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Pristine landscapes, wild animals, bush villages and fine sandy beaches: Senegal is the ideal destination to discover the African continent! From desert areas such as the impressive Saint-Louis region, to dense forests and mountains, to the vast coastline, Senegal offers its visitors a variety of unique landscapes and ecosystems.
However, Senegal has a lot to offer not only in terms of landscape, but also culturally and historically. Some monuments, such as the megaliths of "Wassu", date back to the prehistoric era, and others, such as the "Maison Rose" in Saint-Louis, date back to the colonial era. During your stay, you will also discover Senegalese cuisine, one of the most famous in Africa.
Located at the westernmost point of the African continent, on the Cape Verde peninsula, the Senegalese capital is marked by its strong cultural mix and its architectural diversity. In this dynamic and rapidly changing city, you will appreciate the authenticity of the popular districts such as Medina, Yoff or Patte d'Oie. But Dakar is best known for its wonderful markets, such as Sandaga, with its sumptuous neo-Sudanese architecture, which is worth a visit in itself, or Thilène, known for its local fruit but also its witchcraft items. Finally, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can discover the charming island of Gorée, a few kilometres from Dakar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located 70 km east of Dakar, Thiès is the fifth most populated city, with 345,000 inhabitants. Despite its large size, the city has managed to retain its old-fashioned charm and to avoid the tourist hustle and bustle of the larger urban areas. Behind this apparent calm, Thiès offers its visitors a host of things to see and do. Take the time to wander between the stalls in the craft markets, for example, and chat with the incomparably friendly locals. Thies can also be called the city of craftsmen, as there are so many of them. They will be happy to show you their work with leather, stone, wood or the art of sewing. A unique moment of sharing!
Pointe-Sarène is a little jewel. Located 50 km from Blaise-Diagne International Airport, this seaside resort is a true oasis of calm. This crescent-shaped paradise offers its visitors a magnificent 110-hectare bay of fine sand. Pointe-Sarène is the perfect place to recharge your batteries away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Among the many excursion destinations in the region is the small picturesque island of Fadiouth, nicknamed "Shell Island" because of its bottom, which is completely covered with shells. These piles of shells are the remains of shells that were consumed by the people who have lived in this place since ancient times. Incredible, isn't it?
La Somone is a small seaside resort located on the Petite-Côte, 77 km from Dakar. It has beautiful sandy beaches surrounded by greenery, but it is also known for its magnificent lagoon, nestled in the middle of a nature reserve. Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to admire a wide variety of bird species: pelicans, herons, egrets and pink flamingos are just a few examples among many others.
Saly, a former Portuguese trading post, has taken advantage of the tourism boom in Senegal to become one of the country's most popular resorts. There is so much to do and see here: be enchanted by the paradisiacal landscapes and beautiful palm-fringed beaches, or stroll through the streets and stop to discover the small craft shops and typical restaurants and bars. For lovers of authentic culture, inland excursions, such as to the handicraft market in M'bour, are well worthwhile. The region is also known as a centre for sport fishing and attracts many enthusiasts each year.
With its rich history, exceptional sites and wildlife, Senegal is full of places to discover. To make your stay unforgettable, LuxairTours has selected for you the excursions you should not miss:
- The African Renaissance Monument
- The island of Gorée
- The Pink Lake
- Safari in the Bandia reserve
- Saloum Delta National Park
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.