Colours of Elmina

East of Accra is one of West Africa's most colourful towns

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  • Wooden carving at street stall in Elmina

  • Overlooking Elmina's natural harbour at dusk

  • Overlooking the beach east from Elmina Castle

  • Riding through the market

  • Most of the town comes out every morning to count the boats back under the bridge

  • Fishing boast returning

  • Time for repairs and relaxation before fishing time

  • A riot of colour as the boats come back in

  • Off-loading the fish from the boats

Wooden carving at street stall in Elmina

Is there a more colourful vision in Ghana than Elmina's fishing port on a clear morning? This masculine little town subjects the visitor to a whirl of sights, sounds and smells like nowhere else on the coast. The clatter and chatter of the fish market is a world unto itself and truly a sight to behold - a swarming rainbow palette of batik dresses and football shirts offset by great tubs of crabs, squid and mahi-mahi, all dominated by the painted hulls of newly returned pirogues, themselves strewn with flags and washing. When you factor in a supporting cast of goats, chickens and wheeling birds of prey, not to mention the oven-door heat blast, it's quite a scene.

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