is the most populated city in Nigeria
as well as in the rest of the African continent, found in the state of Lagos, Nigeria. The city, alongside its conurbation, is the fastest growing region in the world and has been named megacity. With one of the busiest and most important seaport, Lagos is conveniently located in the Gulf of Guinea and has grown to become the primary financial hub of Nigeria.
Lagos is home to some of the most famous tourist attraction spots in the African Continent, especially with its several museums that showcase the unique masterpieces and artifacts that feature the culture and history of its people. Some of the spots date back into the colonial era, like the Freedom Park, which has since become a famous public venue.
Apart from the museums and galleries, tourists also love to indulge in the numerous water activities on the beautiful Lagos Beaches, which are complete with high-end resorts, modern boutiques, and neon-lit beach-clubs for a splendid nightlife.
When to visit Lagos
Lagos experiences a tropical savanna climate which is classified as Aw under the Köppen climatic classification. The weather is majorly characteristic of two dominant seasons; the wet season and the hot and dry season. The temperature is moderately stable throughout the year, with very minimal variations between the high and low readings, a feature that is attributed to Lagos’ location near the equator.
The dry season begins in November
and ends in March
, with January
being the driest month of the year. February
is the hottest month with the highest temperature recording of 34°C (93.2°F) on average. During the dry season, the average sunshine hours per day are six and a half. Rainfall is still experienced during the season; albeit is minimal amounts. The rain gauge readings barely rise above 84mm (3.3") but go as low as 13.2mm (0.5") on average. The humidity is relatively high, reading at 80% per month on average.
The wet season begins in April
and ends in October
. During this period, heavy rainfall is received in Lagos, with the wettest month being June
with a high reading of 315.5mm (12.4") in precipitation, collected from an average of sixteen and a half rainfall days. The sky remains cloudy most of the season and the sunshine hours per day are reduced to approximately five and a half. Thunderstorms and flooding are common occurrences during the wet season. The temperature, however, remains high and stable within the range of 22°C (71.6°F) and 33°C (91.4°F) on average.
The peak of the tourism period to Lagos is between November and March. This period falls within the dry season and is the warmest period in Lagos. With no heavy rains, indulging in the outdoor activities and beach-life becomes a lot easier.
Lagos has several events throughout the year. The Carnival Festival that is held over Easter is one of them. In April Lagos holds its annual Lagos Black Heritage Festival, which is a forum used to celebrate and appreciate the people of Lagos through musical performances, dance shows, drama and theatre actions, and displays of beautiful art and craft pieces. In October, the Afro-beat Music Festival is held to recognize the founder of the musical genre as well as listen and watch live performances by musicians of the Afro-beat genre.