Art

The country has a fantastically exuberant art scene: Lagos is the hotspot, but there are great galleries and wonderful artisans everywhere.

Nike Art Gallery This gloriously crammed space represents the best and most vibrant of contemporary Nigerian art.

Terra Kultur An earthy arts centre in Lagos, with impressive exhibitions plus theatre, dance, books and local food.

African Artists' Foundation Supports and displays the work of young Nigerian artists.

Jimoh Buraimoh's African Heritage Gallery A workshop and gallery in art-rich Oshogbo.

Brass Casters St A link to the ancient heritage of Benin, where intricate artworks are created and sold.

Music

In this most musical of countries there's nothing like catching some live music. Here are our favourites.

Bogobiri II Afrobeat, reggae, hip hop – you'll find all sorts of sounds here: if you're feeling brave take a turn at the awesome open mic night.

New Afrika Shrine Feel the power of Fela at this Lagos club, where sons Femi and Seun Kuti keep the flame alive.

Jazz Hole This fabulously arty bookshop and record store also hosts live music.

Freedom Park An open-air Lagos venue for music festivals and one-off gigs.

Hexagon Great live music with young bands cutting it up in Benin.

Sacred Sites

Traditional culture is alive and well in Nigeria, and you'll find atmospheric sacred places throughout the country.

Osun Sacred Grove Magical artworks in the tangled foliage of a sacred Yoruba grove, cut through by a wide river.

Suzanne Wenger's House The atmospheric home of Austrian artist and Yorouba priestess Suzanne Wenger; meet her adopted family at the household shrine.

Ile-Ife The founding site of the Yoruba religion, where you may be blessed at the shrine at the Oòni's Palace.

Olumo Rock Follow in Fela Kuti's footsteps and visit the priestesses in Abeokuta, one of whom claims to be more than 130 years old.

Wildlife and nature

The country may not boast the big six animals, but Nigerian wildlife can still cast a spell.

Lekki Conservation Centre Crocs, monkeys and birds, in a reserve in an unlikely Lagos setting.

Afi Mountain Drill Ranch Watch drill monkeys and take canopy walks.

Osun Sacred Grove Patrolled by vervet moneys, and there are small crocodiles in the sacred river.

Gashaka-Gumti National Park This gloriously remote and varied park has been off the radar due to the northern insurgency, but it is hoped that visits will resume soon.