The sprawling, beating heart of the nation makes its home on the south coast, along the wide coastal reaches of the Ebrié Lagoon.
With more than four million people calling it home, it hails in as the second-largest metropolis in all of West Africa.
And although not officially the capital of Ivory Coast (that honour goes to Yamoussoukro), it’s perhaps the better city to go for an introduction to the nation.
Visitors can wander the frenetic streets of the buzzing central Plateau district, see the looming Francophone spires of St.
Paul’s Cathedral, hit the National Museum, party down heady Princess Road, eat local cassava curries on the street corners – the list goes on!