Nigeria, popularly referred to as the ‘Giant of Africa’, has a large number of cities that attract visitors from all over the world. The country is visited by thousands of people annually, but a handful of cities stand out among the rest. Travel.Jumia.com, Africa’s no 1 hotel booking portal has selected the 10 most popular cities to visit in Nigeria. No matter what floats your boat, there’s something for everyone.
Whether it draws visitors for business or pleasure, Lagos remains the most populous city in Nigeria, the second fastest-growing city in Africa and the seventh in the world. As the largest metropolitan area in Africa, Lagos has something to suit every traveler—from its tourist attractions, world-class entertainment and active nightlife to the fancy hotels—there are no limitations to what you can enjoy in Lagos. Many visitors venture into Lagos only to leave their hearts filled to the brim with memories of tasty restaurants, lively bars, active music scene, beaches, and colorful neighborhoods.
It should hardly surprise you that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, made the list of most popular cities in Nigeria. Although the political unrest seems to be hurting tourism in the area, in any season, and for any reason, Abuja has it all—world class restaurants, lively clubs, Aso Rock, other jaw-dropping tourist attractions, and shopping!
Referred to as ‘Canaan City’, Calabar is renowned for its tropical monsoon climate, picturesque locale, and relaxed tempo. Tourists flock here for the laid-back scenery as well as for the many attractions, the famous Tinapa resort, the international museum, the live music scene, and we can’t forget the food (they have a vast indigenous menu). December still remains the best time to visit as it is the prime-time to experience the famous Calabar carnival.
The third largest metropolitan area, by population, in Nigeria, Ibadan has witnessed a constant and remarkable growth over the years and you will be astounded at the wide variety of things to do and lovely places to visit while in the city. Ibadan accommodates an adequate amount of entertainment and relaxation. There are numerous bars, lounges and nightclubs to enjoy. The majority of the tourist attractions are located in close proximity to each other, making them easily accessible.
A number of visitors can attest to the fact that it is difficult to leave after a visit to Uyo. The city is so laid-back, friendly, and chilled that you just want to rent a house, and never get off the welcoming band wagon. Bursting with upbeat nightlife and food on every street corner, this city undoubtedly has perks that make you forget you’re in a major city.
Currently denoted as the entertainment capital of Nigeria and home to an annual beauty pageant called “Miss Heartland”, Owerri is a place to experience fun-filled moments. A large number of tourists and business people alike visit Owerri, as the city has everything to offer tourists who are looking to experience the most remarkable moments of their lives including great shopping, great food and vibrant nightlife.
Benin City happens to be one of the most popular and beautiful cities in the country. Hosting rich historical sites, various festivals, a number of art galleries, hotels, architecture and restaurants, it beckons with culture galore. From the Oba’s Palace to the famous King’s Square (known as Ring Road) ,the Benin Moats, and then Igun Street (famous for bronze casting and other metal works for centuries), Benin buzzes with energy all day long.
Warri is among the most frequently visited city by tourists and business travelers in Nigeria. Places to look out for if you find yourself in Warri include: Abraka Golf Course, Delta Ports, Effurun Garden Park, Main Warri Market, Nana Living History Museum, Red Mangrove swamp, Udu Bridge, Warri City Stadium and Ovie palace. Explore the city’s charming history and vibrant cultural events.
This coal city offers enough to catch any visitor in the whirlwind of tourism, music, fine dining, hilarious live comedy, sports, and architecture of the city. The city has its share of waterfalls, caves, hills, luxury hotels and gardens, something one would not expect to find an abundance of in a major city.
Port Harcourt should be at the top of the list when it comes to the most vibrant and lovely cities in the Nigeria. The city boasts of pulsating late-night activities and entertainment scene, exotic restaurants that offer memorable mealtime experiences, comfortable and classy hotel accommodations ranging from cheap to luxury, and scenic drives which makes it stand out as one of the best cities in the country for tourists. Shopping is a dream, as fashion designers are in abundance.