8 Reasons Why Every Tourist in Ghana Loves Cape Coast
Centuries ago, a black man in Cape Coast is probably a captive en route across the Atlantic as a slave. Its torturous past notwithstanding, the city has evolved into one of Africa’s main historical and harmonious destinations. Those who visit are glad to walk historical paths with visits to the Cape Coast castle and Elmina Castle. No doubt, from a slave trading port, Cape Coast has evolved into Ghana’s tourist hub that everyone wants to be. Below are some of the reasons that visitors often give for visiting Coast.
1. Plenty to See
Well, you know of the castle and that the Obamas toured the site in 2009, the town also has two ancient forts— Fort William, built in 1820, and Fort Victoria which was built in 1702. It’s also a beach site and fishing post, and there is plenty of culture to learn, crafts to pick and nice people to meet.
2. Amazing Jump-off Site to other Interesting Places
With just 30km away from Kakum National Park and a few kilometres away from Anomabu and Elmina, one can understand why many travellers love to use Cape Coast as a base to explore Ghana’s other attractive sites.
3. Long Stretch of Nice Beaches
It’s easy to see pastel-hued fishing boasts fringe the beach in Cape Coast, but if you veer past the lagoons on the edge of town, you’ll find some of the most enticing swathes of beach in the Ghana.
4. Nice Place to Watch and Wander
Away from the endless traffic jam of Accra, Cape Coast offers visitors the opportunity to watch and wander at how amazing life unfolds in the coast, and Ghana as a whole. A good observer once described the city as an “easy-going fishing town with an arty vibe, fanned by salty sea breezes and kissed by peeling waves. Crumbling colonial buildings still line the streets, while seabirds prowl the beaches and fishermen cast nets where slave ships once sailed.” To watch and wander, get to the centre, particularly by the crescent-shaped harbour.
5. See Two Historic Castles on a Single Trip
On the coast of Ghana lie myriad of ancient castles and forests. Two of them stand out historically; the first is Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle. They are just 13-kilometre apart and visitors find it easy to explore both.
6. Beautiful University Town with Youthful Vibe
Cape Coast hosts the University of Cape Coast and other leading institutions in the country and you will find young people from different background there.
7. Colourful Festival
The Oguaa Fetu Afahye festival is a colourful festival in Cape Coast celebrated in remembrance of the end of the outbreak of a disease, and to prevent another epidemic befalling the people. It is an annual festival marked every first Saturday in September. There is also the Pan African Historical Theatre Project (PANAFEST), a biennial cultural event held for Africans and people of African descent. These colourful events grab a lot of attention in Ghana.
8. It’s Close Enough to Accra
When all is said and done, visitors also don’t want to miss the interesting—if hectic, life in Ghana’s capital city and Cape Coast’s proximity to the city (about 3-hour drive) makes that easy to do.
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Michael-Alvin, an imaginative get-it-done wordsmith, blends uncanny taste for facts gleaned from his training in law, and journalism by UNESCO, in his travels and reports about Africa for Afro Tourism.