Accra, capital of the renowned Gold coast is best known for its hustle and bustle. This notion does not usually allow most tourists and visitors to the city to enjoy what they could. Accra is a city with so much beauty in history, lifestyle and culture. Ghanaians are generally very welcoming and are always ready to be of help to anyone. We have gathered a list of places you should visit when in Accra to help you appreciate the nation’s capital better.
Jamestown can be considered the heart of history in Accra. It emerged as a small community in the 17th century establishing it as one of the oldest towns in Accra together with Usshertown. It wasn’t part of Accra by then. Now, no visitor to Accra should miss this town for anything. Jamestown has grown to become a monumental place in the history of Ghana. It houses several places of interest such as the James fort and the Jamestown lighthouse. Jamestown also serves as the location for Chale Wote, an annual Street art festival which brings art creators and art lovers together each year.
This place is purposefully kept clean hence its high rating among the beaches with the cleanest sands in Ghana. Located near Teshie, this place is a must visit. Entrance requires a small entrance fee but trust me, don’t be discouraged because the experience is worth more. The beach provides you with a better view of the Atlantic since its waters crash right into the ocean.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
The Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum contains remains of Kwame Nkrumah and that of his wife, Fathia Nkrumah. This place was established as a way of recognizing the country’s first president in special way for his bravery and exemplary leadership in attaining independence for Ghana. This facility is filled with many symbolisms typical of Ghanaians and you wouldn’t want to miss any of them. With a black star at its highest point which symbolizes unity, the mausoleum is covered with Italian marble. It is also surrounded by water which symbolizes Life. The Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum is also known as the Kwame Nkrumah memorial park.
The Makola market was Established in 1924. As with many cultures, open markets are a delight to visit. The Makola market, located at the center of Accra, will give you the full sense of rich Ghanaian history, culture and diversity. During the colonial times, many shops at the market were owned by foreigners. As part of the riots of 1948, some of these shops were burnt to ashes. The locales believed that the shortage was artificially created the gain higher profits by these shop owners. From Kantamanto (popularly known as kant) to Rawlings park, makola market provides you with virtually anything you may want from a market.
Also known as the black star square, this place is surrounded by the Accra sports stadium and the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum. It was commissioned by the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and its construction was complete in 1961. With a 30000 seater capacity, the square is the venue for the independence day parade. This falls on the 6th of March. The independence arch and the black star monument are two things you shouldn’t miss seeing when you visit.
Legon botanical gardens
If you are a lover of nature and a fan of winning challenges, the Legon botanical gardens is just the place you need. The garden is located at Legon, off the Atomic-Haatso main road. No matter your age, the Legon botanical gardens has a playground for you. If you are coming for just the food, Tayiba (in house restaurant at the gardens) is made just for you. The garden has facilities which include a children’s playground, senior and junior rope courses, a dam where you can go canoeing, a canopy walk and a large area of woodland for social events like picnics. Bird watching is also a fun activity you can undertake while at the garden.
Come adventure in the garden!