Accra is the capital of Ghana and its most densely populated city. It is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Accra has an eclectic mix of architecture: colonial buildings, castles built in the 17th century and modern skyscrapers. Visitors will find museums, beaches, traditional markets, modern stores, busy nightlife, and good food.
This former European colonial capital was originally called Cabo Corso by the Portuguese in the mid-1500s. It was a major trading post that not only traded slaves, but gold, honey, and other African treasures. Today, Cape Coast is a lively fishing port. One of the must-see tourist attractions is Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The West African Historical Museum is in the Castle. It contains a collection of art, historical and cultural objects. The Methodist Church of Cape Coast was set up by Wesleyan missionaries in the 1830s making this the oldest church in Ghana.
Kumasi is one of the oldest and wealthiest cities in Africa. This beautiful city in the Ashanti region is nicknamed the Garden City. Home to the largest lake in Ghana, Lake Bosumtwi. Kumasi is the commercial and cultural capital of the historical Ashanti Empire. The Manhvia Palace, the seat of the King of Ashanti and members of his royal family, is located here. The traditions of the past are highly respected and combine well in modern life in Kumasi.
Elmina is a lively fishing port on the south coast of Ghana. Visitors to this charming town will see beaches, colonial buildings, older shrines, bustling fish market and a modern port. The biggest attraction is St George’s Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also known as Elmina Castle, it was built in the late 1400s by the Portuguese as a trading post for gold and ivory. This is the oldest European building in the sub- Saharan Africa. Gold exports were replaced by slaves. The Castle has a museum and guided tours share the dark history of this site.