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Porto-Novo is the capital city of Benin, located on the Gulf of Guinea. Visitors can explore the city’s rich history and culture by visiting landmarks such as the Royal Palace of King Toffa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Musée Ethnographique de Porto-Novo, which showcases the region’s traditional arts and crafts. Other popular attractions include the Ganvié stilt village, a charming community built on stilts over a lagoon, and the Foret des Tamarins, a nature preserve that is home to a variety of animal and plant species. Cuisine and Food cultureBeninese cuisine is a fusion of African, French, and Portuguese influences. Staple ingredients include yams, cassava, maize, and beans. Popular dishes include kedjenou, a chicken dish cooked in a sealed pot, and gombo, a stew made with okra and fish or meat. Visitors should also try palm wine, a traditional drink made from the sap of palm trees.