The people of Cote d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast are very proud of at least three things - their national football team, cocoa beans, and coffee beans. Unknown to many, Cote d’Ivoire is the world leader in the production and export of cocoa beans, producing around 1/3 of the entire world’s supply of cocoa. The country is also ranked third in the world behind Brazil and Columbia for coffee beans. In recent years, tourism has also started to pick up in this French-speaking, West African nation, which is largely due to this amazing coastal destination known as Assinie (formerly called Issiny in the Abidji language).
Assinie is a narrow peninsula town located around 80 km east of the metropolitan city of Abidjan - a mere hour and a half drive from the capital. This place is best known for its incredibly white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. In addition, Assinie boasts some luxury villas, mansions and, exotic African-style huts for the affluent and middle-of-the-road resorts and beachfront nooks for regular and budget travelers alike.
However, there is more to this place than its gorgeous beaches and year-round beautiful weather. Here’s our list of top things to do in Assinie:
Enjoy the Fabulous Beaches
Whether you are the laze-around-the-beach-with-a-cocktail-in-hand sort, or the adventurous surfer and water-sport enthusiast, there is always something for you and your family to do and enjoy in Assinie.
Visit the Dipi Crocodile Farm
Dipi Crocodile Farm is a sanctuary for crocodiles and other exotic animals and is one of the famous tourist destinations in Assinie. Visitors can take pleasure in petting baby crocodiles safely with the help of zoo staff, who will also provide plenty of other information about the diet, habits, and biology of the animals living in the farm.
Visit the Assinie Mafia Museum
Located in the Mafia village, the museum contains a large collection of relics, costumes, ornaments, and many other traditional objects showcasing the cultural wealth of N’Zima heritage.
Load up on Ivorian Specialties
Head down to any restaurant and food shack you can find dotting the coastline and look for any of these specialties to entertain your palate: aloko (fried bananas), fufu (boiled cassava and plantains), kedjenou (seasoned meat and vegetables slowly simmered to perfection), calalou (vegetable stew) and more!
Mingle with the Locals
The people of Assinie are kind, friendly, and undeniably proud of their nation and heritage. Although the village is slowly undergoing changes that came with modernisation and development such as luxurious beach resorts, private homes, and offices. The locals however, remain true to their roots. One of the best ways to experience the raw and genuine vibe of the village is by visiting the local market (usually open on Mondays) abuzz with loud noises, colours, and traditional wares being sold by merchants.
Make Assinie your next travel destination and let us help you get the best deals on hotels and activities. Visit your estore for the latest Q-breaks promo on Cote d’Ivoire and safe travels as always!