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Ghana’s sea-facing capital is a chaotic city which takes some understanding to appreciate. Catering to an international business crowd as well as a growing number of tourists, Accra is a place of stark contrasts. In the financial center, glass-fronted buildings gleam in the Ghanaian sun, with well-to-do locals and business visitors enjoying the westernized shopping mall. In the downtown district meanwhile, minivans, taxis, animals, and people swarm the streets, the smells of street food, exhaust, and hot tarmac wafting overhead.

Things to see

Accra’s Independence Square has an almost soviet feel about it, with the modernist architecture of the hulking Independence Arch and a vast plaza, suitable for huge rallies. Unless there is a festival or national event taking place, the square is eerily empty, apart from the odd soldier. The arch still carries the eternal flame of independence, a torch which has been burning continuously since 1961. Plunge back into the sea of humanity in Accra’s Makola Market. The swell of the crowd will carry you from one stall to the next, past colorful fabrics, traditional clothes, homewares, car parts, and fresh produce. It’s a whirlwind, but it’s the place to come for bargain souvenirs and to sample cheap local dishes. After seek out a quieter spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, a tribute to Ghana’s first president. Bronze statues and trickling fountains lead to another soviet-style monument, which houses Nkrumah’s tomb.

Hotels in Accra

Accra hotels range from business luxury to backpacker budget, so there are plenty to choose between. There are some up-market resort hotels, with pool areas, sunloungers, spas, and casino - if you want a relaxed beach holiday, these are the hotels to come to. Accra’s downtown area offers mid-range and budget hotels, with amenities including complimentary WiFi and continental breakfasts. Some of the larger, international-brand hotels have spas and fitness centers, while smaller guesthouses provide Ghanaian furnishings and characterful rooms. There are also a range of 4 and 5 star hotels set up for the business community, further from the beach.

Where to stay

Labadi Beach, east of the center, is Accra’s largest and most popular beach. Here, you’ll find the best resort hotels, which offer ocean views and free access to the beach. There are bars and restaurants close by, if you fancy a change from the hotel options. If you want to stay downtown, close to Accra’s main sights, Osu district provides the best of the dining and entertainment. It has numerous trendy restaurants serving international cuisine. The northern district, close to the airport and commercial centers, also has a range of hotels.

How to get to Accra

Accra’s Kotoka Airport is a major international hub, receiving flights from all over the world. From the airport, it’s about a 15 minute journey to the center, though the modern commercial district and some of the hotels are much closer. There is an official taxi stand at the airport, which regulates fares, so it’s worth finding it to avoid overpaying for a taxi. Car hire is not recommended unless you are very familiar with Ghana’s roads and traffic, but it is possible to hire a car with a driver for a relatively low price in order to get around the city.