Dakar tourism: what to see, island of slaves, museums
Dakar visit, what to see, excursions to do in Senegal’s capital, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the southern part of the peninsula of Cape Verde, also famous for the race Paris-Dakar.
Dakar, home to the lower house of the national parliament and the President’s Palace, was founded by the French in 1857 and in 1902 became the capital of French West Africa, instead of the old colonial capital Saint-Louis. There are traces of human settlements in the distant past dating back to the Paleolithic.
When in 1960 the Senegal gained independence, Dakar was declared its capital. This city enjoys a tropical climate, mild from the sea.
What to see in Dakar
The notoriety that comes from being the final leg of the race Paris-Dakar Rally, helps to make feel immediately upon arrival, a European-style atmosphere.
About 3 km from the coast, there is the island of Gorée, also called island of slaves, as his past is linked to the slave trade, having been used for the boarding of Africans forced into slavery, they were transported in Americas.
For its historical significance and its colonial-style architecture, the island has been inserted in the World Heritage Site.
In West Africa, Dakar is also the main cultural reference, home to the largest university of Senegal.
There are also important research institutes, organizations world-famous, including UNESCO, the Daniel Sorano theater, museums, including the Museum IFAN and art galleries. Many artists live in Dakar.