Grand-Popo town – Benin Republic is a town, arrondissement, and commune in the Mono Department of south-western Benin. The commune covers an area of ​​289 square kilometers and as of the 2013 Census had a population of 57,490 people.

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The town grew around the slave trade, but coastal erosion has now destroyed most of the old town. The town is now a center for voodoo and home to a Finnish – African cultural center, Villa Karo.

Grand Popo, due to its location between the sea and the Mono River, is also the ideal place to take a pirogue ride in the mangroves or watch the return of fishermen! Finally. The town’s main industry is fishing.

Grand Popo is a wonderful beach town in which to spend a few tranquil days. The village has plenty going on at the weekend when Cotonou residents come to decompress. Let yourself be tempted like the townspeople of Cotonou or Lomé by its magnificent sandy beaches bordered by coconut palms



The town inspired the name of the French electronic music duo Grand Popo Football Club, as well as the name of the iPad application creator Grand Popo LLC.



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The history of Grand-Popo relates to the Mono River estuary of the Bight of Benin and its surrounding areas. The present-day Grand-Popo District extends to the west as a sea-river lane to the Togo border. Just across the border is also the historic city ​​of Togo, Aného, formerly known as Little Popo, Klein Popo, or Petit-Popo, depending on the speaker’s language. Located east of Grand-Popo, where the Mono river joins the Gulf of Benin is called the “Bouche du Roi” (“the King’s mouth”). The narrow peninsula on the Gulf of Benin separates the chain of tributaries and lagoons flowing from the Mono river, stretching westward from Little Popo to the historic city of Ouidah. Depending on the amount of water, it was an important transport route in the region. To the northeast of “Bouche du Roi” is a rugged area formed by marshes, rivers, and lakes that protected the area against external enemies.

The Kingdom of Grand-Popo in Benin was not originally a united kingdom, but a collection of several villages with a sandy ravine that separated the lagoon from the sea. The center of Grand-Popo, Gbebco, was once located about 6.4 kilometers west of Bouche du Roi. Carrefour, the highway junction where the village center is now located, is 17 kilometers from the mouth of the river. On the other side of the lagoon is Hevé, which was originally a harbor area. Agbanaken was the king’s residence and capital. It was on the western bank of the Mono River, where the river expands into a lagoon. Agbanaken is located beyond the border of what is now Togo.



One of the early depictions of Europeans said of the settlement of the Grand Popo area: “A village where blacks have a white flag”.

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Three Spanish Capuchin missionaries visited Grand-Popo in 1660-61. In the 19th century, Methodist missionaries became active on the Slave Coast, and in the 1840s and 50s missionary, stations were established in Little-Popo, Glidji, Agouée, and Grand-Popo town. At the same time, Catholic missionaries also came to the area. To their surprise, they noticed that there was already a significant Catholic community on the coast. They were known as “Brazilians”, or Agudas, who were Africans, often former slaves, who had lived in Brazil. About 4,000 of them had emigrated to the Gulf of Benin by the mid-19th century. They spoke Portuguese, practiced the Catholic religion, and used Brazilian names.



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The economy of the Hula community was based on fishing and salt production. In addition to fish, crabs, shrimps, and oysters were also obtained. The fish were dried and shipped inland. Although the word hula means sea, they had no interest or technology in sea fishing. The lagoon and river were rich in fish. Sea fishing was not introduced until the 19th century. In some seasons, seawater also extended to the lagoons, when the water became saline, offering sea fish as well. Fishing equipment included canoe nets, fishing nets made of cotton twine and basket weaves, and later various spears, trawl nets and fishing rods, as well as hand fishing.


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The nature of Grand-Popo town was poorly suited to agriculture and there were few tools. In the 1840s, yam or manioc, cotton and indigo were grown in the area. The corn was the main course of the Grandpopeans, along with the fish. The area is further growing sweet potato, ruokabanaania, banana, lablab bean- ( lablab purpureus ) and lentils, okra, shallots, cashew nuts, peanuts, pumpkins, pineapples, lime, and ginger. Pepper and oil palms grew in the area and by the 19th century, they were cultivated. Most of the crops came from outside Africa and originated during the transatlantic slave trade. Most of them came from the Americas.

Millet was grown, but by the early 20th century it was used only for ritual purposes until it was replaced by corn. Corn became an important crop from the 1780s onwards, yielding at least two crops in two rainy seasons.

From the late 18th century to the 1800s, Little-Popo and its neighbor, Ewe, had chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, and cattle. Livestock farming was in Little-Popo in the 1840s in the Francisco Felix de Souza family quarter. With Europeans, demand for meat increased, but only the richest Africans could afford to keep cows.


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Palm oil was exported from West Africa sometime before the 19th century. Broader exports of palm oil in the 1830s were started by the English company Messrs WB Hutton & Sons in London. Captain John Marman founded the company factory in 1836 in Little Popo, which was supplying palm oil, corn, and ivory. The Hutton factory expanded in 1838 to Ouidah and 1842 to Badgary (a coastal city in the present state of Lagos, Nigeria). The Ouidah plant was based on an arrangement made the previous year, in which Francisco Félix de Souza promised to supply Marmann with palm oil because of the poor condition of the slave trade. The Ouidah factory was destroyed in 1841 by a British cruiser.


Colonization-Grand popo Town  Benin Republic

Before colonialism, the international relations of Africa and Africans, especially with Europe, mainly traded relations. By the beginning of the 20th century, relationships changed from trade and exchange to control and subjugation. Europe’s conflicts of interest over African territories and the ensuing clashes of European powers led to the Berlin Conference in 1884 and 1885. There were no delegations from Africa, but it divided Africa among the European powers. The aspirations of the participants were expansionism and the economic benefits of non-European territories

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The economic and political situation in the Slave Coast was influenced by the situation in the 1870s. Three colonial powers, England, France, and Germany competed in the division of Africa. Britain expanded its influence on the Western Slave Coast in the mid-19th century. Under the guise of anti-slave trade, the bombing of Lagos in 1851 and its incorporation into the English Protectorate, ten years later, took place. Britain closed the Slave Coast ports in 1852. The British annexed the Gold Coast Anson area (now southern Togo) as a colony in 1872. Under pressure from the King of Dahomey, the British enforced the entire Slave Coast shut down from 1876 to 1877. Due to the heavy-duty imposed on spirits and other imported goods in the Anlo area, merchants moved east. Smuggling into British territory became more common. To stop it, the British extended their territories eastward.


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Grand Popo is a small place in Benin and can be easily explored within a day. There aren’t many things to do and attractions to visit in this town. Also, being a small town, there are fewer accommodation options. People usually consider making a quick stop here before heading to the neighboring cities. You can halt here for a quick snack and take a little break from your journey.

You can check out the list of the cities near Grand Popo and find out the top things to do in these towns. So, the next time you are in Grand Popo, you can decide which neighboring city to visit for a memorable trip.


-Auberge de Grand Popo- Benin Republic

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Auberge de Grand popo is located in Grand-Popo, 600 m from Finno-Africain Villa Karo Cultural Centre, Auberge de Grand Popo provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. With a garden, the property also features a private beach area, as well as a terrace. The accommodation features evening entertainment and free WiFi.

At the hotel each room is equipped with a desk and a private bathroom.

A continental breakfast is available daily at Auberge de Grand Popo.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

We speak your language!

Auberge de Grand Popo has been welcoming guests since 23 Feb 2015.

Availability of popular facilities such as swimming pool, bar, beachfront, and private beach area

Also, this property offer currency exchange of your local currency on site.

Outdoors: Beachfront, Sun terrace, Private beach area, Terrace, Garden


Pets: Free! Pets are allowed. No extra charges.


Activities: Beach, Evening entertainment,


Food & Drink: Breakfast in the room, Bar, Restaurant,


  • Free! WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
  • Free!Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).


Services: Shuttle service, Airport shuttle (additional charge), Shuttle service (additional charge), Luggage storage, Gift shop, Currency exchange, Laundry Additional charge,


Safety & security

  • Safety deposit box


  • Air conditioning
  • Family rooms

-Hotel Village Vacances Awale Plage- Grand popo-Benin Republic

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Hotel Village Vacances Awale Plage is located in Grand-Popo town, 5 km from Finno-Africain Villa Karo Cultural Centre, Hotel Village Vacances Awale Plage provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers a private beach area and room service. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk.

At the hotel, every room is equipped with a patio. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Hotel Village Vacances Awale Plage also provide guests with free WiFi.

The accommodation offers a continental or à la carte breakfast.

Hotel Village Vacances Awale Plage offers a children’s playground. Activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing can be enjoyed in the surroundings, and guests can relax along the beachfront.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

We speak your language!

Availability of popular facilities such as swimming pool, bar, beachfront, and private beach area.

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Outdoors: Outdoor furniture, Beachfront, Sun terrace, Private beach area, Terrace, Garden.


  • Free!Pets are allowed. No extra charges.


Activities: Tour or class about local culture additional charge, Themed dinner nights Additional charge, Walking tours, Temporary art galleries, Beach, Evening entertainment, Cycling, Hiking, Children’s playground, Games room,  Fishing.


Food & Drink; On-site coffee house, Chocolate or cookies Additional charge, Fruits Additional charge, Bottle of water Additional charge, Wine/champagne Additional charge, Kid meals, Special diet menus (on request), Snack bar, Breakfast in the room, Bar, and Restaurant.


Internet: Free! WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Parking: Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed), Parking garage,  Secured parking.


Reception  services: Private check-in/check-out, Luggage storage, Tour desk, Currency exchange, 24-hour front desk,


Cleaning services: Daily housekeeping, Laundry Additional charge,


Business facilities: Meeting/banquet facilities Additional charge


Safety & security
  • CCTV outside property
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box


General: Shuttle service, Shared lounge/TV area, Airport shuttle (additional charge), Airport shuttle (free), Shuttle service (additional charge), Air conditioning, Shops (on-site), Car hire, Packed lunches, Soundproof rooms, Gift shop, Bridal suite, Family rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Room service.

Wellness: Sun loungers or beach chairs, Pool/beach towels, Solarium,


 Pool 1 – outdoor
  • Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs


Safety features
  • First aid kit available
  • Process in place to check the health of guests
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities


Physical distancing
  • Physical distancing rules followed
  • Cashless payment available
  • Contactless check-in/check-out


Cleanliness & disinfecting
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Linens, towels, and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus


Food & drink safety
  • Delivered food is securely covered
  • Breakfast takeaway containers
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Physical distancing in dining areas


Languages spoken
  • English
  • French

-Résidence SAHOTY Hotel -Grand Popo Town-Benin Republic

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Residence SAHOTY is set in Grand-Popo, 1.1 km from Finno-Africain Villa Karo Cultural Centre, Résidence SAHOTY offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and barbecue facilities. The property provides pool views, a children’s playground, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available.

All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, and a wardrobe. At the guest house, all rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Résidence SAHOTY offers an indoor pool. You can play table tennis at the accommodation, and car hire is available.

Résidence SAHOTY has been welcoming guests since 29 May 2018.

Most popular facilities in Residence SAHOTY  Hotel

1 swimming pool

Tea/coffee maker in all rooms


  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower


  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Extra-long beds (> 2 meters)


  • Pool view
  • Garden view
  • Sea view


  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Terrace
  • Sun terrace
  • Private pool
  • BBQ facilities
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden



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  • Dining table
  • Cleaning products
  • Stovetop
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator


Room Amenities

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  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack



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  • Pets are not allowed.


  • Tour or class about local culture additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Beach
  • Badminton equipment
  • Beachfront
  • Library
  • Table tennis
  • Children’s playground
  • Games room


Living Area

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  • Dining area
  • Sofa
  • Seating Area


Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • TV


Food & Drink
  • Bottle of water
  • Tea/Coffee maker


  • Free!WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
  • Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).
  • Parking garage
  • Street parking
  • Secured parking

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  • Airport drop off Additional charge
  • Airport pick up Additional charge


  • Shared lounge/TV area


Reception services
  • 24-hour front desk


Entertainment and family services
  • Children television networks
  • Kids’ outdoor play equipment
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles


Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • 24-hour security


  • Shuttle service
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Soundproofing
  • Private entrance
  • Car hire
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Air conditioning
  • Sun umbrellas


 Pool 1 – indoor
  • Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Adult only  cv

-Ramaya L’Auberge Espagnole Hotel-Grand Popo.

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Want to discover Benin? Communicating with its populations? Start at RAMAYA: the Spanish Inn of Grand-Popo. In Grand-Popo, an exceptional idyllic setting awaits you to discover the potential of a country that is becoming more and more in the world. Our rooms are suitable for your need. For your hiking, original means of transport, like bikes to contribute to the protection of the environment.

Property Amenities Available In Ramaya L’ Auberge Espagnole Hotel

Free parking

Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)

Bar / lounge


Bicycle rental

Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)

Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )

Car hire

Air conditioning


Contact and address

Onkihoue en Face de l’Eglise Pentecote de Grand-Popo, Grand Popo Benin

Nearby restaurants

Boca del Rio

Nearby attractions

Villa Karo

English, French, Spanis

-Hotel Paramondo-Grand Popo

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Set in Cotonou, 13 km from DRC Embassy, Hotel Paramondo offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar, and a terrace. The property is located 13 km from Angola Embassy, 16 km from UNDP Office, and 23 km from Congo Embassy.


Godomey Togoudo, Route de Lita, Abomey-Calavi Benin


Nearby restaurants

La cabane du pecheur(Seafood)

 Jaaba – Grill & Bar (African)

Les Nouveaux Alizes(African)
Wado-  Seafood



Nearby attractions