Accra is the vibrant capital of Ghana and one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa. Its history dates as far back as 30,000 to 40,000 years when it was founded by the Ga people. By the turn of the 17th century, Accra has gone through Portuguese, Swedish, French, Dutch and British rule with the town serving as a major gold trading centre. It was the capital of the British Gold Coast colony in 1877. Today, this bustling urban centre is the economic powerhouse of the country and is the seat of government. Holidaymakers who visit the capital will love its shops, tasty food and great nightlife.
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Things to do in Accra
A visit to Accra is an unforgettable experience for it is unlike any other city you have visited with its distinct sights, sounds and smells. Stroll through its colourful markets, sample delicious street food or haggle like a local. Relax at its beaches, explore historic museums or marvel at colonial architecture. Visitors on flights to Accra will be spoilt for choice from relaxing to exciting activities.
When visiting Accra, be sure to:
Go to the vast Independence Square and look at the Eternal Flame of Liberation
Climb to the top of the Jamestown Lighthouse for superb views of the city
Join the crowds at the lively Makola Market and browse for anything under the sun
Cool off at Labadi Beach, also known as La Pleasure Beach, and unwind or party with the locals
Hop on a tro tro (minibus) and experience the Ghanaian way of commuting in the city
Make your way out to Osu Castle, erected by the Danes in 1659 and now the seat of government
Learn about the culture and history of Ghana through the exhibits at the National Museum
Visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum built in honour of the first prime minister and president of the country
Drop in at the Cape Coast Castle, a fort originally built by the Swedes
Relax at the Aburi Botanical Gardens and soak up its serene location
Kotoka International Airport is the primary airport serving Accra. There are two terminals at the airport. Terminal 1 is primarily for domestic and reginal flights while Terminal 2 caters to international and long-haul flights. Restaurants, parking, lounges, cash dispensing machines and shops are available for the comfort and convenience of travellers.
Kotoka International Airport is located roughly 10 km from the city centre.
Passengers arriving at KIA have several options to get from the airport to their hotels: buses, metered taxis and car rentals. Non-metered cabs are also available for travellers to the city cenrtre and other destinations in the vicinity. STC buses are offered for those who wish to use public transport as well as the famous tro tros, which are shared rides in a minivan.
Airport codeACCThe IATA code of the arrival airport on flights to Accra is ACC
Popular AirlineKlm Royal Dutch AirlinesMost popular airline flying to Accra