Top 10 things to do in Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire is a country.

Ivory Coast (i/ˌaɪvəri ˈkoʊst/) or Côte d'Ivoire (/ˌkoʊt dɨˈvwɑr/; KOHT dee-VWAHR; French: [kot divwaʁ] ( listen)), officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (French: République de Côte d'Ivoire), is a country in West Africa. Ivory Coast's de jure capital is Yamoussoukro and the biggest city is the port city of Abidjan.

Prior to its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states, including Gyaaman, the Kong Empire, and Baoulé. There were two Anyi kingdoms, Indénié and Sanwi, which attempted to retain their separate identity through the French colonial period and after independence. Ivory Coast became a protectorate of France in 1843–44 and was later formed into a French colony in 1893 amid the European scramble for Africa. Ivory Coast achieved independence in 1960, led by Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who ruled the country until 1993. It maintained close political and economic association with its West African neighbours, while at the same time maintaining close ties to the West, especially France. Since the end of Houphouët-Boigny's rule in 1993, Ivory Coast has experienced one coup d'état, in 1999, and two religiously-grounded civil wars: the first taking place between 2002 and 2007, and the second during 2010-2011.

Ivory Coast is a republic with a strong executive power invested in the president. Through the production of coffee and cocoa, the country was an economic powerhouse in West Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Ivory Coast went through an economic crisis in the 1980s, contributing to a period of political and social turmoil. The 21st-century Ivorian economy is largely market-based and still relies heavily on agriculture, with smallholder cash-crop production being dominant.

The official language is French, with indigenous local languages also widely used, including Baoulé, Dioula, Dan, Anyin and Cebaara Senufo. The main religions are Islam, Christianity (primarily Roman Catholic) and various indigenous religions.

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Top 10 things to do in Côte d'Ivoire

Daloa

Daloa
Daloa is a town and the capital of the Haut-Sassandra Region in western Côte d'Ivoire. It had a population of 173,107 in 1998; its estimated population in 2005 was 215,100. ...

Grand-Bassam

Grand-Bassam
Grand-Bassam is a city in Côte d'Ivoire, lying east of Abidjan. It was the French colonial capital city from 1893 to 1896, when the administration was transferred to Bingerville after ...

Bouaké

Bouaké
Bouaké is the second largest city in Côte d'Ivoire, with a population of 775,300 . It is the main urban settlement of the Bouaké Department with a population exceeding 1.2 ...

Bingerville

Bingerville
Bingerville is a city in south eastern Côte d'Ivoire, lying on the Ébrié Lagoon. Originally a market town, it grew as the capital of the then colony from 1909 until ...

Abidjan

Abidjan
Abidjan is the economic capital of Ivory Coast and is the most populated West African French-speaking city. Its population, according to the country’s authorities in 2011, was 12,783,906 inhabitants in ...

Gagnoa Department

Gagnoa Department
Gagnoa Department is one of the fifty-eight departments of Côte d'Ivoire, in the Fromager Region.The main city is Gagnoa. The city is located in the department to the southwest of ...

Yamoussoukro

Yamoussoukro
The District of Yamoussoukro is the official political capital and administrative capital city of Côte d'Ivoire, while the economic capital of the country is Abidjan. As of 2010, it was ...

San Pédro, Ivory Coast

San Pédro, Ivory Coast
San-Pédro is a city in southwestern Ivory Coast. It is the nation’s second largest port, the center of the San Pedro Department, and the capital of both the San-Pédro Region ...

Man

Man
A man is a male human. The term man is usually reserved for an adult male, with the term boy being the usual term for a male child or adolescent. ...

Korhogo

Korhogo
Korhogo is a town in Korhogo Department in the north-central region of Côte d'Ivoire or the Ivory Coast. It has a population of 174,000 . It produces and/or processes goods ...

Treichville

Treichville
Treichville is a commune of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The commune is known as one of the most lively in the city, specially around the Crossroad France-Amérique. The streets have no ...

Taï National Park

Taï National Park
Taï National Park is a national park in Côte d'Ivoire containing one of the last areas of primary rainforest in West Africa. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site ...

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site in both Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. A further extension of the reserve to include areas in ...

Îles Ehotilés National Park

Îles Ehotilés National Park
Îles Ehotilés National Park is a national park in Côte d'Ivoire. ...