The capital Dakar

Dakar's history dates back to the 15th century when it was founded as the fishing village of Lebu. In the 16th century, it became a trading center for Portuguese, French, and Dutch merchants who traded slaves, gold, and ivory. In the 19th century it became part of the French colonial empire and in 1902 was chosen as the capital of French West Africa. In 1960, Senegal gained independence from France and Dakar became its capital.

Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal, located on the Cap-Vert peninsula on the west coast of Africa. It has a population of around 3 million and is the cultural, political, and economic center of the country.

Dakar is divided into 19 districts that have different histories and characters. Some of them are:

- Plateau: It is the historical core of the city, where the presidential palace, the national assembly, the main square, and many colonial buildings are located. It is also the commercial and financial center of the city, home to many banks, hotels, and institutions.

- Medina: It is one of the city's oldest and most densely populated parts, where the poorer population lives. It is known for its market, mosques, schools, and cultural life. It is also home to the famous Grand Mosque of Dakar, which is a symbol of Islam in Senegal.

- Yoff: It is a coastal district where Dakar International Airport is located. It is also a fishing village where traditional customs and ceremonies have been preserved. Yoff is famous for its beach, which is a popular spot for surfers and tourists.

- Almadies: It is one of the most modern and expensive parts of the city, where you can find luxury hotels, restaurants, clubs, and residences. It is also the diplomatic district, where the embassies of many countries are located. Almadies is a popular destination for the rich and famous.

- Pikine: It is the largest and most populous district of Dakar, which was created as a satellite town where immigrants from the countryside stay. Pikine is characterized by poverty, overcrowding, and lack of infrastructure. But it is also a place of strong social cohesion and community activism.

- Ngor: This is an island district that is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Several fishing villages, beach resorts, and art studios are located here. Ngor is also a starting point for trips to nearby Ngor Island, which is a protected nature reserve.

Other neighborhoods include, for example, Goreé Island, which is the smallest and least populated urban area of Dakar. According to the 2013 census, there were 1,680 inhabitants.

Dakar has a lot to offer its visitors - beautiful beaches, lively local markets, but also, for example, various festivals, exhibitions, and concerts. One of the most important cultural events is the Kaay Feec Festival, which focuses on African music, dance, and art. This festival takes place every year in November and showcases the best artists from across the continent. Another interesting festival is Dark'Art, which takes place every two years and presents contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Want an authentic African adventure? Try Senegal and its capital Dakar.