Places in Ghana
Ghana's beating heart probably won't inspire love letters, but you might just grow to like it. The capital's hot, sticky streets are perfumed with sweat, fumes and yesterday's cooking oil. Like balloons waiting to be burst, clouds of dirty humidity linger above stalls selling mangoes, banku (fermented maize meal) and rice.
Once the capital of the rich and powerful Ashanti kingdom, Ghana's second city is still dripping with Ashanti traditions. Its heart, the huge Kejetia market, throbs like a traditional talking drum and its wares spill into the city so that no matter where you are in Kumasi, it sometimes feels like one enormous marketplace.
This region is more than just the cultural heartland of the country and the historic centre of the Ashanti. Besides Kumasi, which is the historic seat of royalty, a major urban centre and the transport hub of the region, there are rural areas, villages and forests, handicrafts, butterflies and monkeys all within striking distance.
Stretching 500km from the Ivory Coast to Togo, the coastline is Ghana’s premier attraction. It’s dotted with wonderful palm-lined beaches and the imposing remains of European coastal forts that once serviced the gold and later the slave trade. Tuesday and Friday are the primary market days in Elmina and Cape Coast, and Tuesday is also the traditional day off for fishermen.
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