Lagos (Nigeria)

Lagos Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Nick M

Culture shock is inevitable

Lagos is the largest city in AfricaSome (cough, Yahoo, cough) call it the worst place in the world to visit
Happening nightlife, good beachesChaotic and problematic like most African cities
Chaotic and bustling

We shall throw some stats at you first to leave you in awe about Lagos, Nigeria. This is Africa's largest city, still one of the continent's fastest growing and one of the 10 largest cities in the world as a whole. Lagos is clearly a city that anyone who wants to get to the core of what makes Nigeria tick should pay a visit to.

When reading what other travel websites wrote about the city, we had to snicker a bit. One well-known big brand called it "the worst place to visit on earth". Surely it can't be that bad? Well, we can see where the writer is coming from, given how gritty the city can be in places, its high crime rates and terrible traffic. These are true for most African cities, but its sheer size seems to amplify the issues in Lagos. Overall however, we think it's not quite that bad.

Most foreigners seem to come here on business, or to use it as a point of entry to Nigeria. If you do feel like spending some more time in the city, you will probably end up seeing cultural sights like the National Museum, National Theatre of Arts and Culture or Nike Art Gallery (where you can view and buy Nigerian artwork). Seriously pretty beaches like Eleko Beach, Tarkwa Beach and Lekki Beach as well as the utterly chaotic and interesting Lekki Market are other sights to spend time on.

Wait, did we just say that market was chaotic? Wait until you explore the city's nightlife. It's varied and absolutely chaotic in the best sense of the word. We loved it! [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Lagos is a city in Nigeria. It has a population of 15,118,780, is situated at an altitude of 39ft and the best airport to fly into is LOS (Murtala Muhammed, Lagos)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • Note: Lagos is a good point of entry for trips to Nigeria as it is well internationally connected (by air)
  • The currency used in Nigeria is the Nigerian naira (NGN)

Lagos Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

90 91 91 90 88 84 82 82 84 86 88 90

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.6 1.7 3 5.6 8.1 12.3 10.1 4.4 6.6 5.4 2.1 0.7

More Lagos travel resources

Read on at Lonely Planet or check out some attractions at Come to Nigeria. If you are looking for the Yahoo piece that calls this the worst place on earth to visit, go here. If you want a more positive point of view on the city head to Awesomely Luvvie.

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