As the capital of Ghana, Accra is a great starting point for discovering the country's tourism landscape. From shopping in open-air markets to exploring the city’s landmarks, you’ll find a wealth of things to see and do here.
Accra’s cityscape is a wonderful representation of the various cultures that have lived here. At Osu Castle, you’ll find signs of Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Akwamu and British rule. Besides checking out its numerous rooms, you can also savour coastal views from the terrace of this 17th-century fort. To learn about the freedom struggle of Ghana, head to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, built in honour of a national hero and the country’s first president who is interred here. The park's towering, black marble-clad structure holds a museum highlighting stories about Ghana’s history. The Independence Square nearby, with the Independence Arch and Black Star Gate, is also worth a visit. For a change of pace, the city’s beaches – Labadi and Bojo – offer lively waterfront bars where you can dance the night away.
Indulging in retail therapy is easy in Accra, for the city has a host of markets and malls to choose from. If you’re looking for traditional handicrafts or artworks, Makola Market is just the place for you. In its open-air environs, you can bargain for food, fabrics and everything in between. For an upscale shopping experience, make your way to Accra Mall, home to international retail stores, cinema, restaurants and more. Koala Shopping Center, with two locations in Accra, is popular too.