Port Harcourt is one of the most interesting places in all of Nigeria. From the winding creeks in the delta to the lush vegetation in the upland areas, the people are happy and friendly and for a first time visitor, the numbers of places to visit for a good time with friends and family are almost endless. This post details some of the top places you just cannot afford to miss if you are in Port Harcourt on vacation or even business.
Port Harcourt Tourist beach
One place you definitely have to visit when in Port Harcourt is the amazing beach located in the Kolabi creek in old Port Harcourt. Drive through the apartment lined streets of the old town to the sandy beach that is the most popular of Port Harcourt many creek-lined beaches. You can play in the cool water of the beach, listen to the local sounds of highlife and modern music from any of the bush bars on the beach. You can also partake in local delicacies of palm wine, assorted spicy meats and other local dishes. Many tourists come here to play volleyball or beach football, take boat rides, go horseback riding, watch boat races or dive in the cool waters.
Bole and Fish is the most famous of the Pitakwa cuisines. It is made from roast plantain and barbecued fresh fish dipped in very delicious red pepper, palm oil sauce. Around almost every street corner in Port Harcourt, you can find jolly mammy mummies preparing this bole over hot charcoal. One of the best places, by popular opinion, to have bole in Port Harcourt is at Bole King, located at D-Line in Port Harcourt. Visit Bole King and partake of delicious bole with palm wine and fruit juices.
Port Harcourt Cultural center
Located on Bonny street, the Port Harcourt cultural center is completely devoted to showing the rich diversity of the Port Harcourt people and their culture. Various exhibits to be found at the Center include local artifacts from as far back as before the founding of the city of Port Harcourt, African figurines and pottery, as well as a theater where cultural dances and plays are regularly held.
The Port Harcourt Mall
The Port Harcourt mall is located on Azikiwe road, beside the Government house. Visiting Port Harcourt without visiting the mall is a huge no-no for people interested in seeing the city and taking back souvenirs. Within the mall are countless shops from SPAR, Levi’s, DollarStore and many others to cinema theaters like FilmHouse cinemas and an innovative 9D cinema theater. This is one place you should be sure to visit.
Mile One Street Market
The Mile One market stretches down the Ikwerre road from the Mile One junction to the Education bus-stop/Park junction. Within this amarket you can find affordable items of clothing, electronics, books and stationery as well as lots of foodstuff. If you are looking to taking home a souvenir of your Port Harcourt trip, this would be a good place to start.
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