Accra is the capital and most populous city of Ghana, with an estimated urban population of 25,000,000 million (females-51%, males 49%) as of 2012. It is also the capital of the Greater Accra Region and of the Accra Metropolis District, with which it is conterminous. Accra is furthermore the anchor of a larger metropolitan area, the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), which is inhabited by about 4 million people and the thirteenth-largest metropolitan area in Africa.
Accra’s main attractions include:
- The National Museum: There are marvelous and colorful displays about Ghana’s culture and history in this museum. You'll find displays and artifacts of the slave-trade, and the Ashanti Kingdom among others in the museum.
- Makola Market: Is colorful, and probably the most vivacious and bustling market in all of West Africa. The market has everything and anything you want to buy on the continent.
- James Fort: This fort was among the monuments that housed Europeans and slaves back then. A portion of the fort was built with elegance to house the Europeans whiles the other half as housing quarters of slaves to be shipped to Europe and the Americas. It is believed to be used as a small prison of sort today.
- Christianborg Castle: The castle served as Government House during various periods in the 19th century. Its insignificance has not faded as it continues to be used as a Government House in modern Ghana.
- Beaches: Labadi Beach, Coco Beach and Bojo Beach are among the most vibrant and visited beaches in Accra.
- The Arts Center: Is the market place to shop for handicrafts. Bargain hard for the best deals at the center.
- Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park(KNMP)): Is the burial site of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Osagyefo is credited for the deliberation of the then Gold Coast from colonial rule on 6th March, 1957. Personal effects and publications of the 1st president are all housed in this mausoleum of fine architectural design in the center of Accra.