Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin. It has a population of roughly 300,000 people and is located southeast of the country, near the Atlantic coastline. It is a major port along the Gulf of Guinea and is the second largest city of the country, after Cotonou which is more important, both culturally and politically. The latter also has the best international flight connections. The area where Porto-Novo is located was inhabited since the late 16th century and nowadays it is fairly interesting city to keep you busy for a day or so, with the main attractions being the Porto Novo Museum of Ethnography, King Toffa's palace, several churches and mosques and a lively colourful atmosphere, especially on the markets. Several other cultural and natural landmarks are nearby, as well as some nice beaches.
Porto-Novo is hot and humid yearround, with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius on most days. February to May is a bit hotter, when even nights are very warm at 26 degrees Celsius on average. Although the rainy season lasts from May to October, there generally is a peak in May/June and another in October, while in between it is relatively dry.
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