Once a modest seaside capital, today Lomé aspires to greatness. Immerse yourself in Togo’s history at the National Museum, which displays jewelry, masks, musical instruments and pottery from West Africa. In the city center, the Sacred Heart Cathedral is adorned with frescoes depicting African saints. To the northeast, Akodessawa Fetish Market is well worth a visit, as are the Grand Market and Hedzranawoe Market. For a taste of delicious Togolese cuisine, take a trip to Nopegali Plage restaurant. Lovers of fine sand and coconut palms will adore the beaches of Baguida and Avepozo. As for cultural events, Lomé is ever in motion. Don’t miss FesConte (end of July-beginning of August), the Tchale Lekema festival, held at ONOMO Hotel Lomé and dedicated to Afro-urban art forms (August), and the International Book Fair (November).