Visit Ganvie by motorboat or dugout canoe. This floating village of stilted houses was constructed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a defence against slavers. Today it houses twenty thousand people.
The capital, Porto Nova, was originally built as a port for the slave trade. It is best known for its lovely colonial architecture, and several well-stocked museums.
Visit Abomey, known as the Royal City, it was capital of the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey. It contains splendid royal palaces and a throne of human skulls. It also has one of Africa’s best museums, and its artists and craftsmen are famed for their beautiful handiwork.