Dakar is the Capital City of Senegal (Africa) situated on the Cape Verde Peninsula on the Western edge of Africa. Its huge economic and tourist fame has been promoted by its strategic location, i.e. the Western-most city in Africa which is the best departure-arrival point for European and trans-Atlantic trading and travel.
The Major Attractions of Dakar
When you visit Dakar you would be surprised by the cleanliness of the city. This is a modern and cosmopolitan city which is a major tourist attraction. The people here are famous for their exceptional hospitality which leaves all the tourists overawed and overwhelmed. Wherever you go there will be someone ready to help and guide you taking out time from their busy schedule to assist you. This is simply amazing.
The Beaches â€“ there are two major beaches in Dakar, i.e. the Plage Bel-Air and the Nâ€™Gor and Yoff. Incidentally, this beach is also famous as the cleanest of all. Two more beaches are worth a visit â€“ the Yenn and the Toubab Dialao. From here you could also enjoy the spectacular view of the red cliffs.
The History â€“ check out the Ille de Goree (Goree Island) which had been the place from where slaves were packed for America. There is a museum called the House of Slaves which is worth seeing.
Sight Seeing â€“ most of the attraction are around Dakar and be warned that it is quiet a harrowing experience to travel outside the city â€“ however, as the saying goes, â€˜No pain, no gainâ€ if you want to enjoy some great spots, you need to risk the trip.
The first thing to visit is the old capital of Senegal, the St Louis. Here you would be able to enjoy some great nightlife, excellent natural beauty in the bird sanctuaries and parks, and an exceptional appetizing cuisine.
The other amazing spot that you need to see is the Sine Saloum Delta. The trip within the Delta by pirogue is by itself a great experience. Use a pre-paid guide to show you around so ou could make the most of your trip.
Just an overnight trip away from Dakar is the Casamance where you would find some amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world (if that can be possible). Your target is the Cap Skirring which is a major tourist attraction.
If you have a religious bent of mind and want to combine your vacation with a little spiritual experience, visit the Touba which is a highly venerated religious center just a day away from Dakar.
Shopping in Dakar â€“ those who love shopping would not be disappointed by Dakar. You have the Islam Couture where you can highly qualitative (and expensive) African embroidered garments. Then you have the flea markets, Marche Sandaga, Marche HLM and Marche Kermel where you can buy absolutely anything under the sky. You will find some wonderfully quaint restaurants and food stall on the top of the three storied Marche Sadanga where you could enjoy both the local cuisine and the panoramic view of the city.Stumble it!