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Sprawled along the Atlantic coast in southeast Ghana, Accra is the country's largest city and capital. Over 2 million people live in the city, which is now considered one of Africa's most developed cities. Accra is known for an invigorating nightlife - one of Africa's liveliest - and a range of important national monuments. Old colonial architecture, a reminder of the country's past under the British empire, stands alongside modern resorts, developed to welcome the growing tourist industry. Accra was established in the late 17th century by the local Ga people. It became an significant port, acting as a trading port for Portuguese ships. Accra became the capital of Ghana in 1877.
Accra has a range of historic buildings which are well worth checking out.
Osu Castle, also known as Fort Christianborg, is located in the capital and the building is the current seat of government. The original fort was built by the Danes in the mid 17th century, although the fort has been reconstructed several times. It has also switched between the hands of several different powers. During British rule the fort was made into the seat of government. Sadly today the fort is not open to the public and photography is limited for reasons of national security.
Held annually in Accra, this unique event takes place in the Holy Gardens, which turn into an open-air venue for screenings. The event is attended by thousands of movie-goers in June and features documentaries and various other genres. It is aimed at entertainment and education, but themes vary each year, though they always revolve around the environment.
Accra is hot and humid yearround, with temperatures around 30 °C on most days. February to May is a bit hotter, when even nights are very warm at 26 °C on average. Although the rainy season lasts from May to October, there generally is a peak in May/June and another in October, while in between it is relatively dry. Accrra is also drier and sunnier compared to places just a bit more inland.
|Avg Max||32.1 °C||32.7 °C||32.5 °C||32.2 °C||31.2 °C||29.3 °C||28.5 °C||28 °C||29 °C||30.5 °C||31.6 °C||31.7 °C|
|Avg Min||23.4 °C||24.1 °C||24.1 °C||24.2 °C||23.9 °C||23.1 °C||22.5 °C||22.2 °C||22.4 °C||23.9 °C||23.5 °C||23.4 °C|
|Rainfall||10.9 mm||21.8 mm||57.1 mm||96.8 mm||131.2 mm||221 mm||66 mm||28 mm||67.8 mm||62.4 mm||27.7 mm||16.1 mm|
Kotoka International Airport (ACC) near Accra is the main gateway to Ghana. International destinations include Johannesburg, London and Lagos. KLM flies to and from Amsterdam directly. British Airways and Lufthansa fly to London and Frankfurt respectively and New York and Atlanta are served by Delta Airlines. Alitalia flies to Milan. Other airlines and cities served are mainly within the West African region, but Cairo, Washington, D.C., Istanbul, Dubai, Casablanca, Beirut and Johannesburg have flights as well, mostly with their respective national airlines. ASKY Airlines has most services, including Banjul, Lomé, Dakar, Conakry, Freetown, Ouagadougou, Monrovia, Abidjan, Cotonou and Bamako. Domestic services from Accra include Kumasi, Sunyani, Takoradi and Tamale with Antrak Air and CitYlinK.
There is a rail line connecting the cities of Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi and several intervening towns.
STC operate between Accra and Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale, Cape Coast and other main cities and there are fast aircon express services, as well as slower buses.
|Crystal Hostel||P. O. Box 56 Darkuman||Hostel||85|
|Hansonic Hotel||Hansonic Odokor Area (4minutes to Accra Airport)||Hostel||-|
|Legassi Gardens||Addis Avenue Pokuase Junction||Apartment||67|
|Paloma Hotel & Suites||box 3727, Accra Ghana W/A MR. PATRICK MATTOUK||Hotel||-|
|Pink Hostel||P.O Box 9732 KIA Asylum Down||Hostel||61|
|Sikaso Beach Hostel||PMB 52 Kakramadu Road Cantonment||Hostel||-|
|Travella Lodge||P.O. Box 4715||Hostel||-|
|African Royal Beach Hotel||DTD 51 Beach Drive Nungua Greater Accra Region||Hotel||-|
|Meaglent Hotel||Plot 1 Pantang Road Adenta-Accra||Hotel||-|
|J2N Guest House||A8 Almond Road, Lashibi (Regimanuel) Comm. 19 Tema||Guesthouse||-|
|El'Orr Castle & the Jazz Court||Off Atomic Hills Estate Road New Ashongman - Accra||Hotel||-|
|Paintsiwa Apartment||5th Lane Avenue||Hostel||-|
|Meet Me There African Home Lodge||Dzita Anloga Volta Region||Guesthouse||-|
|Wolton Guest House||2nd close Adogon Buade Rd. Nungua Accra box 222 Nungua Accra||Guesthouse||-|
|Emperor Suite||F88/6 Labone Crescent, North Labone||Hotel||-|
|Chelsea Inn||35/16 Jogis Estate Trasacco Valley Estates||Guesthouse||-|
|Osdahouse||4 Greve Crescent Laterbiokoshie||GUESTHOUSE||94|
|Junior Royal Guest House Inn||6TH AMARH DIN AVE. TS443 TESHIE DEMO||Guesthouse||-|
|Kalis Lodge||H.N.F. 52-53, Damascus Close Community 20, Lashibi, Ghana||Guesthouse||-|
|Xi Lodge||Nii Afotey Brutu II Road Adjinganor, East Legon||Guesthouse||-|
|Paradise Lodge||23 Gold Street Paradise Residential Area||Guesthouse||-|
|Alisa Hotel||Dr Isert Rd Ridge||Hotel||-|
|Vacation Inn||Abavana junction Kotobabi||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|African Regent - Hotel||237/238 Airport West||HOTEL||-|
|Samartine Hotel||4th Avenue West 19||HOTEL||-|
|Spintex Inn||No. 1 Fourth Nii Kwaofio Link Baatsonaa Accra G||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Soriania Hotel||69 Spintex Road||HOTEL||-|
|Access Inn||178/4 Otswe Street Osu Ako Adjei, Greater Accra||HOSTEL||-|
|Accra Lodge||No. 23 Gold Street Paradise Residential Area Pillar 2||Apartment||-|
|Jamaica Inn||P.O.BOX WJ 110 Weija||GUESTHOUSE||-|
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