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This town is one of the lesser-known and unspoilt parts of Benin in that is has not been developed to the extent of some of the bigger towns. Situated in south-western Benin about 35,000 inhabitants live in a commune around the Mono River that flows into the sea at Grand Popo and forms a frontier with Togo.
Grand Popo is a plateau rising gradually to the heights of the Atakora Mountains if you want to go more inland from this coastal town. In 1999, the Villa Karo was built and it serves as the Fenno-African culture centre where you can experience the ethnic history of the area. Interestingly, this area was nearly history when the advancing ocean destroyed part of Grand Popo during the 40’s and this town has been rebuilt slowly over the years. A walk through the town will show the damage that the sea has done and there are photos of the destruction in the museum and hotel.
The Auberge de Grand Popo is the only hotel and you will be living in an old, derelict colonial administration building that will be barely recognisable. Rooms has been refurbished and renovated to make this hotel a seaside home where you can hear the Atlantic Ocean waves lapping the shore at night. Dine and drink at the old customs building that is now the reception and bar with a terrace where you can enjoy the beautiful view.