Senegal has simply everything needed for interesting and comfortable vacation - numerous beaches, beautiful nature reserves and parks, a mysterious desert and many sights. We should start description of the country from its capital, the city of Dakar. The most important architectural landmarks of the city are the building of the City Hall, the President Palace and the beautiful Independence Square. The building of these objects took place in the beginning of the 20th century. The area near the square remains the most famous destination for walks among both locals and travelers. There are several interesting museums in Dakar, a visit to which should be included in the excursion plan of every traveler. The Art Museum, the Museum of History, the Marine Museum and the IFAN Museum of African Arts exhibit wonderful collections of rare items, including artworks, historic artifacts and collections of modern paintings.
There is a beautiful building of the Grand Mosque not far away from the central square. This mosque was built in 1964, and its designers were inspired by the look of classic Islamic mosques of Medina. When describing Dakar, it's simply impossible to fail to mention rich and picturesque bazaars, which are usually called "marche" by locals. Kermel Marche is open in an old building with colonial design. This is also the largest market in the country. Those, who want to purchase memorable souvenirs, are recommended to visit Tilen Market, while fresh seafood is sold at Soumbedioune Market.
The suburbs of the capital are home to one of the most important nature landmarks of Senegal - Lake Retba. The water in the lake is rich in various salts and minerals, the concentration of which is ten times higher than in the ocean. Only bacteria could survive in this peculiar lake, and because of these bacteria water in Lake Retba is bright pink. There is a turtle nature park near the lake, and both children and adults love excursions there.
Fans of beach rest are recommended to go to the region of Petite Cote, where they will enjoy rest on stunning beaches and lagoons. The island of Goree (Ile de Goree) will be liked by travellers who are keen on architectural landmarks and museums. The local Museum of History is open in Fort Estree - a beautiful old building. The ancient slave market remains the main landmark of the city. The market was restored literally from ashes. Nowadays, this site hosts the Museum of Folklore and Culture.
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