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Cheap Flights to Senegal

As one of the most peaceful countries in and beyond the region, Senegal poses a charming change from the safari destinations that Africa is famous for. Tourists going here will find a relaxing natural environment in the long coastline while those looking for active pursuits can set off for the national parks. The cities also serve interesting attractions with their bright lights and nightlife in the midst of colonial architecture and rich history.

What to see & do

Dakar, the capital, makes a fascinating introduction for tourists with its cultural landmarks. Tourists going here will find the Village des Arts where various photographers, painters, and sculptors display their works in a large garden. There is also the Musee Theodore Monod to see, considered to be one of the best in West Africa. It contains more than 9,000 objects in display which feature the best in African art and culture. Masks and traditional costumes from different countries can also be viewed here, as well as musical instruments and agricultural tools. After viewing the different collections, visitors can then venture to the gallery behind the main building to look at contemporary art pieces. Those who want to experience the local color can visit the Medina, where one will see a bustling market, tailor's shops, and other structures. One will also find here the Grande Mosquee, an impressive landmark built in 1964.

From here, one can then venture to Saint-Louis, a major city in the northern part of the country. One will see here the Pont Faidherbe, a steel bridge originally built by Gustav Eiffel for Danube. It was then transferred to Saint-Louis in 1897, where it also accommodates ships passing through to the Senegal river. From here, one can then go see the Place Faidherbe, the town square where the statue of the French general who led the exploration of the area in the 19th century is located. There is also Guet N'Dar to see, a busy fishing town where one can stop by in the morning to see dozens of fishing boats launching to the deep or in the afternoon when the fish are brought in.

Tourists can then visit the Ile-de-Goree, which lies off the coast opposite of Dakar. It was once the largest slave-trading center on the African coast. Various colonial powers managed the area, where various people were carted to various parts of the New World. Those going here now will find the Maison des Esclaves, one of the most important monuments to the slave trade. Those exploring the southern tip of the island can go up the Castel, where one can take in the breathtaking views and then visit the arts workshops to look at pieces by the local artists. From here, one can then visit IFAN Historical Museum where there are various displays of island maps, photographs, and other artifacts.

How to get around within Senegal

Travelers can go around the country through the relatively convenient public transport. One is by sept-place taxi, which can get passengers to various parts of the country. One can also take the minibus, but they are not as reliable as the taxis. One can also take the bus, which can transfer travelers to various destinations even though it was slow. Those who want to check out the farther parts of Senegal can also board domestic flights for those who prefer a quicker option.

How to get there

Those going to visit Senegal can board flights to Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar. Airlines serving here connect to various other parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Some of these commercial flight carriers include Air Algerie, Air Burkina, Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air Europa, Air France, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Binter Canarias, Brussels Airlines, Corsair International, Delta Air Lines, Douniah Airlines, Eagle Atlantic Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Gambia Bird, Iberia, Kenya Airways, Mauritania Airlines International, Royal Air Maroc, Senegal Airlines, South African Airways, TACV Cabo Verde Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, and Vueling.

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