Africa: Guardian Newspapers nominates Top 10 Tourist Attractions In Nigeria


The most beautiful cities in Nigeria are widely spread among the six geopolitical zones in the country. Away from the chaotic sight that the country has often been painted by the media, the most populated African country, Nigeria has a number of developed cities with breathtaking landscapes. Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but no doubt these cities are the most beautiful in Nigeria.

Most times Nigerians travel out to see the world, visiting beautiful, breathtaking places in other countries and continents. It can be such an amazing thing, being a tourist. However, we also have some amazing places in this beautiful country of ours that we can visit.

It is understood that reasons like fear or lack of proper care of these places can prevent the influx of tourists to major attractions, but that doesn’t reduce their uniqueness.

Located in Abuja ,Jabi Lake is a major tourist attraction in the capital city of Nigeria. Jabi Lake can offer an inexpensive experience for young people, families, and couples. You can take a break from your everyday routine in the Jabi Lake Park. If you like shopping, then Jabi Lake Mall is a place for you. It`s the latest addition to the fantastic scenery of the Lake for the most beautiful citities in Nigeria.

Here are ten amazing places you should totally visit in Nigeria:

1. Lagos
Lagos is a major metropolis in the country which is fast becoming a megacity as elegant structures and buildings continue to spring up daily. Lagos stands out for excellence, commerce, fun and relaxation in Nigeria. Lagos is without a doubt the most industrialised state in Nigeria.

A good road network, several tall buildings, and sky-scrappers along with a fine blend between the slums and highbrow urban areas make Lagos one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria. From an aerial view, the coastline makes Lagos a ravishing beauty. The nightlife in this city is as busy as the day, painted with a lot of malls, clubs, restaurants and bars.

2. Abuja
A world class capital state with a grand master plan of its outlook, is a beautiful Nigerian city to visit or live in. The nation’s seat of power considered a highly business destination is an affordable place for all – rich, middle class or poor. Being a developed and organised city, it has many recreational centres, five-star hotels, and shopping malls that are lusciously built to world class standards. The city is the haven for luxury real estates in Nigeria.

3. Calabar
Calabar is a beautiful city endowed with a rich culture and natural attractions. The city is a major travel destination in Nigeria. Not only is it a beautiful city, it is a peaceful city with diversity in landscapes. Tasty delicacies, beautiful architecture and festivals are what attracts visitors to the city. Every year, the biggest street party, Calabar Carnival is hosted in the street. The festival displays diverse colourful cultural costumes and dance which tourists from all over the world participate in.

4. Warri
Warri City, also known for oil production, is one of the biggest cities in Delta state and a beautiful one at that. Business, tourism and the presence of oil has had a ripple effect on the city with a lot of attention and developmental focus drawn to it. The road networks are top-notch as you can drive around the city without encountering potholes.

5. Uyo
Located in the heart of Akwa Ibom, is the crown of beautiful cities in Southern Nigeria. Blessed with scenic attractions, unique infrastructures, beautiful hotels and unique cuisines, Uyo has not only proven to be a beautiful city, it is one of the most secure places to live in Nigeria. The city is a cool, calm, serene and classy one with little or no crime and crisis rate.

6. Port-Harcourt
Port Harcourt can be best described as a beautiful Nigerian city with lush greenery and aesthetic landscape. Loved for numerous reasons but mostly for its wealth as a result of oil, the beautiful city is the home to many multinational companies, especially those affiliated with oil and gas. Port-Harcourt being a coastal city has scenic shorelines.

7. Kaduna
Kaduna is the most beautiful Nigerian city in the northern part of the country. This beautiful Nigerian city is home to Kajuru Castle – built in a similar manner to European castles, Kajuru is a tourist attraction centre in Nigeria and Africa’s best-kept secret. In total contrast to the way reporters and media channels have blown the insecurity in Kaduna out of proportion, the city continues to be a major travel destination for daring tourists.

8. Akure
With a population of approximately 588,000 people, is the capital of Ondo State, Nigeria and became a Millennium City in 2006. Some of the Akure’s major assets include the presence of several federal universities, immense mineral potential, rocks and beautiful landscapes, cocoa farms, and a deep-sea container port nearby.

9. Enugu
Enugu which bears the same name with the capital is a very beautiful city with nice topography and attractive structures. The road network in Enugu is well designed with so many states of the art buildings. Enugu is the most beautiful city in Igbo land with an exciting social life. Enugu has been argued to be one of the best well-planned cities in Nigeria. Luxury, serenity and security describe the lifestyle of residents in Enugu.

10. Jos
Popularly known as The City of Captivating Landscape, is without any doubt a natural beauty. Jos boasts of a number of attractions including two museums, a wildlife park and game reserve, breathtaking waterfalls and striking hills and rocks. The city is loved particularly for its weather and serene environment.




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