the largest open-air market in Africa selling almost everything imaginable.
Arriving In Cotonou
Cotonou Airport, also known as Cadjehoun Airport, is situated just 2 km away from the city of Cotonou and handles a range of international flights. If you are looking to book flights from the UAE to Cotonou you won’t find any direct flights available, but the airport has extensive connections in the region so it is easily possible to make the journey with only one transfer.
Cotonou Airport is housed within a single passenger terminal and offers all of the amenities and facilities you would need. Alongside a couple of cafés and eateries, you can find a few shops to pick up some travel basics before your journey. There is also a business class lounge available where you can wait for your flights in luxury and enjoy amenities like Wi-Fi access. When your flight has arrived at the airport, the most convenient way to reach your destination is to get in a taxi just outside of the terminal.
Cotonou Travel Information
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As a UAE national flying to Benin, you will be able to obtain a visa upon arrival which is valid for a brief period of up to eight days. In Cotonou temperatures are relatively consistent across the year with average highs of 28 to 32 degrees, with the hottest period coming between December to May. There are a couple of rainy seasons in the region from April to July and September to October, while the driest time of year is from November until March. At Cotonou Airport there are a number of car rental agencies available on site, so you can conveniently get hold of a vehicle as soon as you have arrived in the country. In Benin the currency you will need is the West African CFA franc, while you will need to put your clocks back by three hours to get on local time.
* This information is correct as of March 2018
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