Accra – Holiday in Ghana’s Finest
Ghana’s capital and largest city, Accra is stretches on Ghanaian Atlantic coast and serves as the economic and administrative hub of the country. At an elevation of 61 meters above sea level, the city is also serves as the capital of Greater Accra Region and Accra Metropolitan District. Housing 4 million people, Accra is second largest metropolitan conglomeration in Ghana in terms of population and is the eleventh-largest metropolitan area in Africa. Acaar has come a long away from being a suburb of Victoriaborg in the 19th century to becoming a Gamma-minus-level world city. Besides being the administrative and economic hub, the city is also a major center for banking, fishing, finance and government. A prominent trading center, the history of the city goes back the era of Tumgwa We who first reached here. The city gained its due prominence during the rule of Dutch in 16th century. The Portuguese gained control over Accra in 17th century followed by Swedish, French and British. The city became the capital of Republic of Ghana in 1877. English is the official language of Accra in Ghana but the local also fluently speak Twi, Ewe and Hausa.
All flights coming to Accra land at the Kotoka International Airport – the primary airport serving the city of Accra in Ghana. It is Ghana's premiere international airport. Located around 9.7 km from the city airport, the airport handles all of the city's scheduled passenger services and is well connected to major parts of the world. The city is dominated by tropical savanna climate to semi-arid type of climate and has little variation in its annual temperature. The city remains hot and humid for most part of the year and the months from March to June and September to October receives the highest amount of rainfall. This is not a good time to visit the city as heavy downpour restricts the tourists to enjoy sightseeing or beach activities. The remaining months are comparatively drier and the month of July, August, November, December, January, February and March are good months for tourism. When planning a trip to Accra, try to coincide your holiday date with the major festivals as then you will be able to understand true culture of the people. Homowo festivals in August or September, Fetu Afahye in August-Septemeber, Aboakyir in May, Dipo in April, Hogbetsotso in November and Fork in December are the major events and festivals celebrated by the local people.
A city that features a wonderful mix of nature, heritage, mountains, landscapes, beaches and wildlife, Accra has something to offer every tourist. When in Accra, start your city tour from the National Musuem, which will allow you to have a glimpse of the rich history and heritage of the city through its varieties of displays. The Makola market is a bustling place in the city. Take a trip to James Fort, which was earlier used by Europeans for housing slaves. Labadi beach, Coco beach and Bojo beaches are the most popular beaches in the city. When in Accra, you should explore the Korkobite beach, Busua beach and Princes Town which too are illustrious for its resorts and striking attractions.
Christianborg castle (which served as Government House in 19th century), Arts Center (popular place for shopping for artifacts) and Kwame Nikruman Mausoleum (the final resting place of Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nikruman) are among the popular tourists places that you should not miss in the city.
Eating and Shopping
A growing tourist destination, Accra has many trending and upscale dining places where you can savor variety of cuisines. Most of the high end restaurants are located in Osu, which is a suburb of Accra and is home to the largest number of hotels, restaurants, discos, pubs, bars etc. Oxford Street area in Osu is the best place for entertainment in the city boasting of dozen different night venues. Though tourist in Accra can enjoy variety of cuisines in multiple restaurants, one should not miss tasting the local food. The local cuisine of Accra comprises cassava, millet, maize, yam and plantain. Beans are used as a staple food and rice is also used in some form in majority of dishes. Do not miss savoring the local nonalcoholic drink, cassava, along with grilled fish, Groundnut soup & fufu, Jollof rice, Tilapia & banku and Waakye.
Tourists in Accra can find plenty of places where they can shop their heart out. While The Accra Mall, The A&C Shopping Mall, Palace Shopping Mall and Shaaba Shopping Mall are best malls for a modern shopping experience, you should visit the Kaneshie Market, Makola market, National Cultural Centre and Wild Gecko for ethnic shopping in the city. Christmas ornaments, local crafts, souvenir, wax print, handbags, patterned cottons, shoes, batiks, local drink, beads and ready-made clothes are the things that the city is famous for.
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