Be sure to stop at the Kurmi Market, where you’ll find everything from shoes and carved stones to jewelry and jewelry boxes.
If you’re keen to sample the local cuisine, try miyan taushe (pumpkin seed soup) and tuwo shunkafa (pounded rice), washed down with zobo (marshmallow herbal tea).
Kano’s climate is hot and semi-arid. Rainfall is most plentiful between June and September.
PLACES TO SEE
Climb Dala Hill and view the magnificent Kano landscape. Gidan Makama Museum, a 15th century former palace, houses major works of art, so pay a visit to this museum and to Dan Hausa, northern Nigeria’s first primary school. Tour the Great Mosque of Kano with its unique architecture.
Founded some 1,400 years ago, Kano is west central Africa’s oldest city. As a stop on the Trans-Sahara trade route, it was also an important place for Islamic scholars.
The Hausa language, which has the largest number of speakers in northern Nigeria, is spoken.
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Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Kano-Istanbul flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.