The central region has a comparative advantage with rich, attractive and diverse tourism resources in tourism potential. This is seen mainly in heritage tourism; including the following:

  1. Historical heritage, fortes and castles along its coastal line
  2. Ancient traditions/culture, festivals and artisan products
  3. Unique natural heritage of pristine ecological systems that have been preserved as National Parks for ecotourism promotion.

The region is blessed with the following attractions:

  • Great castles of Cape Coast and Elmina which have been adopted as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO
  • Forts and castles dotted along the coastline of the Region which include smaller European forts like Fort Williams at Anomabo and Fort Amsterdam at Abandze
  • Assin Manso Slave River and Reverential Garden
  • Assin Praso Heritage Site
  • Shrines eg. Posuban
  • Komenda caves
  • Historical Buildings including Emintsimandze Palace,Wesley Cathedral, Heritage House etc
  • Kakum National Park with Canopy Walkway and Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve
  • Dumpow Eco-tourism site at Eguafo
  • International Stingless Bee Centre
  • Mesomangor Tree Platform
  • Hans Cottage Botel
  • Ostrich Farm
  • Longest coastline in the country
  • Lagoons and Wetlands(Fosu, Benya, Brenu, Muni-Pomadze)
  • Beach Resorts eg White Sands, Elmina Beach Resort, Anomabo Beach Resort
  • Vibrant Festivals including the popular Fetu Afahye, Edina Bakatue and Regatta Festival, Aboakyer, Akwambo, etc
  • PANAFEST/Emancipation
  • African Choral Festival
  • Masquerade
  • Fishing and Artisanal Activities
  • Friendly and hospitable nature of the people
  • Discover historical links between Africa and America and Europe
  • Explore culture that has its roots in another era
  • Exciting endurance with nature
  • Relax on a sun-dappling beach
  • Central Region is the obvious choice (Choice destination of the first family of the United States of America

Along the coast of the Central Region is a succession of busy fishing villages and traditional market towns that reflect the distinct cultures of the region. Of particular interest are Winneba, famous for its fishing fleet, masquerade festival and local ceramics and Mankessim well known for its busy market.

The villages of the Central Region are famed for their traditional crafts. They all make great souvenirs for tourists to the Central Region. Particularly important villages are: Winneba - beautiful and unusual ceramics; Gomoa-Otsew-Jukwa - village of pottery makers and Bobikuma - rattan products.

The Cape Coast Castle was the headquarters of British merchants and the seat of government until 1877. It now houses the West African Historical Museum where exhibits range from the pre Gold Coast period to the mid-19th Century. The dark underground dungeons where the slaves were held and the auction halls are places of great importance to most African-Americans because of the nostalgia they evoke. It was visited by President Barak Obama, the first African-American president of the United States in 2009

 


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