Accra

Independence Arch, Accra, Ghana © Stig Nygaard
Though the smallest region in Ghana, Accra is by far its most densely populated. Founded in the 17th century, the city became an important Dutch port and the administrative capital for the British Gold Coast.

Because of its long and colourful history, Accra is home to many significant cultural and historic sites, including Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, The National Archives of Ghana, 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 to see the small fishing boats bringing in the day's catch; from there visitors can explore old buildings like the lighthouse, customs house, and the old colonial fort.

For a relaxing day spent enjoying the Ghanaian sunshine, the most popular destination in Accra is Labadi Beach. The short stretch of sand, situated between two luxury hotels, 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. Osu, one of the city's suburbs, is a popular restaurant and nightlife hub in Accra, offering a wide variety of restaurants and bars around Oxford Street.



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