GREATER ACCRA REGION

THE GREATER ACCRA REGION

INTRODUCTION

Greater Accra Region, the gateway to Ghana and home of our vibrant Capital City, is one of the most exciting and distinctive regions. Although the smallest region, it is the most densely populated, containing the two great metropolitan areas of Accra and Tema, the Country’s major industrial and commercial centres. Kotoka International Airport is located about 12km from the centre of the city.

The City of Accra has been Ghana’s capital since 1877, and contains fine public buildings reflecting its transition from a 19th century suburb of Victoriasborg to the modern metropolis it is today. Spreading along the Atlantic coast, the city is well endowed with luxury as well as great value hotels, excellent restaurants and nightclubs. A range of absorbing museums and fine public monuments, modern business and commercial areas, as well as busy markets and tree-lined residential suburbs, is ready to be explored.

Among the highlights of Accra are the National Museum, with its splendid display of exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana from prehistoric times to modern times, the National Theatre with its distinctive modern architecture, the Centre for National Culture, Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the fishing port at James Town and Makola Market.

The University of Ghana at Legon is just 14km north of Accra, and its distinctive buildings are set amongst elegant tree-lined gardens that are popular with students and visitors alike.

The Accra International Conference Centre is the lore most conference centre in the Country, and has played host to many international gatherings.

Tema, on the other land, is a new town some 30km from Accra, with Ghana’s foremost commercial port and our large fishing fleet. Its modern industrial zone is one of our major commercial hubs.

The beaches of the Atlantic coast are popular with visitors and Ghanaians alike. Labadi Pleasure Beach and Kokrobite Beach, just 25km west of Accra, are particularly popular at weekends.

Further along the coast is Ada and the estuary of the great River Volta. Here the fine beaches of the estuary and the Atlantic coast provide popular resort areas. Water-sports and river trips make this a great place to relax, while the waters off the coast teem with game fish.

Historic Sites

Independence Square

The venue for many national celebrations, dominated by the Independence Arch and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier.

The Du Bois Memorial Center for Pan-Africa Culture

A source of inspiration to many, this Center now houses a research library and gallery of manuscripts, as well as the grave of this famous African-American scholar and his wife…

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

This is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, and a famous pan-Africanist…

Cultural Events & The Arts

The National Museum & National Archives

Located on Barnes Road, this fine museum houses a fascinating collection of Ghana’s historical treasures…

The George Padmore Research Library of Africa Affairs

A famous research and educational center for Africa-American studies…

Center for National Culture – Accra

The Center’s arts and crafts bazaar and traditional textile market is the best place in Accra to find traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana.

Yosakoi Dance Festival

A festival Committee made up of the Embassy of Japan, National Theatre of Ghana and the Ghana-Japan Cultural Foundation introduced this free style street dance of “Yosakoi” to Ghanaians in December 2002 to create the unique fusion of Ghanaian and Japanese culture and to deepen friendship between peoples of two countries at grassroots level.

Places of Interest

University of Ghana at Legon

Ghana’s premier center of higher education, it was founded in 1948…

The Markets of Accra

Amongst the most famous markets of Accra are Makola market located on Kojo Thompson Road…

The National Theatre

The distinctive architectural of this modern building encompasses…

Accra Zoo

This is a small, but fascinating, collective of many birds and animals indigenous to Africa…

International Conference Centre

A 1600- seated plenary hall. It hosts international conferences, arts…

Oxford Street

As the name suggests,this is not a shopping centre but a street where you would find a cluster of very fine and unique shops, restaurants, hotels, a hospital, banks, forex bureaux, toy shops,

Academy of African Music and Art

The Kokrobite Academy of African Music and Art, Accra is located on the beautiful Southern coast of Ghana, 30 kilometres away from Accra. This authentic African holiday paradise offers a unique combination of beach and music, dance and art. The houses are built in the style…

Tema Port

Tema city and port lies in southeastern Ghana along the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean), 18 miles (29 km) east of Accra. Tema Port is the biggest of two sea ports in Ghana. It has water-enclosed area of 1.7 million square metres and a total land area of 3.9 million square metres…

James Town

folk, perhaps the most surprising aspect of James Town is its unpresupposing, village-like aspect. In general, maritime capitals usually have industrial installations corresponding to their importance…

Loom Art Gallery

The Loom Art Gallery is near to Kwame Nkrumah Circle and sells spectacular carvings, modern Ghanaian painting and textiles…

Festivals and Events

Homowo Festival in Accra

The famous Homowo festival takes place in August and September every year in Accra…

Asafotufiam Festival

Asafotifiam is an annual festival celebrated by the people of Ada…

Kpledjoo

It is an annual festival to facilitate the recovery of the Sakuma Lagoon for burper harvest.

Ngmayem Festival

Celebrated in October by the people of Dodowa, this is the annual traditional harvest…

Independence Day – 6th March

The largest national spectacle and display of colour takes place in Black Star Square on Independence Day. Each government service is represented in full ceremonial dress: the army, navy, air force, police, firemen, special…

Beaches and Resorts

Ada – Paradise Beach

Popular resort area and a favorite base for water sports and game fishing…

Kokrobite Beach Resort

Kokrobite Beach Resort is 25km west of Accra, Kokrobite is also home to the Academy of African Music and Arts…

La Pleasure Beach

This is most popular beach during holidays and weekends and…

Next Door Beach Resort

Next Door, a perfect and excellent beach resort-complex is a model of excellent of international standard worthy of mention. The peace and tranquillity reigning in the hearts of lovers and…

Cocoloco Beach

Cocoloco Beach is located at Ada Foah – about an hour east from Accra where the Volta River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The area is a natural… paradise and a breeding ground

Ningo-Prampram Beach

Further east of Accra (about 45km) on the Aflao Road exists this splendid beach…

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Shai Resource Reserve

The reserve consists of a very striking and attractive range of rocky hills set in the middle of expansive open and wooded grassland plains. At present, the reserve supports 31 species of mammals, more than 175 species of birds and 13 reptile species…

Coastal Ramsar Sites – Densu Delta

This Ramsar site lies just West of Accra. The Densu River which feeds the wetland is about 116 km long, and it has an area of about 2,460 km2. The construction of the Weija dam in 1978, just 8 km inland from the Atlantic sea…

Castles and Forts

Christiansborg Castle – Accra

Christiansborg Castle is unique among the castles and forts as it served as Government House during various periods in the 19th and 20th centuries and continues to play that role today…

Food

Kenkey & Fish – Accra’s Favourite

The main traditional dishes eaten in this Region include kenkey with hot pepper and fried fish, banku, with fried fish and pepper…

Facts and History

The Mace

The mace, which is the symbol of the authority by the Speaker of Parliament…

Entertainment

Nightlife in Accra

Nightlife in Accra is rather quiet on weekdays but livens up considerably during the weekends. The events calendar is slow throughout the year and only seems to be really packed at Christmas; Accra however offers some good entertainment, both cultural and…

Alliance Francaise

It is located on Liberation Link; Airport Residential Area has a programme of art exhibitions and plays each month…

Ghanaian Dishes

Local Dishes

Ghana has a wide rage of restaurants and food varieties that can be found both in the city and large of small towns. These include a large…

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