In case you intend to visit the African nation of Benin for the first time, and are looking for information about places of interest you can visit, then you’ve come to the right place. Benin is a small country when you compare it to giants like Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal. Its people are very keen on their cultural and guard their way of life jealously.
You will find about four amazing landmarks in the country that are a must-see and are listed in the country’s travel guide. But for the more adventurous traveller willing to venture deep inside the country, there are many other surprises. Here are the four amazing places to visit in Benin.
1. Place de L’Etole Rouge
With the English translation, Red Star Place, Place de L’Etole Rouge resembles a rotunda and is situated in Cotonou city. This is a memorial going back to the Marxist period of Benin, and it is the most significant monument of its kind in the whole country. Built in 1975, by the autocratic leader of the period, General Mathieu Kerekou, the memorial awes both locals and visitors alike. The general was a staunch follower of Marxism-Leninism ideology and was keen to preach the doctrine to his citizens and spent millions of the states’ finances to erect the monument.
2. Museum Da Silva
Musee Da Silva, or Da Silva Museum is located at Porto Novo and is a huge tourist attraction. If you fancy a historical and heritage visit, then this is the place to be. The building resembles a medieval castle, and it will arouse feelings of nostalgia. When you venture inside, you will encounter African-Brazilian relics which go back to the 1870s, making them one of the major tourists destinations.
3. Ancien Pont
Ancien Pont refers to one of the most massive bridges in the entire country spanning an incredibly considerable distance. This bridge connects two parts of the city of Cotonou and is located above Lagune de Cotonou. Built in 1928, this beautiful bridge, when lit at night, provides one of the most beautiful sightseeing scenarios of the entire city. This bridge has over the years spurred economic growth not only for the city but the whole country. This is due to its daily support of motor vehicles, pedestrians and other conveyers of goods and services.
4. Pendjari National Park
Not to be left behind by other countries of Africa, Benin also boasts of a National Park. The Pendjari National Park is one of the top tourist attractions and possesses a natural habitat, which has earned a place in the UNESCO World Heritage books. Covering an expansive 2,750 square kilometres, the park hosts elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and hippos. The park is also home to many bird species.