Welcome to a fascinating world of chaos, where traffic jams swarm around tin shacks and live music streams out of local venues every night. Lagos, Nigeria is a massive and energetic centre of modern African life, and a fascinating place for the curious traveler to embark on an urban adventure.
Second only to Cairo in size within the continent of Africa, Lagos is a large and culturally important city and the financial powerhouse of Nigeria. According to the UN, by 2015 Lagos could become the third largest city in the world after Tokyo and Mumbai. Although the city struggles to match its infrastructure with the rapidly growing population, Lagos has a true sense of being alive. People from many different cultures live side by side in the non-stop action, and as you plunge into this strange and wonderful world you will have a travel experience you will never forget.
The Music Scene
Lagos is well known throughout Africa for its diverse music scene. It is a great place to see a live performance, and you will get a chance to hear many exotic styles of music such as highlife, fuji, Afrobeat, and juju.
To see some great live music in Lagos, keep your ear to the ground, get to know one of the locals, and ask them about which concerts are happening around the city.
While you are in Lagos, take a break from the chaos of the city for a while to relax in the hot African sunshine on one of the city’s beautiful beaches. There are more than a dozen beaches in and around Lagos to choose from.
At Lagos Bar Beach you will see both kinds of bars, the kind that you drink at as well as the sand bars that run along the coastline. It is the most popular inner city beach, and as a result it is often crowded, which might be desirable if a party atmosphere is your scene.
If you are looking for more of a quiet getaway, try Tarkwa Bay Beach which can be reached from the Tarzan Jetty by ferry. It is a safe and friendly beach for children, and has facilities for jet skiing and water skiing.
Even more secluded is Lighthouse Beach, where you have a chance of being the only person on the beach at times.
There are several interesting museums in Lagos where you can escape from the heat and learn a bit more about African history and culture. The Nigerian National Museum has quite an impressive collection of Nigerian art, including many beautiful statues and carvings. Lagos is also home to the Black Heritage Museum, which has artifacts and documents from the historic slave route that once ran through the region.
With so many things to see and do in Lagos Nigeria, a trip here will be an action packed adventure for the intrepid traveler, which will not soon be forgotten.
The Radisson Blu hotel chain is ever expanding its portfolio including future hotels in Nigeria. A stunning masterpiece styled by famous swedish hospitality designer, Christian Lundwall, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lagos on Victoria Island is perfectly perched along the waterfront area of Victoria Island, the business hub of the city.