10 Most Beautiful Cities in Nigeria

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Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria | Photo: Gilbert Majekodunmi

Nigeria is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa; it is also one of the most dynamic countries on earth. The Giant of Africa, Nigeria, is the most populous black nation in the world. Home to over 300 ethnic groups, over 500 languages, with a population that accounts for about 2.35% of the entire earth’s population. Meaning that Nigeria is home to 1 out of every 43 people in the world call.

The people are warm and friendly but in recent times, due to rising political and ethnic conflicts, tourists are advised to be cautious when visiting the country. However, Nigeria is a very fun country to visit. With beautiful cities with a rare glimpse into the different unique cultures, customs and traditions of the people. With such diversity, which destination is best for a cultural city break and which cities for a relaxing holiday? We have selected for you some of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria but also the best things to do in Nigeria, the most beautiful landmarks and natural wonders.

1. Abuja

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Zuma Rock backdrop | Photo: Rukiejumah

 Abuja is the capital of Nigeria and definitely one of the most beautiful capital cities in Africa. Located in the North-Central zone, the city is well planned with high quality road networks, international shopping centers, 5-star hotels, breathtaking landscapes etc. The city is also home to most federal government buildings and offices like Aso Rock Presidential Villa, the National Assembly, Supreme Court, Ministries etc. The best things to do and see in Abuja, include the natural tourist attractions like the famous Zuma Rock, Jabi Lake, Millennium Park, Abuja Arts and Crafts Village etc. Explore the Ultimate Guide to Nightlife in Abuja. 

Location: Jabi Art and Craft Market, Abuja 

2. Kaduna

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Kajuru Castle, one of the most visited landmark and historical places in Nigeria | Photo: Motley Travels

Kaduna is the capital of Kaduna State. Located in Northwest Nigeria, Kaduna is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a major trade center and transportation hub for agricultural products because of its road and rail networks. It is also one of the most industrialized cities in northern Nigeria, second only to Kano. Kaduna has a rich history and this has helped it build its reputation as a popular tourist attraction in the country with places like Zaria, Place of the Emir of Zazzau, Kajuru Castle, Kaduna Museum, Matsirga Waterfall, Nok Village and many more. However, Kaduna has witnessed a rise in banditry in recent years, so visitors should be careful here.

Location: Kajuru Castle, Kaduna, Nigeria 

 3. Calabar 

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Masqueraders at Calabar | Photo: Emmanuel Edet/Kally_Jnr

Calabar is one of the greenest Nigerian cities. Calabar is definitely one of the hottest tourist destinations in Nigeria, an ideal destination for lovers of greenery, hiking in nature, cultural heritage, food, or for a romantic or family trip. The city is popular for its tourist attractions like the Tinapa Resort and Obudu Cattle Ranch. Calabar people are known to be very friendly and funny and can light up any room they walk into. The food here is also wonderful and the culture is very colorful. Calabar hosts Africa’s biggest annual street party, the Calabar Carnival, where there are colorful displays of costumes and celebrities all over Africa are also present.

4. Uyo 

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Uyo is one of the greenest cities in Nigeria | Photo: Melvina Oduah

Uyo is the capital of Akwa Ibom State Nigeria and it is popular for its clean and serene environment. Located in the oil rich South-south zone, the infrastructural growth of the city in the last ten years has been breathtaking with amazing 5-star hotels and excellent road networks. Places to visit include the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium which was modeled after Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center, Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, National Museum of Colonial History etc.

Location: Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo, Nigeria 

5. Lagos 

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Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria | Photo: Gilbert Majekodunmi

Nigeria and Africa’s largest city, Lagos, is a must-see destination for many reasons. Lagos, is an ideal destination for lovers of busy cities, cultural heritage, gastronomy, water sports or for a romantic trip. Most celebrities in Nigeria also live in Lagos and the nightlife here is topnotch. Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, this city is also home to some of the best beaches in the country like Elegushi beach, Oniru Beach, Tarkwa Bay etc. There are also many skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in the city. Explore the Cool Non Touristy Things to Do in Lagos.

6. Enugu 

Located in Southeast Nigeria, Enugu is known for its delicious cuisine, industries and their local palm wine. One of the best destinations for food lovers in Nigeria, for lovers of palm wine, good food, for those who wish to explore authentic Igbo dishes and discover new sensations and new tastes; for those who like adventures.

Enugu is the capital city of Enugu State and the name translated from the local Igbo dialect means “hill top”. The city’s road network is one of the best in the country and there are lots of amazing tourist attractions like the Enugu Museum, Milken Hill, Ngwo Caves and Waterfall, Enugu Golf Course etc. There’s also the annual New Yam Festival celebration that takes place between the month of October and August. Enugu is home to Nigeria’s foremost university, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

7. Jos

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Nanfe Jemimah Oyeleke at Kurra Falls in Jos, Plateau State | Photo: Brenda Dadet

Jos is the capital of Plateau Sate, Nigeria. Located in the Middle Belt, this beautiful city is popular for its lovely weather, warm people and beautiful landscapes, which combines relaxation, gastronomy and heritage. Some of the popular tourist attractions in the city include Jos Wildlife Park, Shere Hills, Ryom Rock Formation, Wase Rocks, Kurra Falls etc. A lot of the fruits and vegetables grown here are also unique to its environment like apples, strawberries and grapes.

Location: Jos Wildlife Park, Jos, Nigeria 

8 .Port Harcourt

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Port Harcourt Pleasure Park | Photo: Olivia Azubuike

Port Harcourt is the capital of the oil rich Rivers State in the South-south region of Nigeria. The city is one of the most modern in Nigeria and is popular for its many expatriates that work in the many oil rigs in the state. It is also one of the most expensive cities to live in Nigeria. The nightlife here is simply amazing with many nightclubs and bonfire nights around the city. Port Harcourt is also known for its waterfronts so you can go on boat rides in the city. Discover Bole and Fish: Port Harcourt’s Most Popular Food.

9. Owerri

Owerri, the capital of Imo State is situated in the heat of Igboland. It is often referred to as one of the entertainment hubs of the country because of the presence of many hotels, city casinos, movie and music studios and relaxation spots spread across the city. Owerri also plays host to the annual “Adanma” and “Miss Heartland” beauty pageants.

Do not miss to visit the springs located all across the city, including other tourist attractions like the National Museum Owerri, Mbaeri Cultural and Art Center, Oguta Lake, Nekede Zoo etc. A truly beautiful city.

Location: Neked Zoo, Owerri, Nigeria 

10. Warri 

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NanNa Living History Museum in Koko, Warri | Photo: Visit Nigeria Now

Warri is a city located in Delta State. The city gets a bad rap but the truth is, Warri is one of the most modern cities in Nigeria. A sophisticated state hub with excellent local gastronomic delights, creative vibes and a booming art scene. Some of the places you should visit include Effurun Golden Park, Abraka Golf Course, Nana Living History Museum, Warri Market, Warri City Stadium and so many others. This city is also home to expatriates as Warri is an oil producing community with many oil producing facilities. The Pidgin English spoken here is also unique and different from others in Nigeria. Warri is also one of the richest cities in Nigeria.

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