Cheap Flights To Banjul
Banjul is Gambia's largest city as well as its capital, but with its growth constrained by its island location, Banjul has remained the least-populated capital in Africa giving it a relaxed and friendly vibe. The city was founded by the Portuguese in the 18th century as a gateway for the slave trade. It then became part of the British Empire before gaining independence in the mid-20th century. Both the city's bustling harbour and the Albert Market show it at its colourful best while the unspoilt beaches provide a touch of tropical paradise. Enjoy city activities such as the National Museum before taking a river or coastal boat trip for some wildlife watching where, if you're lucky, you might spot some playful dolphins. Just a short drive away are national reserves where monkeys, hippos and hyenas can be observed, then in the evening kick back and relax with a cold drink and some locally produced peanuts.
Things To Do
A stroll around the busy streets of Banjul takes you past colonial buildings with faded grandeur and traditional steep-roofed Krio houses with their pretty wrought-iron balconies. While in the town, watch hair braiding experts weave their magic with beads then head to one of the beautiful beaches for some relaxing sunbathing and swimming.
An arch with a view
Arch 22 was constructed to celebrate the peaceful coup of 22nd July 1994. Climb to the top for excellent city views before visiting its small museum that showcases local textiles.
The ethnographic exhibits of the National Museum document the region's history from the earliest period right up to the present day. Its collections range from archaeological finds through musical instruments and jewellery to photographs
Exciting souvenir shopping: Albert Market has long being a feature of the city. It is loud and colourful with stalls selling everything from shimmering fabric to fruit and household goods to hair extensions. It's easy to spend a whole morning here shopping for your souvenirs.
Calendar Of Events
Colourful and noisy parades, traditional music and dance, street performances and spicy food all feature in the festivals and events that take place in Banjul throughout the year.
The Cultural Festival. This is held between 25th December and 1st January and is seen as an opportunity to celebrate the capital's religious and cultural tolerance. The festival provides an opportunity for different cultures to be shown off with masked and costumed parades.
The Plymouth to Banjul Rally. This was a one-off charity event that has now become an annual feature. During the first week of March, cars set off to across Europe and Africa. There is a party atmosphere as cars start to arrive and all cars that complete the journey are then auctioned in aid of local Gambian charities.
July 22nd Celebrations. These celebrations are held throughout the country and celebrate the start of Gambia's Second Republic in 1994. The day is marked with military parades along with a whole host of musical and cultural events.