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Benin Travel Wiki

Easy travel guide
Find general travel information, guides and “good to know”. Find the cheapest flights and best hotels offers in one click multi search engine - just click a city and discover the best of the country.

Travel to Benin

Once known as Dahomey, Benin was renamed in 1975 as a way to provide its three areas of different ethnic and political systems a foundation of neutrality. For centuries before the Colonial period, the kings of this nation would sell captives and prisoners directly into slavery, shipping them to the New World.

That brought wealth and power to the nation, but it was fleeting. Nearly a century of political upheaval and colonial change brought state centralization to Benin’s business community. By 1979, almost all economic activity became state controlled. People fled and the money dried up. To stay afloat, the government of Benin took nuclear waste disposal contracts from the Soviet Union.

It wouldn’t be until 2006 when an election that was labeled as being “free” and “fair was held in Benin. The country has continued to stabilize since then, with constitutional reforms helping to shape future governments so it can become less centralized.

Visiting Benin means a rare opportunity to view ancient ruins from the kingdoms of Dahomey. It is also the birthplace of Vodun beliefs, which means the “voodoo” culture is quite strong in the country. The market in Contonou has almost anything one might ever need for any purpose.

The best way to visit Benin is to be with someone local whom you trust. Hired tourist guides can help show which areas are safe and which prices are fair. The country is generally peaceful, but more than the usual precautions should generally be taken.

With enough planning, Benin can be a profound experience.

City Guides

Click on a city for more information about the city, maps, tourist information, tours and what to see and do in the city.


Porto-Novo, capital of Benin

Porto-Novo Travel Wiki Travel to Porto-Novo The capital of Benin, sometimes called Ajashe or Hogbonu, has a beautiful coastal location. The atmosphere is somewhat laid-back compared to other cities in the country and lies just 20 minutes away from some fabulous beaches. Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, many of those original influences have fused with the local culture to create a one-of-a-kind experience for the visitor. While visiting Porto-Novo, the Ethnographic Museum needs at least one afternoon reserved for it....

Travel resources

Below you can find usefull travel resources for your visit to the country

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Benin Holidays

Benin Public Holidays See the calendars for national Benin holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Benin holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

Biggest City Benin

Facts about Benin, Biggest city What are the names of the largest cities in Benin, and how big are the cities by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017

Geography and facts, Benin

Benin, geography and facts explained Geograhy, facts, local customs and foodie guide. All explained in videos 8 to 15 minutes, very good, informative and funny videos that will ensure you see the videos to the end. The videos are produced by Geography now, thanks for the videos and keep up the good work.

National Tourist Information Benin

Traveladvisor in Benin: There is no official Tourism Information in Benin A search leads to a private tourism office WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER YOUTUBE FLICKR PINTEREST INSTAGRAM Discover Benin  

News from Benin

News from Benin - Stay updated ! Watch and listen to news resources from Benin. There are several ways, radio, tv, written and social media, to stay updated on what is happening right now in the country, find some selected news sources in the menu below. If you have found a news source you think is missing, you can read or write comments and ask questions in the disqus field below. Other recommended news:

Travel forum Benin

Benin travel forum Discuss Benin travel with other travellers. Looking for advice, answers and information from Travel Forum guides ? Post your travel questions. You can read and write questions and answers, and you can recommend travel advice and things to do and see in the disqus forum field below.

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

January 1New Year's DayFixed
January 10Traditional DayFixed
May 1Labor DayFixed
May 25AscensionFixed
June 5Whit MondayFixed
August 1Independence DayFixed
August 15AssumptionFixed
October 26Armed Forces DayFixed
November 1All Saints' DayFixed
November 30National DayFixed
December 25Christmas DayFixed
December 26Boxing DayFixed
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaVariable
Prophet's BirthdayProphet's BirthdayVariable
Easter MondayEaster MondayVariable
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrVariable

Which are the largest cities ?

Listing of the most important and largest cities in the country

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