Abomey

Abomey is a town and former capital of Benin.

Get in

Nearby Bohicon has a rail link with the capital Cotonou and Parakou in the north, there are three departures in each direction every week. Tickets from Cotonou costs CFA 1100 in second class and CFA 1400 in first.

Bush taxis from Bohicon costs CFA 300, and CFA 2000 for the three hour ride from Cotonou. Cheaper but slower public buses are also available.

Get around

One of the Royal Palaces.

Zemi-johns are a popular, cheap and efficient way to get around. They are simply a scooter-like taxi popular in the country.

See

The Royal Palaces of Abomey are a group of earthen structures built by the Fon people of the Dahomey Kingdom between the mid-17th and late 19th Centuries. One of the most famous and historically significant traditional sites in West Africa, the Palaces are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each king had a new palace built for himself. They are filled with larger numbers of bas-reliefs and artwork that display everyday life, including war, sacrifices and torture methods. The palaces are:

It is also worth visiting the nearby museum:

Do

A royal palace.

Buy

Sleep

There are a few motels in town, but none are of particularly good quality.

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