Grand-Popo is a town, arrondissement, and commune in the Mono Department of south-western Benin. The commune covers an area of 289 square kilometres and as at the 2013 Census had a population of 57,490 people.
|• Total||112 sq mi (289 km2)|
|• Density||520/sq mi (200/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
The town grew around the slave trade, but coastal erosion has now destroyed most of the old town. The town is now a centre for voodoo and home to a Finnish-African cultural centre, Villa Karo. The town's main industry is fishing.
The commercial relations of the region of Grand Popo with Europe were established in the 17th century, before the entry of Porto Novo. Thanks to its peninsula configuration taken between the sea and one of the arms of the Mono River, it was considered a safe harbour for the economy of trade. The buildings, usually one-storey brick-fired houses with wooden floors were grouped together in the Gbekon district, next to the central market, facing the beach. Coastal erosion, a phenomenon that appeared at the end of the 1950s and was very marked in Grand-Popo, was the reason for this now abandoned architecture. Later, the first missions, Catholic and Protestant, built by the sea, as well as the first school, suffered the same fate.