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Dakar – Small, beautiful and full of life

By Carlton Leisure - 28/08/2014

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Situated across the Cap-Vert peninsula, Dakar unveils as a kaleidoscope of villages and erstwhile French colonial towns. The capital city of African country of Senegal overwhelms tourists with its amazing contrasts. On your visit you will see horse carts on the one side and swanky SUVs on another, glamorous people strolling through the markets while devout people leaning for prayers on another. This small yet elegant city has enough to keep you engaged for two to three days. Take a flight to Dakar that boasts amazing diversity, great dining and envying nightlife. Here, we give a small list of attractions for the travellers planning a visit to Senegalese capital.

The Plateau

The plateau is the downtown neighbourhood of Dakar. The area can be best explored on foot and tourists can walk through the Presidential Palace, the Chamber of Commerce, Hotel de Ville, the Market and the train station- some of the popular draw cards of the region.

Museums

The Senegalese capital is also home to some beautiful museums that give you an opportunity to understand this city and country. Musee Theodore Monod is one of the most impressive museums in West Africa. With 9,000 objects on display, the museum gives an understanding of art and culture of the country.

Galerie Nationale which was opened to public in 1983 also attracts a large number of travellers through its vast collection.

Village de Arts

No art trip of Dakar is said to be complete without a visit to Village de Arts where renowned artists, photographers, painters and sculptors showcase their works in a large garden space. After a visit to their galleries you can sip drinks and have a lively chat in a nearby restaurant.

Les Almadies

This upscale neighbourhood of the city is one of the tourists’ favourites. The area has some spectacular beaches, luxury hotels and plethora of dining options to make tourists feel at home. This neighbourhood provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Dakar.

N’Gor:

Situated off the coast, the island offers excellent options for surfing. Even if you are not a surfing enthusiasts you would like to stay here for long.

Medina

Do you want to have a look on the markets of Dakar? Then there is no better place to do so than a visit to Medina. On your arrival to the city you will be welcomed by colourful markets abuzz with locals and foreign tourists. The market gives you a peek into the life of the Senegalese capital.