5 Tourist attractions in Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria
A view of Lagos, Nigeria. PHOTO/FILE
Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria and the entire African continent. The former capital is a major financial centre with the highest GDP and one of the busiest ports in the continent.

However, it is not all about business as Lagos is known for its love for music and night-life with outstanding beaches and other attractions.

The airport, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, has direct flights from European cities (London, Paris, Madrid Rome, Frankfurt), the United States (New York, Atlanta, Houston),UAE, South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Moving around Lagos and locating major attractions has been made easier in recent times with the installation of street signs on every single corner. The easiest way to get around is by taxi.

Lagos has several cab companies which use both metered and fixed fares. If you are not on a tight budget, you should consider hiring a guide who is familiar with the places.

Major tourist attractions in Lagos

National Arts Theatre
This is Lagos’s most culturally significant entertainment spots. It is home to various cultural events and activities in Lagos state.

The National Arts Theatre is best for plays, weekend relaxation and walks on its vast lush green premises.

Lekki Conservation Centre
The centre has a large area of wetlands and wildlife including monkeys, crocodiles, exotic birds and turtles. The animals can be seen in the early morning hours or late in the evening. The centre is best for picnics and nature walks when getting away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos life.

Lagos beaches
Without a doubt Lagos has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Its sandy beaches provide a great getaway from the city.

There are many activities that one can engage in including jet skiing, water skiing, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and horse riding on the white sand.

National Museum
It contains the most significant collection of West Africa antiques in the world. The museum has great collections in archaeology and traditional art.

The main attractions here are galleries dedicated to traditional symbols of power (ivory carvings and royal host of crowns) and brasses from Benin. The museum has a small crafts village with handicrafts for sale at fixed prices.

Night life in Lagos is like no other, vibrant and explosive and you are sure to get caught up in the infectious rhythms and beats of the numerous bars and clubs the city has to offer.

The clubs are usually filled to the brim with fun seekers drinking and dancing while outside the club the air is filled with the smell of grilled barbecue from a nearby shade. Some of the best night clubs include; Quilox, Club Vegas, Road Runners and House 45.

For high quality services and best cuisines, consider staying at one of this hotel while in Lagos:

The Wheatbaker, Federal Palace Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Southern Sun Ikoyi, The George and Four Points by Sheraton.