The capital of Benin, Porto Novo is also the west African country's most exciting tourist destination. For a long time, the city was a Portuguese, then French colonial city. In fact, for fifty years it was the capital of French Dahomey, and this history has left a legacy of beautiful colonial-era buildings. Modern Porto Novo has come a long way, though, offering shopping opportunities, the elegant melodies of Adjogan music and superb museums. It's a fascinating city to visit.
There's no shortage of attractions to visit in Porto Novo. The Museum of Ethnography is not to be missed, with its stunning Yoruba mask collection. King Toffa's Palace is a unique site that was once the home of Yoruba royalty, while the Museé da Silva deals with the strong relationship between Brazil and Benin. And it's also well worth visiting Adjarra Market, a great place to pick up beautifully dyed textiles and clothing.