Accra is the capital of Ghana, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. The local language in Accra is Ga, but Twi (pronounced 'chwee'), Ewe (pronounced ayvay), Hausa, and English are also widely spoken. Accra has rich modern buildings and dusty shanty towns .Makola Market is the city's vast, colorful bazaar. Popular seafront spots Labadi Beach and Kokrobite Beach offer golden sand and high-energy nightlife.
Visit Accra, Africa's most livable city and the beauty of its Gold coast and national parks. Feel the cosmopolitan Afro-Western vibe in Ghana's capital Accra at its busy markets, restaurants and museums. Experience the vitality at Kumasi's massive Kejetia Market, then visit surrounding craft villages and learn about Ashanti culture at the Centre for National Culture.
Best Time to Visit Accra?
Accra gets very hot and humid, so the best time of year to go is really during the dry season from November to April.
It's still going to be hot, average temperatures range around 85F year round, but you'll avoid the humidity to a certain extent along with the bugs. As far as festivals and events, it feels like every weekend is festive in Accra, so there is no specific week or time of year that is essential not to miss.
What to see in Accra?
Makola market is fantastically hectic, everything you ever thought could possibly be bought or sold can be found here. Unlike some of the bars in Accra, this is a place teeming with women.
Labadi Beach or more properly known as La Pleasure Beach is the busiest beach on Ghana's coast. It is one of Accra's beautiful beaches and is maintained by the local hotels. Labadi Beach is near Teshie in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. On holidays and weekends there are often performances of reggae, hiplife, Playback, and cultural drumming and dancing.
Osu is hip and happening on Oxford Street (Cantonments Road). Some of Accra's best restaurants, bars and shops are on this drag. Stalls selling fake rolex watches, pirated CD's and football shirts line the street, traffic is bumper to bumper, all adding to the general exuberant atmosphere.
The National Museum has wonderful displays about Ghana's culture and history including the slave-trade, and Ashanti Kingdom. The museum is open daily from 9am - 5pm.
Artists Alliance Gallery has huge metal sculptures mix with antique Asafo flags, kente cloth, furniture, and fantastic masks. One of Ghana's most respected artists, Ablade Glover is responsible for this three story treasure-trove.