6 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Lagos
Nigeria's economic and political heart is undoubtedly Lagos, a megalopolis of more than 20 million people living in 7.3 million sq. km. In fact, it's the third largest city in the world (after Tokyo and Mexico City), and the most populous city of the Commonwealth of Nations.
While most Nigerians go about their daily lives in a relaxed manner, the realities of the city are stark and daunting: congestion, poverty, traffic, crime and inadequate healthcare. But for those who have come to the land of Omo-Oba, or "land of men of Omo", it is home.
Although Lagos is a busy place, it is possible to get away from the crowds in many parts of the city. Some of the best things to see and do in Lagos are in quiet neighbourhoods or along the river.
Nigeria has many top attractions and cultural sights that cannot be missed. Here are some of the top things to do and see in Lagos.
Located at the head of Lagos Lagoon and shared with the neighboring city of Ikeja, Victoria Island is a low-lying island connected to the mainland by a narrow tongue of land. The island offers some of Lagos' loveliest and most peaceful spots, as well as some interesting sights, although the majority of residents live on the mainland. The island has numerous architectural wonders, including the Island Club (Victoria Island Club), housing the Lagos State Government Secretariat, as well as the 12th century St. Michael's Cathedral, the first Anglican church in West Africa and the oldest building in the country. For those visiting Victoria Island on a sightseeing tour, here are some of the things to do.
Lagos is Nigeria's second largest city and an attractive area that can easily be covered in a day, especially if it's low season. Built along the bank of a wide lagoon, Lagos city has many older buildings that blend perfectly into the waterways. Its bays and palm-fringed beaches are attractive sights and it is also home to the famous Rivers State House of Assembly building and a large cathedral. A trolleybus ride to its old center and its largest beach, Bar Beach, is a relaxing way to start a visit to Lagos, which is also home to the dazzling annual World's Largest Fountain Festival and the stunning Makoko housing project, which houses some 100,000-plus people. A number of interesting museums are also nearby.
Abakua is a town of the Aro that is made up of a series of paths (inturute) that wind through forests of banana trees, beaches, and the sea. It is one of the most modern cities in Nigeria, with good schools and hospitals. It also has a convention center. Some beach resorts are beginning to develop, but the city is still a center of fishing and craftmaking.
A vibrant and urban city, Nigeria's economic capital and Africa's most populous city is home to seven million people. Though most visitors are more interested in its beaches and islands, not many leave without visiting Ikeja to see the Lagos Memorial, a memorial built in memory of those who perished in a terrible 1993 fire. The construction of the memorial was inspired by the tragedy that claimed the lives of an estimated 80,000 people. The memorial site is small and simple, but built of imported marble and its stone blocks are engraved with the names of those lost, as well as other details.
The new National Museum (Nigerian National Museum) in Lagos, Nigeria, features a stellar collection of over 4,000 pieces in the Islamic, Igbo, and Atlantic Slave trade cultures. Stunning artefacts such as the IFEI Ewura Stone, the Gaya beaded dress, and a stunning royal headdress dating to the nineteenth century make this one of the top museums in Nigeria. This site is part of a newly re-built Lagos State and has a brand new museum, ideal for the curious traveler who wants to learn more about Nigeria.
Makoko is a large low-lying island in Lagos. With a population of 400,000, Lagos is Africa's most populous city. Over half of Lagos is on the island of Lagos Lagoon, which is part of the Nigerian Delta. It is bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the much smaller Lagos Lagoon to the east. Among the many attractions are the Lagos State Museum, which chronicles the city's early history, the Temple of Laka, dating from the early 1400s, the Lagos market, the Akoka National Park, and the Lagos Lagoon.