Accra is the capital of the Republic of Ghana (West Africa), and its industrial and cultural center. The city is located in the south of the country, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Its architecture blends traditional, colonial, and modern cultures, giving its appearance a special flavor. A variety of historical and cultural attractions, flamboyant African people, rich and extraordinary traditions, as well as comfortable beaches attract tourists from around the world. However, not so long ago, Accra was just a big trading city. The tourism business has only started to develop in recent decades. But that hasn't stopped it from rising to a high level.
Attractions in Accra
Accra's complicated history dating back to the Middle Ages, the culture and traditions of ancient tribes, and its location have all left their mark on the city. To get the most out of the city and experience its attractions, take advantage of the tours offered by a tour operator.
Most of Accra's entire population works in a variety of industries — textiles, food, oil refining, metalworking, woodworking, and pharmaceuticals. Automotive, jewelry, and handicraft productions are also developed. There is also a large market for diamonds and cocoa beans.
In the XVII century, the Portuguese erected their fortresses in the city, followed by the Dutch, Swedes, French, Englishmen, and Danes. The bustling economic activity continued until the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.
In 1850, a new era began in Accra. The city was included in the boundaries of the English colony of the Gold Coast. In 1876, the British took over Accra and moved the seat of residence that had previously been located at Cape Coast to the city. An influx of colonists from Britain began, which led to a significant expansion and economic development of the city. Accra had been the capital of the British colony of the Gold Coast until 1957.
After liberation from colonial dependence, Accra became the capital of the independent state of Ghana. Today it is a large city, one of the ten largest cities in Africa. It has a well-developed economy, culture, education, and tourism business.
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The best time to visit Accra
Many hotels, restaurants, and cafes in tourist areas offer free wireless Internet access, but the speed may be slower than expected.
English is the official language of Accra. But locals continue to communicate in local dialects: Ashanti, Ewe, and others.
The local currency is the Ghanaian cedi. It is better to change it in official exchange offices. Importation of foreign currency into the city is not limited.
Accra has its own Kotoka International Airport.
The best way to move around the city is by cab. The cost of travel should be discussed beforehand.
Accra is a rather criminal city. Tourists shouldn't appear in some areas and not walk alone at night.
Things to do in Accra
- Go to Independence Square. This is Accra's most important landmark, located on the Jamestown Peninsula.
- There you can also see the Independence Arch with a star on top symbolizing liberation from the colonizers.
- See old colonial buildings in Jamestown and buy the freshest seafood at the fish market.
- See a collection of African American pottery, woodwork, and bone at the National Museum founded in 1957.
- Admire the works of sculptor Eric Anang, a native of Ghana.
- Visit the Aburi Botanical Garden, located 30 km northeast of the city. It has a large collection of African plants (about 640 species).
- Go to the Ghana Playhouse Drama Theatre.
- Buy interesting souvenirs, jewelry, and more at Makola Market.
- Visit the seat of the government of Ghana, the old fortress of Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christiansborg or Asher Fort.
- Get acquainted with flora and fauna of Africa in the Shai Hills Resource Reserve, which has 90 species of birds and 400 varieties of plants and animals.
- Marvel at the mesmerizing beauty of the Akwapim hills from Akosombo Dam. Walk through cacao, coffee, and banana plantations and enjoy the beauty of the scenery of Lake Volta.
- Sunbathe on the white sand, do water sports, and explore flora and fauna of the Gulf of Guinea at one of the city's beaches. La Plage Beach, Pram Pram, and Labadi Beach are the most popular.