Cotonou [read kotonu] is the largest city in Benin and is also the gateway for visitors to the country.

Being the largest city in the country, it is also the city of the government; although Porto-Novo is the official capital. It is home to all government offices and diplomatic services – embassies. The city also has a port, the largest and only airport, and a railroad linking Cotonou with Parakou.

Cotonou is located on the coast of Benin, between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Nokoué. The city is divided into two parts by a canal, which was built by the French in 1855. These two parts are connected by three bridges.

School in Haie Vive
Mother and her daughter selling bananas on the street
The Dantokpa Market – Marché Dantokpa, or simply Tokpa, is the largest open-air market in West Africa, covering over 20 hectares
People of Cotonou are quite opened to have their photo taken.

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