10 Most Stunning African Cities You’ve Never Seen

Most people outside Africa perceive that the continent is all about savannah, safaris, and desserts. The truth is, it has several cities that are very urbanised as well as laden with a character and beauty that makes them very stunning. To prove that, here are ten of the most beautiful African cities:

10. Alexandria – Egypt

Alexandria Egypt

Credit: Mahmoud Mostafa
Credit: Mahmoud Mostafa

This city got its name from its founder, Alexander the Great. Now, it is the second largest city in Egypt. Although the city is more modernized now, you can still see a glimpse of the old city in its old monuments, European houses, and cafes. Its best attractions would be the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa, Cathedral of St. Mark, and the Roman Theater.

9. Marrakech – Morocco


Sahara Palace Marrakech Image: hosmark.com
Sahara Palace Marrakech Image: hosmark.com
















This is one of the largest cities in Morocco. Its name means the “Land of God”, but the city is more known as the Red City. Marrakech is wedged between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, making it a very interesting place to visit. Aside from that, it is also the home of the Djemaa el Fna Square, which is famous for its street performers and vendors.

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8. Antananarivo – Madagascar

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If you love sunsets, then you might want to consider living in this capital city of Madagascar. Aside from the sunsets, it also has numerous historical sites, most of which reflect the French occupation. There are also beaches and palaces in this city. Exploring Antananarivo may be a bit challenging and exciting at the same time because of its steep roads and alleys. An African city to behold.

7. Dakar – Senegal

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Dakar is the capital city of Senegal. What attract most tourists to this place are its vibrant colours. This city is located in the coast, which makes it play a crucial role in European trade. Some of the attractions that you will see here are the Grand Mosque, the Renaissance Monument, and the Dakar Cathedral. Aside from these physical attractions, you will love the hospitality shown by the locals, especially as you enjoy its markets.

6. Cairo – Egypt

Cairo Egypt

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Cairo is the largest city in Egypt. The city itself is a beauty to behold, but the main attractions here are still the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. The pyramids are found just outside the centre of the city. So, if you want to get a glimpse of one of the ancient wonders of the world, make sure to visit Cairo. Cairo is one of those African cities with lots of historical stories surrounding it.

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