Porto-Novo (Benin)

Porto-Novo Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Portuguese colonialism + African Kings

Porto-Novo is the administrative capital of Benin, and as the name gives away ("New Harbor" in Portuguese) it is a port of the Gulf of Guinea. In terms of size, Porto-Novo plays second fiddle in Benin to Cotonou, where the political power resides and things tend to gravitate towards. Cotonou is an hour away by car.

Tourists come to Porto Novo to take a break from Cotonou or explore the remnants of Portuguese colonialism. The main places of interest are the Museé Ethnographique, Museé da Sila, Palais Royal du Roi Toffa (former residence of the King) and Palais de Gouverneur. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Porto-Novo is a city in Benin's region of Oueme. It has a population of 234,168, is situated at an altitude of 72ft and the best airport to fly into is COO (Cotonou, Cotonou)
  • The currency used in Benin is the West African CFA franc (XOF)

Porto-Novo Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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