When my husband was moving to Africa for business purpose, I was a bit apprehensive about whether there would be any place on the Rainbow land worth visiting or would my passion for travelling go in vain. Soon we booked flights to Abidjan and the day arrived when we had to travel to the new world. Now, it has been hardly three months here and honestly speaking, I am in love with the place and also recommend people to visit this wonderful place at least once.
To reach this amazing place in Africa is easy. You just have to book cheap tickets to Abidjan with a trusted travel organization like Crystal Travel and confirm your seats. Landing here you will be embraced by the warmth and enchanting natural beauty of this city. The top things to do here which will surely make your trip memorable are:
Bird Eye View from Tower of St. Paul Cathedral
This is the very first thing that the local tourists guides make you do. St. Paul cathedral has a tower like structure attached to the church which has a soaring staircase that rises to a great height. The staircase is well maintained as well as dark and narrow. It is really adventurous to reach on the top and have a bird eye view of the whole city, the airport and the lagoon from that high altitude.
Watch a Movie at Ivoire Hotel
Ivoire Hotel surpasses every other structure in close proximity, being the most luxurious hotel in the town. A 3D movie theatre operates at this hotel in association with majestic cinemas. Most of the days the movies that run are in French language but there are certain days reserved for English movies too that are Wednesdays and Thursdays. Make sure to take a cup of cappuccino along with you at the ground floor café before you enter the movie theatre.
Relish Lebanese Cuisine
Ivory Coast caters to a huge Lebanese population. You will find here no scarcity of big business ventures, supermarkets, upscale restaurants and other eating arenas. If you are the one who is looking for some cheaper alternative then book a seat at Marouche in Zone Quatre. The chops here are finger licking delicious. If you like to opt for fine dining experience then Le Mechoui is your place.
Go – Karting or Go- Bowling
Go Karting and Go Bowling are excellent activities that will keep you occupied on your trip to Abidjan with family, friends or kids. The fun-filled activities will make your evenings amusing and adventurous all together. You will find Go- Karting at a short distance from Solibra circle of Abidjan and Bowling Alley in close proximity to the Capsud Mall.
Dessert at Nice Cream or Cool Zone
You have to walk into Nice Cream to relish the lip smacking taste of ice-cream from the famous ice-cream parlour of Abidjan. We bet you will forget your diet regime here, falling for the delicious flavours. The ice-cream shakes and fondant is mouth-watering and the waffles are yummy and fresh. A new outlet nearby this ice- cream parlour is that of flavoured yoghurt with a variety of toppings that will tantalize your taste buds to the extreme. Grab a small or large bowl as per your preference and make it either a frozen dessert or just enjoy it as it is.
Mingle with the Locals and Emigrants on a Hash Run
On the afternoon of every Saturday, a group of running and walking people gear up for a thrilling adventure on foot. You can check the venue for the whole week on the HASH Website and with a small token amount as registration fee you can join the excitement. Here you will also get the opportunity mingle and interact with the large bunch of varied people from different places. No doubt you will land up burning a big amount of calories after the run but make sure you are willing to walk through the forests, bushes, marshes and lot more.
Do Shopping at Abidjan’s Biggest Malls, Playce and Capsud
No matter if you are a shopping freak or not but indeed a stroll through the largest malls of Abidjan will make your day. Capsud Mall is a double storey building which is a hub of a range of branded outlets of fashion, sports and kids wear and also has some popular cafes too. The Playce Mall is equally enticing and witnesses a large crowd inundating the famous outlet of “Burger King”.
Saunter through the Local Market at Treichville
When at Abidjan, don’t forget to take a stroll through the local market of Treichville to have an authentic experience of the local culture. This market will offer you a variety of things to buy from clothes, curtains, dinnerware, electronics and much more. Remember that doing bargain here will get you some great deals.
Shop for Stuff Enroute of Bassam Beaches
Just at an hour’s drive are the Bassam and Assinie Beaches that are worth visiting in a day or even for an overnight stay at one of the vivacious resorts. While you are moving to Bassam, on your right side you will come across a row of shacks where local artists could be found selling their wares. You can purchase artistic local marvels and souvenirs to carry back home. Don’t hesitate to bargain here also to get good offers.
Book and Stay in the Lagoon for a Night
It is an enchanting experience to be surrounded by water at the resorts and personally owned villas that could be accessible only through water of the lagoon. Land up at your destination in a motor boat that starts from the place, Aasna which is the boat club of Abidjan. You can also opt for boat ride around the lagoon area or can also ride your own canoe. A mosquito repellent would be a great help on your overnight trip.
Being accustomed to the place in a week, you will know how beautiful otherwise lesser known continent of Africa is. The raw unspoiled beauty of Abidjan is worth exploring on a short vacation so book your tickets to Abidjan for the upcoming vacation and also find the cheap flights to Ireland to cut short on the overall expenses of your trip.