From New York to Accra
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Accra is Ghana’s largest and Capital City, with an estimated urban population of nearly 2.5 million. It is also the 11th largest metropolitan area on the African Continent. Accra and Ghana were often referred to as the Gold Coast when they were a colonial Country. Book your flights to Accra (ACC) with Kenya Airways and explore the bustling city with a laid-back personality.
Accra is full of historical sites, and is vibrant City that never seems to stop. It was officially incorporated and classed into a city in the early 1960’s.
November to April is the best time to visit Accra. Ghana is a hot and humid Country and these months are generally the most bearable.
When visiting Accra you need to have a valid entry Visa, and if you are a Commonwealth National you will need to have either a Visa or entry permit issued by the Ghanaian Consulate. Check the latest Ghana visa requirements
Depending on what time of year you are travelling to Accra will influence what you need to pack. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with.
You currently do not need any vaccinations when travelling to Accra. You should make sure by asking your Travel Agent a few months prior to your visit.
The Kotoka International Airport acts as Accra’s main airport that is used for both commercial and military purposes. Accra has a vast network of taxis, but many of these Taxis do not have meters, so some negotiation might be needed in order to lower the price. There are other taxis, trains and buses that can be used for public transportation.
Ghana's most populous city with nearly three million people, Accra boasts glittering beaches, monumental buildings, museums, libraries, galleries, traditional markets and lively nightlife. All of which make Accra a beautiful highly anticipated tourist destination.
Accra has an Atlantic beachfront and the most popular of the city's beaches is Labadi Beach, along with Kokrobite Beach, which is located 25 kilometres west of Accra. The beachfront area also houses the Academy of African Music and Arts. Take a cultural wander through the National Museum. The National Museum offers visitors a look at Ghanaian history and culture from prehistory to the present. Cultural exhibits include clothing, thrones, carvings, paintings, pottery, and a variety of instruments and tools used in various rituals. The Historical exhibits feature some of the most influential and important parts of Ghana's history, particularly the slave trade.
There is also a fascinating exhibit of the history of the Ghanaian currency. Artists Alliance Gallery is another place of interest. It is an Artist-run gallery over 3 floors with sculptures, fabrics and paintings. It covers everything from cheap wooden artifacts for a few dollars, to expensive paintings by the top artists in Ghana. Visitors can also simply browse in a relaxed gallery without being hassled to buy.
Osu, a suburb of Accra has many trendy restaurants, and is known for its nightlife.
Café Dez Amis: A concept lifestyle eatery is situated close to Osu, next door to Jubilee House and the French embassy. Offering gourmet coffees, sandwiches, salads, as well as cold fresh juices. Other popular eateries in Osu include Livingstone Safari Restaurant, Haveli (Indian Cuisine), Papaye (Fast Food), Asanka Locals (Traditional Ghanaian Cuisine) and Noble House Restaurant (Indian and Chinese Cuisine).
Founded in the 17th century by the Ga people, Accra became the capital of the British Gold Coast in 1877. Following Ghana's independence in 1957, Accra became the capital of the newly independent state.
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