Senegal: Dakar & surroundings

I went on vacations in Senegal in 2014, this is such a beautiful country that I instantly loved. The land is just so gorgeous and senegalese are very friendly.

Here are a few places that you need to see in Dakar and around if you visit this country:

On our first day, we went out to a restaurant serving delicious grilled fishes, the

NGOR

, on the Almadies coast. Seefront, sun and good food: best way to start off the holidays!

I went a few times downtown where I found some pretty nice shops, in particular,

Helen Sarr’s

boutique, who is designing clothes, bags and toys handmade with local fabrics, that are colorful and beautiful.

I discovered the Senegalese fashion creator,

Rama Diaw

, from whom I brougt back amazing fitting pants, so comfy for summertime.


Maam Samba

’s boutique, very involved in solidary economy is selling pretty household linen and other clothes and accessories.

I also walked around local markets such as Kermel and Soumbédioune where you can find many fabrics bags, fantasy jewelry, wicker objects…etc.

To relax, we enjoyed the hotels’ swimming pools such as the

King Fahd Palace

or the

Almadies’ hotel

that also has an access to the beach. You can pay to access these facilities per day.

Still on the Almadies coast, close from where we stayed, we found the perfect little spot for drinks and coffee at seafront, with a small playground for the kids that were kept busy having fun.

We also visited the

African Renaissance Monument.

 You can go upstairs and get a view at Dakar, photos to prove that I went to the top.

When you drive outside Dakar, you can go to the Hann Bel air beach, you pay to get in but it gives you access to a restaurant by the sea and to the beach.

On our way back, we past trough

Hann’s park

, a big garden with great flore, there is also a zoo and a playground for the kids. It’s a nice walk!

With young kids and especially the little one that was a baby back then, we didn’t go out much at nightime (#reality), but we did to celebrate our wedding anniversary at he

Alkimia

resraurant, the food is great and the decor amazing, i recommend to try it.

 

I was impressed with the role of sport there, by the end of the afternoon, by late afternoon, many people are running in groupes on the sidewalks, the beach and are exercising with free stations outside. The city seems to have a sport break, it’s beautiful to witness. 

And when I was running during the day, there were always a few kids, smiling, joining me on my run, just for the fun, I was so touched by that.

What Ive seen from this country really made me want to discover more, it’s truly beautiful.

You can also read my post on

Goree Island

and

Toubab Dialaw

.

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