Ghana Towns, Cities, Locations and Districts
(Ghana, GH, Western Africa)
Ghana has several large cities to explore, together with some interesting towns. Its capital of Accra is especially popular with tourists visiting this part of Africa
, as is the much-visited tourist destination of Kumasi and the sweeping beaches along the very scenic Cape Coast.
Outside of Ghana's main urban areas, there are also plenty of smaller destinations, which can offer a closer glimpse of the culture and history of this fascinating country. Most of these can be found in the south of Ghana, while the more rural north is much more sparsely populated.
Cape Coast's main attraction is its castle, one of several slave forts located along the Ghanaian coast. Other highlights here include the Cape Coast Centre for National Culture and the ever-popular Oguaa Fetu Afahye harvest festival in late August.
The town is also a draw for those who simply want to relax on beautiful beaches under palm trees or just soak up the culture of this fascinating place. A number of popular hotel resorts are to be found close to the beachfront of the Cape Coast, suiting families and general sun-seeking holiday makers.
Located on the country's coastal stretch, Accra is the capital city of Ghana and a focus for tourists to the country. The city boasts a wide range of attractions, including museums, landmarks and traditional markets. More information about Accra
Originally built as a camp for elephant hunters in the 19th century, Sunyani has developed into a lively, modern city, and home to some of the country's very best schools. Whilst not a tourist hotspot as such, Sunyani does have some interesting buildings, including a cathedral, as well as a colourful market and a cultural centre. Sunyani also makes a good base from which you can visit the spectacular waterfalls at Kintampo.
Once existing as two separate towns, Takoradi and Sekondi joined forces in 1946 to make up the lively city we see today. Although primarily a busy working port, the beaches of Sekondi Takoradi are popular with visiting tourists and soon fill up during the peak holiday times. Sekondi Takoradi has grown to become the fourth-biggest city in the country and remains an important centre for industry and commerce.
Situated in the north of Ghana, Tamale is a fair-sized city that offers a glimpse of life in a modern African urban centre as well as a chance to see some traditional Ghanaian architecture. Sights include the Gulkpe Naa and Dapkema palaces, as well as traditional weaving and pottery centres. From here, it is also possible to visit Mole National Park.
Bolgatanga lies right at the northern most point of Ghana, some 815 km / 506 miles from Accra in the south. Nearby attractions include the Tongo Hills and Tengzug Shrine, along with the Paga crocodile ponds. In Bolgatanga itself, the Library is particularly notable, thanks to its award-winning design.
Located around 250 km / 155 miles north-west of Accra, Kumasi is often seen as the centre of Ghanaian culture. It is true to say that tradition really does seem to mean a great deal here. The city is the home of the Ashanti royal family. Major attractions in the city include the National Cultural Center, the city's central market, and the Manhyia Palace. Nearby is Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana's biggest natural lake.