Fast-paced, lively and cosmopolitan, Abidjan – or Babi to the initiated – is a city that leaves a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to visit. Like many megacities, the bustling economic capital of Côte d'Ivoire never stops evolving. Rooftops, luxury restaurants, dreamy landscapes…the heritage and culture of Abidjan is constantly surprising.
Abidjan is one of those cities that slowly reveals itself to you the longer you stay and care to be curious. Step out of the city centre and discover Boulay Island – a heavenly, picture-perfect oasis just a short 15 minutes boat ride away. Located on the Ebrié lagoon, this 33km2 island is a prestigious holiday resort favoured by Abidjan high society. Home to a "Bay of Billionaires" collection of houses, it is often referred to as the African Beverly Hills – where coconut trees, multicoloured hibiscus trees and other tropical curiousities appear next to a translucent sea. Why not make this idyllic environment the place to try your hand at one of the many water sports on offer? The warm, smooth waters of the lagoon are a hotspot for these actvities – including wakeboarding, water skiing and jet skiing. Just put on your swimsuit and dive right in to the crystal clear water.
Côte d'Ivoire has an extremely rich and diversified historical heritage. Discover the museum of civilizations of Abidjan – a showcase of Ivorian collections from the twentieth century. The history of the country, fascinating works of art and well-preserved remains will captivate you as you walk across more than two hectares bursting with musical instruments, pottery, textiles, masks and traditional adornments.
Continue your cultural walk in the village of Kiyi M'bock, located in the thick of Abidjan. An art centre dedicated to local artistic performances such as dance, singing and Ivorian theatre, there are regularly organised performances and it’s an ideal place to discover a different, newer side of Abidjan!
To meet the crème de la crème of Abidjan, head to the Plateau Life Star area, where you’ll find several bars and nightclubs that attract some of the biggest names in show biz – as well as host epic events for clubbers to flock to.
Before you start your evening of hedonism, stop for an aperitif at Toit d'Abidjan, the chicest and trendiest rooftop in the capital. Perched on the 23rd floor of the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, the view from the top takes in the Ebrié lagoon and cityscape, and boasts some exquisite gastronomic delights for you to sample as you unwind.