Independence Arch, Accra © Ghana Tourist Board
Accra is the capital and the largest city in Ghana and is often the entry point for tourists. The city showcases an interesting mixture of architecture, with some 19th-century colonial remnants rubbing shoulders with modern skyscrapers and more traditional Ghanaian buildings. Accra has some worthy hotels, restaurants and nightclubs and is a festive city where fun is easily found. Budget travellers will find good, cheap accommodation, and those in search of some luxury can enjoy the city's three five-star hotels. Accra stretches along the Atlantic coast and was originally built around a port; as a result, it boasts some lovely beaches. The most popular beaches are Labadi and Kokrobite. The city is developing fast and has plenty to interest sightseers. Tourist attractions include the National Museum, the National Theatre, the National Cultural Centre (where you can find beautiful crafts, textiles and souvenirs from all over the country), and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. The area of most historical interest is Jamestown, which contains the national monuments of Ussher Fort and James Fort, as well as Osu Castle, built by Danish settlers in the 17th century. Accra is the country's largest transport hub and has an extensive taxi and bus network, making it fairly easy to get around.