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The capital of Ghana, Accra is a vibrant, bustling city with a laid-back personality. Despite the hustle and bustle of the crowds in the streets and markets, Accra seems to have its own, easy pace that reflects the friendliness and warmth of the local people.

Accra highlights

Book a flight to Accra with Qatar Airways and you’ll uncover a city of charming contradictions, where outside you’ll find street traders selling freshly-opened coconuts, and inside you’ll find air-conditioned shopping malls offering both designer clothes and local crafts.

  • Tourist attractions

    Whether you’re visiting Accra on your own, as a couple, or with the whole family, there are plenty of things to see and do. It’s almost impossible to travel to Accra and not feel tempted to visit a beach. While all the beaches in the area are spectacular, Labadi Beach stands out from the rest. With powder-soft white sands and crystal-clear waters fringed by palm trees, this spectacular beach is a tropical paradise. Visit the beach on the weekend and you’re likely to see local drumming displays accompanied by traditional dancing.

    Jamestown is Accra’s oldest district and attracts plenty of tourists travelling to Accra. Dusty stone buildings lead down to the local harbour, where you can see fishermen bringing in an exciting array of seafood, including bass, mackerel and flounder. The harbour is easy to find – just trust your nose and follow the delicious sent of smoking fish. You may also see locals making Kenkey – a type of sourdough dumpling – using huge pestle and mortars on the sides of the streets. Jamestown also has a lively arts scene, evident with its live music and art galleries that seem to be everywhere you turn.

  • Leisure activities

    If there’s one thing the locals are passionate about in Accra, it’s sports. Most of the beaches will play host to an impromptu football match, a game of volleyball or even a hockey match. Anyone visiting Accra with even a passing interest in sport ought to  visit the Accra Sport Stadium and try and catch a football match. The local team is known as the Accra “Hearts of Oak” and the games are exciting, passionate affairs.

    If your idea of sporting activity is slightly more leisurely, make sure to hire a five-iron or two and head over to the Achimora Golf Club. With 18 holes and a beautiful, woodland setting, the course is  challenging enough to test the skills of even the most dedicated golfer. If you’re new to the sport,  introductory courses and lessons are on offer. However, if that’s too much for you, hunt out Marvels Mini-Golf centre in Dzorwulu, - perfect for when you’re visiting Accra with children.

  • Food

    For an authentic taste of Accra, Jamestown is peppered with street-food stalls, serving a variety of local snacks. The Accran style of eating involves you building your own buffet: pick up some Kenkey from one stall, some smoked fish from another and top it all with a spicy sauce, known as ‘Shito’, from another.

    However, if you’re looking for a special night out, Accra’s city centre is packed with restaurants, with fine-dining and haute cuisine meals available from almost every corner of the globe. The city’s Cantonments Road is the epicentre of dining out.

  • Shopping

    It would be almost unthinkable to travel to Accra and not spend some time in one of the many markets. Makola Market is the biggest and the oldest, and  the place to pick up some unique and quirky gifts to take back home. You can find everything from shoes and local vegetables to traditional Ghanaian headwear and clothing. Don’t be put off by the crowds; the locals enjoy meeting visitors and will go out of their way to ensure your experience is a good one.

    For upmarket goods, the Osu district houses luxury brand and chain stores.

Essential facts about Accra

Enjoy a hassle-free journey with all the information you need to know before your trip


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