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Cotonou is one of those pleasant, laid-back cities of Benin that really deserves the time out to be explored. Apart from boasting the essence of Benin's beautiful culture and traditions, the city offers some amazing attractions that one must visit if seeking to unravel this extraordinary country of West Africa. Even though it is not the capital city, it’s the nerve centre of all economic activity as well as population concentration of Benin. Cotonou is home to the engaging fetish market offering an amazing insight into the predominant practice of Voodoo that Benin prides in. The city also boasts some stunning architectural edifices that are definitely a must see. Among these includes the Notre Dame de Apotres, a stunning Catholic Cathedral centred in Cotonou. The city is also great for indulging in a happening nightlife, soaking up one's taste buds in Benin's scrumptious cuisine and exploring Africa's arts and crafts at the famed gallery of Fondation Zinsou. The nightlife follows a traditional flare of community’s social culture and style. Being located on the coastline, the city also offers some great beaches for a fantastic time, hosting numerous bars and outdoor cafes for facilitating local seafood cuisine among the palms and local fishing villages.
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At present, there are no direct flights heading to the city of Cotonou from London. All the major airlines depart to Cotonou with one or more stopover destination.
Cadjehoun Airport, the main airport serving Benin is located only a short distance west of the city centre.
Average travel time taken to Cotonou from London is 9 hours 15 minutes including stopovers.
Taxi stands are readily available and are a convenient mode of travelling to the city from the airport. National Car Rental companies are also available at Cotonou airport.
One of the main modes of travelling around Cotonou is by using the Taxis. These are readily available at main taxi platforms. However one of the fastest and cheapest ways of travelling around Cotonou is by using the motorcycle taxis which are predominantly known as zemidjans in the local language. An alternative for taxis are minibuses for shared commute. If seeking to travel beyond Cotonou, there are two main options, the train and the bus. The central bus station connects Cotonou to other cities of Benin while the train is also a more convenient option that connects to the northern parts of the country.
Most of the hotel accommodation options in Cotonou include well-maintained, luxury hotels that offer all the modern amenities. Most of the main hotels that are located a short distance from the airport and offer outdoor pools and a restaurant that specializes in authentic local and international cuisines. Some hotels also offer quality spa services to its valued customers. Budget hotels are concentrated in the downtown area, focused on providing standard rooms with room service. Resort hotels are established near the coast to cater for the tourist community visiting the city.