In the heart of West Africa lays a fascinating city that combines tradition with rustic environments: Dakar. Considered to be the “Paris” of West Africa, Dakar offers interesting landscapes and important historical sites that blend with outstanding colours from the fabrics of the traditional outfits. The port offers traditional experiences through the fisherman’s wharf and at the same time modern experiences by being one of the main shopping areas of the city.
So, what does this city have to offer during your stay?
Village des Arts: An art complex in a large garden space. In this space photographers, artists, painters and sculptors work together to offer an on site cultural experience
Grand Mosque of Dakar and Medina: The Grand Mosque was built in 1964 in the middle of Medina. Medina is a township built during colonial times as a town for locals. It is characteristics for offering streets full of tiny shops and a very popular and busy Marché.
Place de I’Indépendance: The heart of Dakar, Place de l’Indépendance is home of the Governors Office (Gouvernance) and the Chamber of Commerce. It has a squared, symmetrical structure surrounded by colonial architecture.
Outside the city you can also experience incredible places such as:
Lago Rosa: 35 km outside Dakar lies Lake Retba, a lake known for its pink waters and high concentration of salt.
Gorée Island: Gorée Island is home to the House of Slaves, a museum about the slavery process of thousands of people who were sent to the Americas. The museum maintains its ‘Door of No Return’ where slaves had to pass through it to board the ships that would take them to the new world and never return.
Come and see Dakar during your visit. Join us in YALESI 2016.