Built during World War II, Murtala Muhammed International Airport is the major international airport that is serving the city of Lagos. Formerly known as Lagos International Airport, it was then changed to its present name in honour of military ruler General Murtala Ramat Muhammed.
Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s design and structure is inspired from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. At the moment, the airport is a hub to flag carrier airlines, Aero and Arik Air.
What to see & do
By 2015, Lagos is expected to be the third largest mega city next to Tokyo, Japan and Mumbai, India, as foresighted by the United Nations. Even if it was stripped from its capital status in 1991, Lagos still serves as the financial and economic capital of Nigeria.
When Portuguese explorer Rui de Sequeira arrived in the city in 1472, he initially named it as “Lago de Curamo,” wherein “lago” means “lakes” in Portuguese. As it is, Lagos is a metropolis formed from islands in surrounded by bodies of water. At present, Lagos is divided into three main districts—the mainland, Greater Lagos, and the Islands. Another district called Eko Atlantic City has its construction underway. These districts are joined by three major bridges such as the Carter Bridge, the Eko Bridge, and the Third Mainland Bridge.Lagos has a strong historical connection with Portugal, as reflected to its culture and architecture. The city, however, has slowly evolved into its modern appeal that offers a variety of activities during the day and even at night.
Lagos is known for its fabulous beaches that sure add allure to the city’s historical charm. One of the most popular is the Lagos Bar Beach that boasts of sand bars running across the coastline of Lagos. Lagos Bar Beach is not too far from the mainland as it is located at the main inner city, in Victoria Island.
Lagos is known for its fabulous beaches that sure add allure to the city’s historical charm. One of the most popular is the Lagos Bar Beach that boasts of sand bars running across the coastline of Lagos. Lagos Bar Beach is not too far from the mainland as it is located at the main inner city, in Victoria Island. Another is the manmade beach, the Tarkwa Bay, where tourists can experience different water activities like surfing and water-skiing. Near Tarkwa, there is another beach called the Lighthouse Beach, because of a towering 110-year-old lighthouse that serves as Lagos’ harbour guard. Tourists can also visit the Eko Tourist Beach, a half-a-mile beach which is a 40-minute drive from Lagos. For non-beachgoers, Lagos has many museums that display its rich history. These are the National Museum of Nigeria, Didi Museum, Nike Art Gallery operated by Nike designer and artist Davies Okundaye, and the National Theatre of Arts and Culture.
How to get around within Lagos
With street signs in every corner, it would not be that difficult to looks for places in Lagos. However, it is still best to be accompanied by a tourist guide when going around the city. There are many different modes of transportation in Lagos depending to where the destination is. To avoid being stuck in traffic, transit buses from the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) schemes are the best choice, especially when considering affordability and convenience. Transit buses are run by two operators: the NURTW Cooperative (Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers) and the LagBus, a Lagos State Government owned Asset Management Company. NURTW buses are coloured red, while LagBus buses are in blue. Tickets can be bought at bus stops before boarding, but when riding at night, it is best to purchase tickets earlier in the day because vendors are often unavailable. Another option is to rent a car or take a cab. Though it would be easier to get to places, it is more costly and the traffic congestion and limited parking spaces in Lagos could be a problem. If going from one district to another, Lagos State Ferry Services Corporation has regular routes to and from Lagos Island and the mainland.
How to get there
Lagos’ main airport, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, is located at the mainland. Most European cities like London, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Istanbul, and some in United States such as Atlanta, New York, and Houston, have direct flights to Lagos. Airlines that serve the airport are Aero Contractors, Arik Air, and Med-View Airline, among others.
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