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City Guide, Accra


Accra is the capital city of Ghana in West Africa. Almost two million people live in Accra, making it Ghana's most populated city. Accra is a sprawling city, with a mixture of modern buildings, shanty towns, occasional castle and lively markets. The central commercial hub is around the Makola Market (pictured here). Just south of the market is the Atlantic ocean (Gulf of Guinea). Accra's shanty towns are mostly to the west of the city center. East of the city center and north towards the Kotoka international airport, is where you'll find most of the hotels, embassies and smarter residential areas.


Tourist attraction


Some of the favorite Accra tourist attractions include Osu Castle, National Museum, Independance Square, The National Art Center, Aburi Botanical Gardens, Shai Resource Reserve, Du Bois Memorial Center, the National Archives o f Ghana, the central Library of Ghana, the National Theater, the Accra International Conference Center, the Accra Centre for National Culture, the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture, the Ohene Djan Stadium and a lighthouse.

Another most frequently visited site during sightseeing in Accra is the The National Museum was officially opened to he public in the year 1957 on the 5th of March by the Late Princess Marina, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent. The exhibits that you will get see along with a short film which is also shown throws much light on the culture and tradition of Ghana.


Culture and entertainment


Ghanaians are very cheerful people and loves to celebrate all the major festivals and events round the year. The place has the highest number of Christians in West Africa. Seasonal celebrations like Christmas are celebrated in a grand scale and bring a whole tribe or a clan together.

Ghana has a proliferation of small museums devoted to the history and culture of its regions. Located in Accra, the National Museum of Ghana is worth adding to any itinerary and showcases many fascinating aspects of Ghanaian life. Whilst the capital city of Accra is a good place to start to get to know more about Ghana, it is also worth exploring the museums found elsewhere in the country, from Cape Coast in the south to Bolgatanga in the north.


Food and drink


International food is available in most large hotels and many restaurants serve a range of local traditional foods. In Accra there are also restaurants serving Middle Eastern, Chinese, French and other European cuisine.

Specialities:

  • Kenkey (hot peppers and fried fish, eaten mostly in the Accra region).
  • Akyeke (cassava couscous served with avocado).
  • Fufu (pounded cassava beans, yam, plantain or rice, usually accompanying traditional soups (palmnut, groundnut), kontomere and okro (stews)).
  • Fante fante (a palm oil stew with small fish, popular in the central regions).
  • Akrantee (bushmeat).

The Ghanaians drink in "spots", open-air bars, usually walled by brightly coloured boards. All well-known soft drinks like Fanta, Sprite and Coca Cola are readily available, as are the local beers Star, Club and ABC. If you want something extra strong, you should try akpeteshie (local gin), distilled palm wine, a real delicacy that's best when drunk fresh. The drink favoured at local ceremonies is schnapps


Shopping


The Accra Mall, one of the most modern shopping malls in West Africa, will be officially inaugurated on the 4th of July, 2008. The Mall, located off the Spintex Road near the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra, is the first large-scale shopping centre in Ghana. It is one of the finest shopping malls in the sub region and is comparable to other similar sized malls anywhere in the world. The pioneering retail venture, which took twenty-months to build, is the brainchild of Mr. Joseph Owusu-Akyaw, a retired career banker and now retail development expert.


Accra Map


City Office
City: Accra
Country:Ghana
Address: Cocoa House House Ground floor, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue
Mailing address: GP 3600 Accra Ghana
E-mail:AccAm@ethiopianairlines.com
Phone:(233-21) 664856/7/8
Fax:(233-21) 673968
Working hours: Mon - Fri Morning 08:00 - 12:00 Afternoon 14:00 - 17:00 Sat 09:00 - 13:00

Airport Office
Airport: Kotoka International
Address: Kotoka International Airport
Phone:00233 21 775168/778993
E-mail accapt@ethiopianairlines.com
Working hours: Mon - Fri 0800-1200 [APT Office hours subject to the seasonal flight schedule]

Kotoka International Airport

 
 
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