Grand-Bassam is 45km east of Abidjan and the trip will take about 45 minutes by road.
Bush taxis from the Gare de Bassam in Abidjan are the best option, and will cost about CFA 500. Buses are an alternative, which leave from Gare Routière d'Adjamé in Abidjan for CFA 500.
Grand-Bassam's is in the centre of town, just beside the Place de Paix roundabout.
The main area of town is quite compact, so walking is an easy way of getting around. If you feel like venturing further, you will need to organise a bush taxi.
Cathédrale du Sacré CœurBeautiful house of worship built by the French in 1910, renovated in 2004.
Centre Céramiqueaddress: Rue BouëtAfter tourism, ceramics and pottery are probably Grand-Bassam's biggest industries. This is both a museum of Ivorian traditional ceramic and a exhibition hall for the works of local artisans.
Mairie de Grand-Bassamaddress: Boulevard Gouverneur AngoulvantRecently restored French colonial building.
Musée National du CostumeHoused in the former French governor's palace, this architectural gem with its large outer staircase is one of the main attractions in town. Its excellent collection of traditional costumes, masks, ornaments and ethnographic photographs provides a fascinating insight in the culture and history of Ivory Coast, both during and outside colonial times. The 4000 m² museum premises holds various publications, models of traditional houses and life-size dancing scenes. If your budget allows, consider hiring a guide for extra information.
Old Post OfficeAn elegant building that has also been restored recently. No longer functions as a post office.
Palais de JusticeConstructed in 1910, it was used as a court until 1954. This building has not been as lucky as the other French colonial structures, and has reportedly decayed beyond repair.
Maison des ArtistesUnlike some other buildings in town, the name of this colorful building actually describes what it's used for. In this "house of the artists" you can watch local sculptors and other artists working and see and buy their creations.
Swim at Grand-Bassam BeachThe seaside of Ancien Bassam is extremely popular among Ivorians. On the weekends, the place is packed, however, during the weekdays, you may have it all to yourself. Beware of strong currents and the lack of lifeguards.
Canoe tripsSome local boatmen can be arranged to take you up the lagoon to see some tradition fishing amongst the landscape.
Fête de l`AbissaThe local N'Zima people honour those who have passed away in this colourful and lively festival, held between late October and early November.
The (Marché) is located right next to the Place de Paix roundabout. It mostly serves produce, but you may be able to find a souvenir or two. A much better option is the hundreds of that thrive on the western edge of town, lining the road from Abidjan. Local art is also for sale in Maison des Artistes, described in the See section.
phone: +225 0769 6975Located in the maquis area, along the shore of the lagoon. Serves both African and French cuisine.
Maquis l'EstomacAlso on the lagoon's shore in Ancien Bassam, serving African food.
Bassam PizzaReportedly the only pizzeria of Grand-Bassam, has received mixed reviews.
Épiloguephone: +225 07 18 50 15The first nightclub in Grand-Bassam with Audio and Video Animation. VIP Space. Epilogue is open 7days /7 from 18:30 to 06:00 GMT. Tuesday is Karaoké night while Thursday is Live variété with an orchestra
phone: +225 21 301418address: Route d'AzurettiSmall hotel with the beach on its doorstep.
address: Route d'AzurettiSmall 7 room hotel with internet and a pool.
phone: +225 2130 1062Nice lodge on the beech with air-conditioned rooms, a large pool and a bit of character. As the name reveals, the establishment is best known as a restaurant. Wifi is available.
Etoile du SudProbably the most luxurious hotel in town. They have a restaurant, bar and nightclub as well as pools and sports facilities.
La Nouvelle PailloteHotel with restaurant, bar, pool and conference facilities.
phone: +225 21 31 28 28Upscale hotel in the north of the town. Rooms are equipped as average rooms in a western country and there is a bar and a restaurant.