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Introduction

Lomé is the capital of Togo and has a population of about 800,000 inhabitants. It is located in the south of the country, along the Atlantic coast line and is the major port of the country, as well as being the administrative and industrial heart of Togo. The city was founded in the 18th century and was called Bey Beach at first, becoming the capital in 1897 under this name. It is a lively and colourful city with an attractive city and has some attractions for travellers to keep you busy for a day or so, including lovely beaches and great markets, among which is a voodoo market.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Ablogamé
  • Adawlato
  • Amoutivé
  • Dékon
  • Forever
  • Kodjoviakopé
  • Noukafou
  • Nyékonakpoé
  • Tokoin
  • Xédranawoe

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Sights and Activities

Lomé Grand Market

The Lomé Grand Market is a huge market in the capital. Located near the Lomé Cathedral in the city centre and this market can give a great glimpse into Togo culture. The market often has live African music. The market is a three story building occupying an entire block in the capital.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Lomé Cathedral
  • Beaches
  • Togo National Museum - Learn more about traditional Togo culture and modern history at this museum.

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Weather

Lomé has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather yearround. Temperatures average 30 °C during the day and 24 °C at night, with January to April slightly warmer and June to September slightly cooler. Although the rainy season lastst from May until October, there generally is a peak in May/June and another in October, while in between it is relatively dry. And on top of that, the rainy season is not as severe as countries further west along the coast of West Africa, west of Ghana.

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Getting There

By Plane

Lomé-Tokoin Airport (LFW) receives all international flights and destinations with Air Horizon are limited to several cities in Africa and the Middle East. Other airlines flying here are Afriqiyah Airways (Cotonou, Lagos and Tripoli), Air France to Paris, Toumaï Air Chad (Douala, Brazzaville, Bangui, N'Djamena) and a few others mainly in the region and to Ethiopia and Casablanca.

By Bus

There are many possibilities to travel overland from Togo to neighbouring countries.
Buses and bush taxi's ply the route between Lomé and Cotonou in Benin, taking around 3 hours.
Buses travel from Lomé to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, 18 hours) and Niamey (Niger, 23 hours) as well. Minibuses and bush taxi's take a lot longer and stop in more places. It's also possible mostly to cross border with bush taxi's between the closest towns on both sites of the border.
From Lomé, it's a short hop across the border with Ghana where you can take onward transport by bush taxi to Accra. Buses to Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire also go via Accra.

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