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8/29/2018
What to see and do in Accra
What to see and do in Accra

Ghana is a country on the rise and there’s nowhere better to witness this transformation than its bustling capital Accra. Set on the Gulf of Guinea, the city is a welcoming and fascinating place to visit, with a mixture of beaches, urban charm and artistry.

Alluring Accra

Accra is a city where tradition and progress live side by side, with the burgeoning middle classes helping to drive impressive development. The result is a lively metropolis brimming with character and ambition - its population enjoying the benefits of a society beginning to make an impression on the world stage.

This thriving African culture gives visitors an insight into both its colourful past and exciting future. Accra has a brilliant food scene and is renowned across the continent for its vibrant nightlife. Whatever it is you are looking for, the Ghanaian capital will deliver, with a wide variety of attractions and landmarks to please all kinds of guest.

Visiting Accra

Kotoka International Airport is the largest in the country, with three terminals connected by an official walkway. The airport is seven miles away from the city centre and taxis are available outside the main arrivals gates.

Alternatively, check with your hotel to see if they run a transfer service. Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra offers a private car pick up service from the airport to the hotel, while also providing a complimentary shared hourly airport shuttle. If you would rather drive yourself, there are a number of car rental firms based at the airport.

To get around the city, STC buses are a great option. The initials stand for State Transportation Corporation and their vehicles offer cheap and reliable transport all over Accra.

Another economical way of exploring the city is by Tro Tro - privately owned minibuses which have predetermined routes. Tro Tros pass by all the major sites so are a viable option for those looking to sightsee.

In a growing and busy city, it’s important to base yourself in the right location and the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra is perfectly placed - within reach of major attractions and transport options.

Accra’s Cuisine

Ghanaian cuisine tends to vary a lot across the country and is particularly linked to the season. Carbohydrate bases such as rice are present in the majority of dishes and are often accompanied by locally grown crops, like beans, corn and yam.

Jollof rice is a favourite across the nation and visitors should try it during their time in Ghana. Rice is combined with tomatoes, herbs and spices to create an inviting accompaniment to meat, usually chicken.

Fufu is another staple across the country and consists of pounded plantain and cassava served with soup. The soups are often tomato-based, but can also include nuts or vegetables.

Being located right by the ocean, it is unsurprising that fish is so central to the Accra culinary scene. Freshwater tilapia is a particular local favourite and usually comes served with banku, a dough made of fermented corn and cassava.

Must-sees

Blessed with a wealth of golden beaches, impressive galleries and buzzing markets, Accra provides visitors with an incredibly varied range of things to do and see. Here we run through some of our favourites, from malls to mausoleums.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian leader who helped his country gain independence from Britain in the 1950s. This momentous act is memorialised in a park which houses the icon’s mausoleum and a number of imposing bronze statues. The site is perfect for a relaxing stroll, while appreciating the impact that Nkrumah had on the history of the Ghana.

 

Artists Alliance Gallery

The Ghanaian capital is a hive of artistic talent and the Artists Alliance Gallery helps showcase the local works. With paintings, ceramics and sculptures displayed over three impressive floors, visitors can gain an insight into the country’s history and identity. The gallery offers group tours but private viewings can be arranged upon request. Trips to the centre can be combined with visits to Labadi Beach, as the gallery is found just a short walk away.

Labadi Beach

Accra has a wonderful selection of beaches, but Labadi Beach is a particular highlight. The Atlantic Ocean dazzles in front of golden sands, while a range of coastal attractions, like live music and street food, entertain people further inland. A variety of restaurants and bars line the beach, making Labadi the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.

 

Jamestown

Seventeenth century Jamestown is a neighbourhood where character and colours flow through colonial architecture. The area is renowned for its authenticity and visitors can experience the true essence of Accra by strolling amongst its shacks and harbour. Fort James is well worth a visit, with its checkered and fascinating past, as well as the iconic lighthouse, which offers brilliant views to all those who climb its spiral stairs.

 

Whatever you plan on doing while in Accra, the team at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra would be delighted to help you plan your trip, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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