Cote d'Ivoire

Although the Second Ivorian Civil War in 2011 resulted in a decisive victory for Alassane Ouattara, tensions remain high and the UK Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the west of the country. Before a 1999 military coup, it was one of the most prosperous and stable states in the region since achieving independence from France in 1960.

Muslims dominate the north of the country, while the south is mainly Christian. It is a leading producer of cocoa. The country has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all national parks. Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is the most famous Ivorian.

Country

Cote d'Ivoire flag

Why you should go:

For some reason you really, really want to.

Why you shouldn't:

Because you want to wait and see if the peace lasts.

Map of Cote d'Ivoire