Accra Travel Guide

The tropical port city of Accra lies on the Atlantic coast and is famous for its gold-sand beaches, flavourful dishes, vibrant clothing prints and exhilarating nightlife. A rich history lingers throughout the country's capital, but its true beauty springs from the community spirit of its warm-hearted locals.

Though Accra is the smallest region in Ghana, it is by far the most densely populated. Founded in the 17th century, the city became an important Dutch port and the administrative capital for the British Gold Coast. A long and colourful history has made Accra home to many significant cultural and historic sites, including Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Osu Castle, the WEB DuBois Memorial Centre, the National Museum, and the Artists Alliance Gallery.

Jamestown is the oldest part of Accra, and is a busy harbour and fishing centre. The best time to visit is early in the morning, when small fishing boats bring in the day's catch. After that, visitors can explore old buildings such as the lighthouse, customs house, and the old colonial fort.

Labadi Beach is the most popular destination in Accra. The short stretch of sand is situated between two luxury hotels, and offers swimming and sunbathing, and local entrepreneurs provide everything from food and souvenirs to pony rides and dancing shows. A small entrance fee is charged for the beach, and a slightly higher rate includes access to the pool and sauna at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

Accra is a growing metropolis, and there are several shopping malls and plenty of trendy restaurants to suit any taste. Foodies should make a point of trying some local dishes, such as Kenkey and fried fish, and red-red, which is a stew of beans, red palm oil, tomato paste, and flavorings such as garlic, ginger, chili, and onions.