The I love Accra sign on Accra's bustling Oxford Street

Best places to discover and see in Accra

Planning a trip to Ghana’s capital and largest city? Wondering what you should see? In my blog posts below I explore some of the best places to discover and see in Accra.

Accra’s Oxford Street is a lively experience on foot and I’ve discussed my 8 favourite things to do and see on this bustling road. A trip to sprawling Makola Market will leave you wide eyed and sensory overloaded, but visiting this market that was founded in 1924 is an essential part of an Accra trip and one you will never forget!

And if that leaves you a little exhausted, a visit to Accra’s Central Mosque is a peaceful place to sit quietly, meditate and marvel at this incredible structure that is modeled on the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. A day trip to the Shai Hills Resource Reserve to do a hike to see the wondrous baobab trees will also leave you peacefully rejuvenated.

To learn more about Ghana’s history I propose a visit to the Osu Castle (previously known as the Christiansborg castle) in Accra which has a fascinating history of a black chief who staged a revolt, took control of the castle in the late 1600’s, stole the keys and never returned them! As well as a walk through the Kwame Nkruma Memorial Park and a visit to the Independence/Black Star Square where you will see the impressive Independence Arch.

If you are in Accra on the first or third Saturdays of the month, a visit to the Du Bois Centre for the Green Butterfly Market is a must where you can leisurely peruse all sorts of gorgeous Ghanaian handmade items for sale under the shade of beautiful old trees. And keep a look out for vibrant murals scattered across the city or take a walk to the Ako Adjei interchange to admire the walls that have been transformed into street art by talented graffiti artists.

My favourite way to discover the city has been to walk it! If you get the chance I can highly recommend doing walking tours of areas of Accra. See my post about a tour I did of Jamestown with Jamestown Walking Tours. Soon I will be writing about walking through Nima with Ghana Nima Tours.

I hope you enjoy exploring all Accra has to offer!

The Magical Madness of Makola Market in Accra, Ghana

Makola market is one of those places that expats here seem to love, hate or tolerate for a once off touristy outing. I fall into the first category and this doesn’t surprise me when I think back to how much I used to enjoy trips with my mom to the Durban fleamarkets. Did you know…

Much Needed Mosque Meditation at the Accra Central Mosque

We arrive back in Accra at the beginning of January from our wonderful, busy Christmas trip to Durban. Read about the time we spent in the bush on safari here and about the South African home comforts and things we bring back with us here.   In the three weeks that we have been out…

Beautiful Baobab encounters on a hike in the Shai Hills in greater Accra, Ghana

“Guys there’s a walk leaving in 15 minutes!” our friend calls from outside. It is our final morning waking up to the view of a gorgeous tiered chandelier hanging over our heads and its tiny curved pieces are gently swaying to the breeze of the fan. We are having a luxurious Sunday morning coffee in…

Neighbourhood history lessons of a sneaky black chief who tricked the Danes for a while – a visit to Osu Castle in Accra, Ghana.

A long time ago on this beach in Accra…. I look at the photo of the beach that I had taken the previous day and I picture Nicholas, our art teacher standing there over 30 years ago. A young student taking photos of the castle for artistic inspiration, with his film camera. Innocently considering the…

Nay to all that marketing but YAY for the monthly Green Butterfly market in Accra, Ghana!

Life is simpler here! One of the things I love about living in Ghana is that there is no consumerist culture. I hardly go to the mall unless we need something from Game or Shoprite or we make a rare trip to the one of the two movie cinemas in Accra. I don’t miss being…

Ghana street art – graffiti artists brighten up the city of Accra, one vibrant mural at a time!

All over Accra artists are transforming dull walls and spaces into vibrant Ghana street art depicting the country’s rich culture and bold colours! The talented minds and hands of Ghana’s graffiti street artists are hard at work beautifying the city, one incredible mural at a time! A new metal street artwork in Accra… A few…

Red and white lighthouse in Jamestown Accra

A walking tour of Jamestown, Accra – a place of resilience and beauty

A year ago when my mom came to visit us, we first discovered Jamestown. Along with Usshertown these are the oldest districts of Accra. With its iconic bright red and white lighthouse and vibrant colourful buildings, this fishing town is an enlivening place to walk through, and although the extreme poverty will likely leaving you heartbroken and humbled, it is the overwhelming sense of resilience of its people that makes the biggest impression, and this strength pulses through the town like a heart pounding after a strenuous run.

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