In this article, I’ll be reviewing the top 10 most beautiful cities in Nigeria, You’ll also get to see the most beautiful states in Nigeria, The most beautiful cities in Igboland, and the best places to reside in Nigeria.
A country with a population of over 190 million people, with 36 states, over 450 indigenous languages, home to over 300 cultures and ethnic groups, and a landmass of about 923,763 km², there are bound to be beautiful cities and places. There are beautiful cities in Nigeria which attract tourist attraction and we would make it known to you.
In this article, I will give you a rundown on the Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities in Nigeria. The media often portray Nigeria as an ugly, poverty-stricken place to live in, but it’s not all true. In Nigeria there are a thousand beautiful cities, places, landscapes, terrains, rivers, falls and eye-catching scenery to view. It’s no wonder why millions of people come with their loved ones to have a lovely stay in Nigeria during the holidays.
Most Beautiful Cities in Nigeria
In no hierarchical order, we bring you a list of the top 10 cities to live in Nigeria. Our criteria were based on certain factors such as the population, standard of living, infrastructure, growth, and development of such a city.
- Warri, Delta State
Coming as #10 is from the southern part of Nigeria. Warri is always tagged as the most notorious place in Nigeria especially by comedians but truth be told, the elegant city of Warri is home to diverse cultural groups.
Warri is regarded as the commercial capital of the state and gets more attention and developmental focus than Asaba (the state capital). After all, “You know say Warri no dey carry last“.
Warri is one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria as well as large reserves of the oil deposit. In Warri, you will find beautiful beaches, top-notch recreation facilities, and road networks, zoos, museums, and state of the malls,
- Calabar, Cross River State
Also from the southern part of Nigeria is one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria. It is the capital of Cross River State. Also known as “Canaan City“, Calabar is ever springing out modern developments. This is the center of tourism in Nigeria. This is one of the best places to live in Nigeria on a small budget.
The beautiful city of Calabar is always lively and is indeed the ‘Nation’s paradise’ foreigner tool in all year round to catch a glimpse of the landscape, festivities, and carnivals, botanical garden, museums, and amusement parks, hotels and resorts, seaports and aquarium, food and mouth-watering cuisines, ranches, fashion shows, dance parties, boat regattas and of course art and history and more.
Calabar is always on point. Calabar is undeniably clean. Her organization and security is top-notch and deserves a place as one of the best places to live in Nigeria.
- Kaduna, Kaduna State
Another city sharing her name with its state is the beautiful city of Kaduna. The northern part of Nigeria has not been left out on this list. This is the first city from the northern part of Nigeria on this list. Kaduna comes in at number 8 on the top 10 most beautiful cities in Nigeria. Being the third-largest city in Nigeria by landmass, the beautiful city of Kaduna is spectacular.
Kaduna is characterized by scattered short trees, shrubs and green pastures. Kaduna is a place you must visit if you want to get up to date with the Hausa/Fulani culture. Although terrorism gave them a bad reputation, they stood up to this evil and defeated it, bringing out that shining inner Beauty. the beautiful city of Kaduna is one of the best northern states in Nigeria.
Kaduna is one of the few cities in Nigeria that appreciates arts and history like the Amalgamation house, which housed Lord Lugard and his personnel during colonialism and there is also famous the Zaria City walls of Queen Amina, the ancient Nauru castle. Kaduna also plays a big role in Nigeria’s local and international trade.
Urbanization in Nigeria also resulted in Kaduna population growth and industrialization over the past decades. Kaduna has all the features of an urban city including state of the art shopping malls, two airports, cultural centers, a polo club with an impressive 1.6-kilometer racecourse, many restaurants, hotels, and other exciting sights and places to visit.
- Owerri, Imo State
From the eastern part of Nigeria is the capital of Imo state. The beautiful city of Owerri have seen its ups and down but this led to perfection. All over Nigeria, there is no sight as natural as those found in Imo. Dominated by the Igbos, you’ll learn a lot even on a short visit.
Tourists for all over the world crash here to see heart-melting sights like the Oguta Lake, Ada palm plantation, Mbari cultural and art center and the Edemili lake. There are also a lot of natural lakes and streams all over the city of Owerri, and this makes Owerri one of the best cities in Nigeria.
With over 3,500 hectares of land in a smooth terrain and breathtaking landscape with an exceptional view in a clean and secure environment, this is one state that will leave you with a memory.
- Enugu, Enugu
Located in the eastern parts of Nigeria is the beautiful city of Enugu. Enugu is proudly tagged the coal city, but there is nothing black about the city you’ll get non stop entertainment when you reside here. The nightlife is amazing.
The Coal City was formed from another state known as Anambra on August 27, 1991. And since then, Enugu has been in a phase of constant development like a few of her sister states. Enugu has very nice topography and attractive structures, breathtaking waterfalls, hills, rocks, and a serene environment.
Did I mention the sunrise? Enugu has one of the most beautiful sunrises found in an urban environment. The city and the state bear the same name, making it the center of developmental attention.
Other eye-catching sights include a wildlife park and game reserve, impressive recreational centers, an amusement park, public coal mines, museums and art galleries, golf courses, zoo, botanical garden, public decor, and parks. You can also visit the Uli hills, Ngwo cave, Ogelube lake, the Aniozalla lake, and the Iheneke lake and get a different view of nature.
- Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Port Harcourt comes in as number 5 on this list. From the southern part of Nigeria, this is a place you must visit, especially those who like aqua life, waterfronts and slashes. Garden City is one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria.
With a massive amount of crude oil deposit making an apple in the eyes of investors and the development have been constantly rising. It is the capital of Rivers state and one of the most urban and modernized places in Nigeria. People usually troop into Port Harcourt for her non-stop entertainment.
The nightlife here is simply amazing and bonfire nights are spectacular. it is one of the richest cities in Nigeria, home to big multinational companies, 3-4 stars hotels, beautiful bodies of water and green grass. But what tourists love about Port Harcourt is the fact that they know how to have a good time whether, in the Upper Orashi Reserve or the Finima beach, there is always fun and energy.
- Akure, Ondo State
Akure is the capital of Ondo state, located in the western part of Nigeria and home to the Yoruba tribe. It is often said that the air is cleaner is Akure, because it is the dwelling place of nature.
Akure has a natural beauty which includes the presence of rocks. It has an interesting rock history with engraved details dating back to 900BC, waterfalls, forest, captivating hills, cocoa, corn, tobacco and cotton farms all in an urban environment.
Although Akure is not major tourist attention, she comes with a fascinating sight that leaves you wanting more. Making it rank among the top 20 most beautiful cities in Nigeria.
- Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
Again from the southern part of Nigeria is the amazing city of Uyo. Uyo is one of the best cities in Nigeria. This is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, Uyo is among the 10 cleanest states in Nigeria, and has some of the neatest cities in Nigeria.so really turned the whole state into a sight for sore eyes.
Uyo is very planned out with good road networks without potholes, solar street lighting system, elegant hotels rated 3-5 star, multi-billion naira ultra-modern stadium, beautiful road roundabout in Uyo city and a clean environment. The land of promise is made for relaxation and will give full comfort. You can never go wrong in Uyo. Uyo stands as one of the most developed areas in Nigeria.
- Abuja, F.C.T
This is the most pre-planned city in Nigeria. Located in the Northcentral, Abuja is an example of a world-class capital state. It houses both the river Niger and Benue, the Aso rock and is the capital of Nigeria with a grand master plan of what Abuja must look like. Abuja is the most beautiful city in Nigeria & one of the most important cities in Nigeria because this is the Federal capital of Nigeria and gets the most attention.
This is the most important part of the nation to both local people and foreign visitors, and it is indeed the most organized place in the country. The city is well planned, with good 4-5 lane express roads, international shopping centers, 5-star hotels, breathtaking buildings, Aso Rock, Zuma Rock, The Presidential Complex, the National Stadium, National Mosque, museums and art galleries, green parks, cinemas, cultural centers and more. The city is said to be very organized and clean.
- Lagos, Lagos State
Lagos City is a beautiful mystery and the most popular city in West Africa. The beautiful city of Lagos is the combination of every city on the list and more. It is one of the best states to live in Nigeria, Located in the Western part of Nigeria and her capital located at Ikeja. Lagos state is the smallest state in Nigeria and used to be the capital of Nigeria until 1991.
The beautiful city of Lagos is a giant magnet that attracts citizens of Nigeria and tourists from countries of the world to her popular metropolitan area. Being a major city in Nigeria and Africa’s financial center, The center of Excellence is well known for its attractive and interesting places, figures and structures. Lagos as also been stated as one of the best cities in Africa.
Lagos houses numerous possibilities for locals and foreigners. “nothing wey you no fit see for Lagos” including the finest university in the Nation, the most elegant shopping mall, Disney world, tranquil sandy beaches, amazing 5 stars hotels, ultra-modern parks, cinemas, galleries and churches, reliable road network that lead to different corners of the country, airports, good people and over 150 cultural groups.
The home of amala and again beans, restaurants, bars, museums, and art centers and the most elegant places is Nigeria (Ikoyi, Lekki, Festac, Surulere…) and The abundance of water has made places like Bar beach, Lekki beach, restaurants, Badagry beach, Eleko Beach, Elegushi, & Alpha beach a major hot spot. Indeed Lagos one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria.
These are the Top 10 most beautiful cities in Nigeria. There are more in Edo state, Anambra state, Kano state, Delta State, Ebonyi State, etc. But when it comes to the best and most beautiful cities in Nigeria, these 10 stands out. Would you like to share an idea or give a recommendation? Please do so in the comment section below.