About Lagos Island
Lagos Island, commonly referred to as Eko is lying on the large protected harbour of Lagos Lagoon. Lagos Island was a fishing village that has grown to become a modern city and a commercial hub for traders from all over Lagos. The mainland of Lagos is connected to Lagos Island via three bridges over the Lagoon.
Lagos Island separates, along with the Lagoon, Lagos into two. It is the gateway to the more affluent neighborhoods of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki. Lagos Island is also the hub to the business district of Lagos state with several financial institutions having their head offices situated in Lagos Island. Lagos Island is also popular for having one of the biggest markets in the state, Balogun Market
Why should you visit Lagos Island?
Lagos Island has lots of business opportunities, especially in the market areas of Balogun and Idumota. Over a 100,000 visit the markets daily. You can also visit to shop for various items from textiles, to clothing, to household items.
The Best Time to Visit Lagos Island
Lagos Island can be visited at all times during week days between 8 am and 8 pm. The market is however not opened on Thursday till 10 am for environmental sanitation.
How to get to Lagos Island
You can get to Lagos Island from Lagos Mainland and Yaba via the Third Mainland Bridge or Carter Bridge.
How to Move around Lagos Island
Buses, motorbikes and tricycles are available for movement from one place to another on Lagos Island. Parking spaces are few and limited to driving with y our car may not be advised. Parking spaces cost between N200 and N500 in different places.
Things to do on Lagos Island
Lagos Island houses numerous financial institutions such as the head office of First Bank of Nigeria. The vibrant Eko market is always full to the brim. Experience the vibrancy and enterprising nature of the people of Lagos at the market.
The traders in the market are a mix of people from all over the country. As you drive to the Lagos Island over the bridges, you will have a view of the Lagoon and possibly find some fishermen fishing. Look out for the old exquisite architectural designs on Lagos Island, which was influenced by the years of British rule. Visit the elegant Cathedral at CMS on Lagos Island. There are a number of high rise buildings on Lagos Island you can’t but notice.
Lagos Island is a concentrated hub of different activities. You can visit Freedom Park for a drink and a meal as well as a tour of the old prison cells, you can also visit the museum located within the park. Live music is also regularly played at the Freedom Park. Lagos Island is also a great place to go shopping for virtually anything you would need. The Muson Center which hosts staged plays and musical shows is also located in Lagos Island. Teslim Balogun Square which hosts several carnivals and government events such as parades is also located in Lagos Island.