Dakar: A reference city

Isle of Goree

Famous for hosting for many years in its beautiful beaches the largest and most severe test of motoring in all-terrain, the Rally Paris / Dakar, the city of Dakar, Senegal’s capital, was founded by the French in 1857, is one of four cities historical of the country and the former capital of French West Africa (AOF). Located on the Cape Verde Peninsula, the entrance into the city is by Léopold Sedar Senghor Airport, a tribute to the first president of Senegal, known as the chief poet. It stands in the culture, organizing the Biennial of Contemporary Art of the city, called Dak’art, and the first World Festival of Black Arts, organized at the initiative of Leopold Sedar Senghor in 1966 and reissued in 2010. An unprecedented event in cultural history, and the solemn and festive declaration of blackness

While there, be sure to visit the Isle of Goree — known as the Isle of Slaves — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, you will find several museums, such as the House of Slaves Museum (former senzala where Slaves to the Caribbean and the United States), the Fort d’Estrée Museum and the Women’s Museum. A visit to the markets, the Grand Mosque, the Cathedral and the city zoo should also be included in the travel itinerary. It is good to always have a dictionary of French, the official language in the country, at hand.