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About Accra

Accra is the capital of Ghana and the administrative and economic centre of the country. It's situated nearby the Atlantic Ocean.

Some of the city's main attractions are the National Museum, which reflects the heritage of Ghana from prehistoric to modern times, the National Theatre with its modern architecture, the fishing port at Jamestown and Makola Market.

Osu is a neighbourhood worth visiting: it's known for its nightlife.

Accra features a tropical savannah climate, with wet and dry seasons. The heaviest rains fall from April to July. From December through February Accra knows a dry season. The hottest month is February, with a temperature of 28°C. The "cooler" months tend to be more humid.

Our suggestions:

SLEEP The Villa Monticello (1A Mankata Avenue Link, villamonticello) is a guilty pleasure, locking out the sticky clamour of Accra in favour of marble floors, air conditioning, chunky wood and cool pools. Everything’s clean, orderly and guaranteed to lower the blood pressure after a day’s sightseeing.
EAT La Tante DC-10 (Airport By-Pass Road) is housed inside a formerly derelict DC-10 which stood outside Marina Mall for years, before the restaurant refit. Inside, it’s surprisingly sleek – even keeping the reclining airline seats – and serves typical Ghanian dishes including grilled tilapia.
ACTIVITIES

  • The National Museum of Ghana (2B Barnes Road, www.ghanamuseums.org/national-museum.php) is essential for first-time visitors to Accra, taking you through the country’s colonial history and the effects of slavery. Make sure you have a cheerful activity lined up for afterwards, as some of the exhibitions are pretty heart-wrenching.
  • Parts of the Jamestown district date back to the 17th century and the narrow cobbled streets are a mishmash of Accra’s history. Among the old forts and lighthouse, you’ll find the fish market and harbour, chaotic street markets and food stalls. Visit Jamestown Walking Tours (High Street, www.jamestownwalkingtours.wordpress.com) to get the most out of your visit.
  • Twenty-five minutes’ drive down a bumpy track, and a short canoe ride across the water, is Bojo beach – a slab of Caribbean sand right there in Accra. The sand is golden, the water blue and it’s well-maintained, with lifeguards on duty during daylight hours. Be warned, there’s a GHS8/€1.64 fee, and you’re not allowed to take food or drink onto the beach, you have to buy it there.
PRACTICAL INFO The only way to Accra from the airport is by taxi, which queue at car park 2, close to the arrivals exit. Journeys to Nkrumah Circle or Osu should costs around GHS33/€7, but make sure you agree a price before getting in. The journey time to central Accra is anywhere between 25 and 60 minutes, depending on traffic.

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