Labelled ‘The Coal City’, Enugu derives its name from the Igbo phrase Enu Ugwu meaning “the top of the hill”. One of the most popular cities in the eastern part of Nigeria, it owes its geographical
significance to the discovery of coal in 1909 by a team of British geologists.
The capital of Enugu state and home to a majority of the Igbo of southeastern Nigeria, Enugu blends old charm with the buzz of a modern city, giving it the deserved reputation of being one of the most beautiful and peaceful cities in the country.
The city’s natural and cultural tourism resources and facilities are numerous. They include lakes, caves, hills, waterfalls, springs and cultural festivals like the Mmanwu and Iri-ji, new yam festivals. Like other southeastern states in the country, the people are responsive, inquisitive people with deep regard for their cultural heritage as well as a knack for good times
TOP THREE SITES
Awhum Waterfall and cave
Surrounded by a breath-taking scenery, this 30 meter high waterfall nurtures an evergreen vegetation as well as varieties of biological species including wild animals and a wide variety of birds. Located close to a monastery, its water is believed to have therapeutic effects and curative powers.
The Ugwueme and Udi Hills
Udi hills is the site of the first coal mine in Enugu, opened in 1915 but later replaced with the Ica Valley Mine in 1917. Ugwueme and Udi hills are about one hundred metres above sea level and is the perfect site for mountain climbing and picnics.
The Ezeagu Tourist Complex
Ezeagu Tourist Complex certainly obeys the call of nature as it stands tall in the heart of south-central Eungu; with a 3-kilometer cave, cold and warm spring, waterfall, and a resplendent lake within 30 minutes’ drive of the city centre.
Like the city’s restaurants, shops and inhabitants, places to stay in Enugu are far from predictable. Whether you are looking for charm and sophistication, a locally-run inn or a lively family resort, the city can deliver.
With attractions spread all over this city, it is worth considering how close out to the outskirts of town you want to be before making your decision, especially if you don’t have access to a car.
Favourite hotels include: Golden Royale, Nike lake resort, Golf Le meridian Hotels , Maybach hotel and resort and Fontana Hotel.
Igbo cuisines are generally intricate, nutritious and palatable as it is prepared with exquisite flavours. Some of the favourite meals in Enugu include Abacha (African Salad) and Nkwobi; a number of restaurants across town offer these delicacies. Some of the Best restaurants include: Aarons Signature Restaurant, Open Sharaton, Bubbles, Culture Arcade, Continental impressive, and Anu-ewu joint.
Shopping is one of the best activities here. Whether it’s ravaging local markets, digging through retail vintage stores or window-shopping for pricey luxury goods, Enugu offers an exciting shopping experience. If you have deep pockets, Polo Park mall is a must-go, while bargain hunters will want to check out other outlets on Independence Layout.
Enugu is the number one location for Nigerian celebrities as the city is the preferred filming location for directors of the Nigerian movie industry, dubbed “Nollywood”.
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