You certainly can’t leave Ghana without visiting these iconic places and taking selfies with their stunning architecture in the background. Read on for our list of the best places to visit in Ghana.
Best Places to Visit in Ghana:
The United States has The White House and similarly, Ghana has The Flagstaff House. This is because the sitting President resides in the Flagstaff House, which is located in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. The architects modeled the building after the Golden Stool of the Ashantis, Ghana’s largest ethnic group. Therefore, the Flagstaff House is politically, culturally, and historically significant, hence it is one of the best places to visit in Ghana.
The Independence Arch is an imposing arch adjacent to Independence Square. Notably, a large black star, which is Ghana’s informal national symbol, crowns The Arch. Most noteworthy, the Arch is part of The Independence Square, the site where Ghana’s first President declared independence from colonial rule. You can find Independence Arch in Accra, right along the Atlantic Ocean.
Larabanga Mosque (“The Mecca of West Africa”)
The mosque is the oldest in Ghana and muslims often use it as a pilgrimage site, hence the name “The Mecca of West Africa.” Most noteworthy, the Moorish traders built it during the 13th century’s trans-Saharan trade, which connected Western Africa to the Mediterranean world. Most mosques in Northern were constructed in the Sudanic-Sahelian architectural style, similarly, the traders constructed Larabanga mosque in the same style. This means they built it using packed earth, mud, and reeds. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 2001, and is now listed on the World Monuments Fund’s list of “100 Most Endangered Sites.” The mosque is located in Larabanga, a village in Ghana’s Northern Region.
The Jamestown lighthouse is a stunning edifice located near the Korle Lagoon in Accra. Therefore, once you make the short climb up its spiral staircase, you’re rewarded with unique panoramic views of the bustling fishing harbor and the city, making the lighthouse one of the best places to visit in Ghana. Hence, the lighthouse is definitely the best spot for pictures and videos during the annual Chalewote Street Arts festival.