Benin

Benin

Country profile

Benin is steeped in history, playing a key role in the development of the slave trade and the birthplace of voodoo. More than half the population still practices the 10,000-year-old religion, and the country’s heritage continues to intrigue visitors. Head to the coast for palm-fringed beaches or inland for ecotourism options.

Benin

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Porto-Novo
Visa requirements: Required; apply at the Consulate of the Republic of Benin in London
Time zone: GMT + 1
Language: French
Currency: West African CFA franc
Population: 11.18 million
Electricity: 220V and 50Hz

Tipping policy: Around ten per cent is appreciated in restaurants   

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 

Indirect flights (one stop) to Cotonou: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Southampton

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Pendjari National Park
Royal Palace, Porto-Novo
Lake Ahémé
Door of No Return
Place de I’Etoile Rouge

MAJOR EVENTS
Voodoo Festival
Quintessence Film Festival
Gelede Festival
Waba Festival
International Festival of the Dahomean Cultures

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to the Parc du W and the contiguous hunting zones of Meêkrou and Djona. It also advises against all but essential travel to the area between the Interstate Highway (RNIE) 2 (Tchaourou to Malanville) and the Nigerian border, due to increasing criminality in that area. Visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/benin for the latest travel advice.

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