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Accra is Ghana’s capital and biggest city, with a population of 2.27 million people. It is also the coterminous capital of the Greater Accra Region and the Accra Metropolitan District.

Accra is a city on Ghana’s Atlantic coast that extends north into the country’s interior. It was originally established around a harbor and served as the British Gold Coast’s capital from 1877 until 1957. Accra, which was formerly only a 19th-century suburb of Victoriaborg, has evolved into a contemporary metropolis, with architecture spanning from 19th-century architectural structures to modern skyscrapers and apartment towers.

Accra is the economic and administrative center of the Greater Accra area. It also serves as a hub for a variety of nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels.

A number of new structures have been constructed since the early 1990s, notably the multi-story Novotel hotel, which is owned by the French. The National Theatre of the city was constructed with Chinese aid. Accra was named a Gamma-minus-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010, suggesting an increasing degree of international impact and connection.

Accra – Info Card

POPULATION : City: 2,291,352  /  Metro: 4,000,000
FOUNDED :  15th century / Incorporated (city) 1961
TIME ZONE : English (official), Asante , Ewe , Fante , Boron , Dagomba , Dangme , Dagarte
LANGUAGE :English (official), Asante , Ewe , Fante , Boron , Dagomba , Dangme , Dagarte
RELIGION : Christian 68.8% (Pentecostal/Charismatic, Protestant , Catholic, other ), Muslim 15.9%, traditional 8.5%, other 6.8%
AREA : 173 km2 (67 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 61 m (200 ft)
COORDINATES : 5°33′N 0°12′W
SEX RATIO : Male: 49%
 Female: 51%
ETHNIC : Akan 47.5%, Mole-Dagbon 16.6%, Ewe 13.9%, Ga-Dangme 7.4%, Gurma 5.7%, Guan 3.7%, Grusi 2.5%, other 2.7%
AREA CODE : 030
POSTAL CODE : 
DIALING CODE : +233 30
WEBSITE : www.ama.gov.gh

Tourism in Accra

Accra is the tourism capital of the Greater Accra area, with a diverse range of hotels, monuments, museums, and nightclubs. The Labadi Beach Hotel, the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, and the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel are the city’s three five-star hotels. Conference tourism is possible because to the Accra International Conference Centre and other meeting facilities.

Accra is also home to the National Museum and the National Theatre, both of which have striking contemporary Chinese architecture.

The Jamestown section of the city is home to the Ussher Fort and James Fort, as well as Osu Castle (also known as Christiansborg), which was erected by Danish immigrants in the 17th century.

The Flagstaff House (the President of Ghana’s office), the Ghanaian Parliament House, the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, the Black Star Square, the Accra Sports Stadium, and the Accra Centre for National Culture are all worth seeing.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, which was formed in 1943 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Accra, has its headquarters in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. The cathedral was built in 1947.

Accra features an Atlantic beachfront, with Labadi Beach being the most famous, as well as Kokrobite Beach, which is situated 25 kilometers west of Accra. The Academy of African Music and Arts is also located on the seaside.

Climate of Accra

Accra has a tropical savanna climate that is on the verge of becoming semiarid.

The average annual rainfall in Ghana is about 730 mm, with the majority of it falling during the two rainy seasons. The main rainy season runs from April to mid-July, with a lesser second rainy season starting in October.

Throughout the year, there is very little difference in temperature. The average monthly temperature varies from 24.7 °C (76.5 °F) in August to 28 °C (82.4 °F) in March, with an annual average of 26.8 °C (80.2 °F).

Climate Data For Accra

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)32.6
(90.7)
32.9
(91.2)
33.6
(92.5)
33.0
(91.4)
31.6
(88.9)
29.8
(85.6)
28.8
(83.8)
28.4
(83.1)
29.4
(84.9)
28.8
(83.8)
28.1
(82.6)
31.2
(88.2)
30.68
(87.22)
Daily mean °C (°F)28.8
(83.8)
29.4
(84.9)
29.6
(85.3)
29.5
(85.1)
28.4
(83.1)
26.8
(80.2)
26.3
(79.3)
25.9
(78.6)
26.8
(80.2)
26.2
(79.2)
25.7
(78.3)
28.1
(82.6)
27.63
(81.72)
Average low °C (°F)24.7
(76.5)
25.6
(78.1)
25.7
(78.3)
25.7
(78.3)
25.0
(77)
23.7
(74.7)
23.5
(74.3)
23.1
(73.6)
23.8
(74.8)
23.6
(74.5)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77)
24.51
(76.13)

Geography of Accra

The old British, Danish, and Dutch forts are focused in central Accra, which is compact. However, as a result of immigration from rural regions, the city has grown without respect for zoning, giving it a spread appearance. Accra Metropolitan District, Tema Metropolitan District, Ga South Municipal District, Ga East Municipal District, Ga West Municipal District, Adenta Municipal District, Ashaiman Municipal District, Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal District, and the town of Kasoa in the Awutu Senya District of the Central Region make up the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

The city’s western boundary is defined by the meeting of the Lafa stream and the Mallam junction. Accra’s northern boundary is formed by the University of Ghana’s Great Hall, while the eastern border is formed by the Nautical College. The southern boundary is formed by the Gulf of Guinea. Despite these boundaries, there are grounds of contention with neighboring districts, resulting in a de facto contraction of the city limits in recent years.

Economy of Accra

Manufacturing, marketing, banking, insurance, and transportation are all major industries in Accra. The country’s financial sector includes a central bank, nine commercial banks (with 81 branches), four development banks (with 19 branches), four merchant banks (with seven branches), three discount houses, one home finance mortgage bank, multiple building societies, the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), foreign exchange bureaux, finance houses, insurance companies, insurance brokerage firms, two savings and loans companies, and numerous real estate developers, with industrial sites accounting for about a quarter of the country’s total land area.

The primary, secondary (manufacturing, power, gas, water, construction), and tertiary sectors make up Accra’s economy (supermarkets, shopping malls, hotel, restaurant, transportation, storage, communication, financial intermediation, real estate service, public administration, education, health and other social services). The tertiary service industry, which employs roughly 531,670 people, is the city’s biggest. The secondary industry, which employs 22.34 percent of the work force, or roughly 183,934 individuals, is the second-largest. According to reports, 12.2 percent of the city’s workforce, or 114,198 individuals, are jobless.

How To Travel To Accra

BY PLAINKotoka International Airport is a significant hub, with international flights from North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as domestic flights to Kumasi, Tamale, and Takoradi and regional flights to practically every West African country.Delta Air Lines conducts four times weekly direct flights between New...

How To Get Around In Accra

BY SUV OR CAR WITH DRIVERAccra's top sights are spread out across a pretty large region, so if you can afford the low fees, hiring a vehicle and driver to transport you around is the best option. Travel firms provide drivers who also serve as knowledgeable guides, which is...

Districts & Neighbourhoods In Accra

ACCRA CENTRALThe Ring Road, which runs from the Korle Lagoon in the west to Kwame Nkrumah Circle in the north, east to the confluence of Independence Avenue, and on to Osu, creates a ring around Accra's oldest neighborhoods and divides downtown Accra from the outer suburbs.The CBD, which encompasses...

Prices In Accra

Tourist (Backpacker) - 58 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:meals in cheap restaurant, public transport, cheap hotel.Tourist (regular) - 210 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:mid-range meals and drinks,transportation, hotel.MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$ 2.80Tomatoes1 kg$ 4.00Cheese0.5 kg$ 7.00Apples1 kg$ 4.15Oranges1 kg$ 2.35Beer...

Sights & Landmarks In Accra

National Museum. The National Museum is a must-see for everyone interested in Ghanaian history and culture from antiquity to the present. Clothing, thrones, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, and a range of instruments and utensils used in different rites are among the cultural displays. Each of them is accompanied with an explanation...

Museums & Galleries In Accra

Accra museums, with its rich culture and colonial history, give insight into the lives of Ghanaians both past and present. Visitors to Accra may experience the history and cultural exchange given by museums in a handful of places across the city, despite the limited selections. The following are the...

Things To Do In Accra

The La Raceway, which includes a go-karting track, a sports bar, and an entertainment center, is located behind the Trade Fair Centre, near Labadi beach.Harbin's: a bowling alley in Teshie, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the city center.Swimming Pools: Sport swimmers may locate a pool at A&C Mall...

Food & Restaurants In Accra

Dine at one of Osu's numerous hip eateries. Osu, an Accra suburb, is noted for its nightlife and a diverse range of restaurants, hotels, and entertainment opportunities.Café Dez Amis is a concept lifestyle restaurant located at Osu, adjacent to Jubilee House and the French embassy. From 7 a.m. to...

Shopping In Accra

Makola market, located in Accra's bustling center, has a huge boulevard and many lanes lined with fabric merchants selling items such as wax-print pagnes and embroidered and beaded cotton and tulle for special occasions. Look for wax prints from Ghana Traditional Prints (GTP) and the Akosombo Textile Company, both...

Nightlife In Accra

The Oxford Street neighborhood in Osu is the town's busiest entertainment district. There is no dearth of diversity with over a dozen distinct nightclubs (most of them are hidden away along side alleys). Taxi drivers should know where the following are, but if they don't, simply ask a young-looking...

Festivals & Events In Accra

Accra festivals range from the contemplative and quiet to the vibrant, with music, dancing, and local food. Some are suited for children and families, while others are reserved for older audiences, and there are events all year that give everyone a glimpse into Ghana's capital's culture and history.Homowo Festival  Every...

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