The pulsing metropolis of Lagos sprawls across numerous islands in the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria. Colourful markets and remnants of colonial-era architecture pack the streets, while lively beach resorts line the Gulf of Guinea coast.
Things to do in Lagos
Witness ancient terracotta and ivory artefacts from across West Africa at the National Museum Lagos, together with the bullet-riddled car in which General Murtala Mohammed was assassinated. In addition to impressive exhibits on archaeology and ethnography, there are also works by some of Nigeria’s most notable artists.
Make a day trip to the ancient slave port at Badagry, also known as the “Point of No Return”, which served as a major departure point for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Wander the 17th-century buildings and visit the Badagry Heritage Museum where chains and shackles used during the slave trade are exhibited.
Cool off at the inner-city sands of Lagos Bar Beach or enjoy jet skiing and water skiing in Tarkwa Bay. A scenic walk leads to Lighthouse Beach, named after the century-old lighthouse that guards the entrance to Lagos Harbour.
Want to pick up Nigerian handicrafts to take home? Head to the Lekki Market where you can find a range of wooden carvings, paintings and beadwork. For a more local experience, the bustling Balogun Market is the place to go, with colourful mounds of fresh produce and homewares on display.
Getting around Lagos
Murtala Muhammed International Airport is around 30 minutes’ drive north of the city centre. Public buses are the main means of getting around Lagos, together with taxis and okada motorcycle taxis.