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Pocket Guide: Accra

Welcome to Accra

With a population of three million living in this city on the Atlantic coast of Ghana, Accra has been the country’s capital since 1877, which means there is a wealth of history and culture to explore.

Vibrant and bustling, Accra can be an intense introduction to Ghana, but take some time to explore its fine museums, colourful markets and historic neighbourhoods, and you will be sure to understand why this city has long been such a popular draw for visitors to Ghana.

Accra’s Capital-City Attractions

As the capital of Ghana, Accra is home to some of the main public monuments, museums and other important national institutions of the country. Don’t miss the National Museum with its permanent exhibition telling the story of Ghana through its collection of historical and cultural artefacts.

On Independence Square you will see the famous black star – the symbol of the country – atop a monumental arch, erected to celebrate the country’s independence from British rule in 1957.

Other landmarks include the neighbourhood of Jamestown, the oldest in Accra, which is still one of Ghana’s most important fishing centres. Head for the Jamestown Lighthouse to explore the narrow streets and half-hidden alleyways.

The most popular of Accra’s beaches is at Labadi, about five miles from the centre, where you can enjoy the beach bars, live music and other performances that make it a great weekend party venue.

Culture and Nightlife in Accra

Accra has a justifiably good reputation when it comes to nightlife. Join many other visitors heading for the bars, restaurants and clubs of Oxford Street in the Osu neighbourhood of the city. Osu is also home to some of the city’s best restaurants, where you can try some traditional Ghanaian cuisine. Local dishes to tuck in to include banku, a dough made of corn and cassava, and kenkey, a cornmeal dumpling wrapped in banana leaves, both of which are often served with hot pepper sauce and fried fish.

For an intense experience for all the senses, and to get a feeling for the different produce that is used in Ghanaian cuisine, head to the Makola Market. Beyond all the food you can buy, the stands and stalls at Makola in the city centre are packed with textiles, clothes and other crafts, and the hustle and bustle of the market is a must-experience for any visitor to Accra.

Find Your Hotel in Accra

With so much to experience in Accra, you need to be sure of finding the perfect place to base yourself during your time in the city. Thankfully there is a range of hotels and other accommodation in Accra to choose from, including hotels with a pool and romantic hotels, luxury hotels and guest lodges. You’ll also find business hotels and hotels with WiFi if you’re in Accra and Ghana on business. Whatever you are looking for, from a five-star hotel to a budget-friend hostel or guesthouse, you are sure to find great accommodation in Accra for your visit.