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Dakar, Senegal

Dakar is the capital of Senegal. You should visit the Dakar IFAN Museum to watch the outstanding collection of West African and Senegalese masks, amazing musical instruments, and remarkable statues. You can find this magnificent museum in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. In Dakar, you can also find some of the worth-visiting markets, such as many markets and Tilene’s Walk. Do not miss visiting Madeleinea Island in the vicinity of this capital city.

The area around Dakar was settled in the 15th century. The Portuguese established a presence on the island of Gorée off the coast of Cap-Vert and used it as a base for the Atlantic slave trade. France took over the island in 1677. Following the abolition of the slave trade and French annexation of the mainland area in the 19th century, Dakar grew into a major regional port and a major city of the French colonial empire. In 1902, Dakar replaced Saint-Louis as the capital of French West Africa. From 1959 to 1960, Dakar was the capital of the short-lived Mali Federation. In 1960, it became the capital of the independent Republic of Senegal.

For many years Dakar was home for the annual desert rally, which was first held in 1977 as Paris-Dakar Rally. In the past, the rally was held on the rally tracks of Southern Europe, in the mountains and deserts of northern Africa until 2007. Since 2009 the Dakar Rally had been taking place on the South American continent and starting from 2020 in Western Asia. The final stage of the rally took place around Lac Rose, a red salt lake in the north of the Dakar peninsula.

What to do in Dakar:

Beaches- One of the most popular beaches is Plage de N'Gor.
Birdwatching- Senegal is a great country for birdwatching and Dakar is not the exception. Les Almadies is a good place to see the seabirds and the Iles de la Madeleine is the only nesting place of the red-billed tropicbird in Africa.
Magic Land, Dakar-Amusement park.
Musical scene- Check out, it is incredibly rich.
Surfing- This attraction can be realized at Gorée Island (Île de Gorée).

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