Fly To Lagos, Nigeria
While losing out on its title of capital city to Abuja, Lagos has not taken it to heart and has thrived as an African Metropolis. Home to beach resorts, boutiques, tantalising cuisine and a night-life that would leave most cities envious have all contributed to Lagos becoming one of the fastest growing city in Nigeria.
Named after the Portuguese word for 'lagoon' due to its geographical composition of islands and sand spits. This economic and cultural powerhouse remains Nigeria's definitive city of culture.
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Why visit Lagos?
- Visit the beautiful Lagos Bar Beach which is the top rated beaches in the city, running along the Lagos coastline it is a tremendously popular destination amongst locals!
- Experience the charm of Lekki Art Market where you can find everything from authentic Nigerian Art to Western Art and great clothing and souvenirs!
- Embark on an historic journey of Lagos by checking out Badagry Town, this ancient slave port has a tremendous amount of history which is a great learning lesson!
The best time to visit Lagos would be around December to March when the temperatures are hot but there is less humidity.
- Lagos has a floating city called Makoko.
- Lagos is the smallest state in Nigeria.
- This city has the largest bridge in Africa.
This sprawling city is filled with the best attractions Nigeria as to offer. As the most populous city in Nigeria, Lagos is one of Africa's most electric mega-cities. The Third Mainland Bridge being one of them. It is the longest bridge in Africa which was built by Berger Nigeria and opened in 1990 by President Ibrahim Babangida.
Experience the historic periods of slavery in Africa by visiting the Badagry houses. This was the first storey building in Nigeria, built by missionaries in 1842 overlooking the scenic Marina waterfront, it is definitely worth the visit. If you have more time to spare in Lagos then the Silverbird Cinema and Galleria is a must, with bookstores, boutiques, a bowling centre and several other entertainment and lifestyle services at this galleria.
The many other attractions to explore in Lagos include:
- Victoria Island
- Lagos Island
- The Nigerian National Museum
- Omenka Gallery
There are fine-dining restaurants, traditional street-food experiences that would satisfy the pickiest eater. A restaurant that has been celebrating Lagos' European culinary influences is Villa Medici, this has become the favourite among local and global food lovers. Serving adventurous dishes like frog legs, and French favourites like escargots a la bourgignonne, it is a must.
Another must is Terra Kulture which is the premier arts, education and food culture, it has been an important and leading promoter of Nigerian culture since 2004. Terra Kulture celebrates the best of Nigerian cuisine from catfish, to boiled yam and plantain.
A few other popular restaurants to visit when in Lagos include:
- The Lagoon Restaurant
- Bangkok Restaurant
- The Wheatbaker Lagos
- Talindo Steak House Restaurant
Nigeria has one of the largest Muslim populations in West Africa. This is a conservative place considering the fact that religion plays such a vital role in the lives of locals. Individuals have the freedom of following the religion of their choosing, the only restrictions tourists need to keep in mind when visiting Lagos, is the fact that every religion should be respected.
With regards to religious restrictions, the way in which you dress should be modest especially when visiting religious monuments and areas. People here are extremely welcoming and friendly here, and the culture that is felt in this city is expressed through art, food, and the ancient history of the majestic city.
Lagos has become a much safer place, as the state have invested large amounts of money into the security of the city. Even though the security in this city is relatively good, it is advised to remain vigilant at all times and to not flaunt expensive possessions in public areas.
Lagos airport which is famously known as Murtala Muhammed Airport (code:LOS), is a major hub for flights within West Africa between the sub-region and Europe.
Lost luggage: If you have lost any item of luggage you should contact your handling airline or head to the information desk for more assistance.
Airport hotel: There is no Airport Hotel at this airport; the nearest Hotel which is 1000 meters away is the Blue Lodge Hotel.
Car hire: The car hire dealerships at the airport include Hertz, Europcar, Sixt Rent a Car, and Avis.
Airport hub:Murtala Muhammed Airport (code:LOS) is a hub for Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Med-View Airline, Air Peace.
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