Flights to Accra Accra is Ghana’s capital and largest city and it’s situated on the coast in the south of the country. Accra has grown into quite the metropolis and is becoming increasingly popular with tourists as new hotels, restaurants and nightclubs are added alongside British colonial buildings, museums and monuments.
Flights to Accra arrive at the Kotoka International Airport (airport code: ACC) which is about 10 kilometres away from the downtown area. You will be able to choose from a number of flights to Accra when coming from South Africa, including a direct flight with South African Airways, and Air Namibia. You can also choose a flight to Accra with Ethiopian Airlines, flying via Addis Ababa, or with Kenya Airways and their route will take you via Gabarone as well as Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Accra:
The National Museum
Ghana’s National Museum is here in Accra and is a good place to start any visit to the city as it gives insight into the history and culture of Accra and Ghana as a whole. There are many cultural exhibits including arts and crafts, paintings and pottery, alongside descriptions as to how they were used and their significance. The history sections describe Ghana’s history, especially the most significant events in the country’s history.
Independence Square and Arch
Accra’s Independence Square celebrates the country’s independence from Britain in 1957 and is a large space with the Independence Arch at its centre, and an eternal flame.
Known also as Fort Christiansborg, and sometimes simply as The Castle, this historic structure is situated in the Osu neighbourhood of Accra, right on the coast. The fort was originally built by the Danish in the 1660s, but has changed hands between several nations since this time, and has benefited from rebuilding at numerous points in its history. This is a tourist attraction but Osu Castle is also the seat of government for Accra and Ghana, so although you can enter, some access will be restricted.
The oldest part of Accra is called Jamestown and it offers a wonderful look at how Accra would have been. The area hasn’t been restored that much though it is gaining in popularity anyway, for its landmarks like the lighthouse and old customs house. There are some quaint streets in this part of Accra, and the traditional industry of fishing is still going very strong.
Beaches in Accra
There are several beaches in Accra, including those that are right by the city centre, and some that are a little farther out. Labadi Beach is the most popular and is actually one of the busiest on the whole coast of Ghana. If you’re staying in one of the beachfront hotels you can use the beach for free, or there’s a small admission charge if you’re not. Because the beach is maintained by the hotels you know it’s going to be clean and well kept.
When Should You Visit?:
Accra is quite a dry city, receiving just a small amount of precipitation over the course of the year, but heaviest in April, May and June. The city is very sunny all year round and average highs don’t vary much, from 27C to 31C, being at the higher end from November to May.