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. The city's tendrils reach out towards the beach, the centre and the west, each one a different Ghanaian experience.
The city doesn't have any heavy-hitting sights like Cape Coast or Elmina but it does have good shopping, excellent nightlife and definitely the best selection of eating options in Ghana.
Best places to stay in Accra
The world's messiest festivals
Street fairs can be unruly events. But when the whole purpose of the gathering is to create as much muck as possible, they move into a league of their own. Food fights are surprisingly common festival activities the world over, and more often than not the weapon of choice is the humble tomato...
Accra destination guides
Best of cosmopolitan Africa
In this excerpt from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, celebrate Africa and submerge yourself in some of the world's most surprising cities. 1. Windhoek, Namibia Guys in lederhosen clink steins of sweet beer, juicy slowcooked sausages scent the air, and oompah bands get the crowd dancing like chickens...
West Africa Cruise - Cape Town to Marrakech
People have been exchanging customs and ideas in Western Africa as long as there have been people. Now, it’s your turn. From the MS Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do.
Accra to Freetown
Encounter mountains, beaches and mud roads on this epic West African adventure. Explore Ghana's buzzing capital Accra, walk among tree canopies in Kakum National Park and travel along the stunning Altantic coast to the beaches of Elmina.