A must when visiting Dakar, sunbathing, a walk between colonial buildings or a swim at the water's edge: the island of Goree is a treasure island for those who like to relax in a paradise. It's not for nothing that it has been part of UNESCO's world heritage since 1978.
To enjoy a moment of sweetness, nothing beats a ride on the island of Goree. There, are displayed beautiful colonial houses in pastel colors. Often worn out by the time, they thus enjoy the charm of years. They line the sea, whose bluish reflections contrast with this mosaic of color.
After taking the boat by going to the port of Dakar, located plateau, one arrives before a grandiose panorama. From the first steps, we already know where to rest once the tour of the island realized. Restaurants and bars run along the seaside, others rent parasols to bask in the shade and watch the waves repeat themselves indefinitely.
But the island is not just a peaceful beach. It also offers a haven of peace to stroll, get lost, let yourself be carried by the small paths that wind the whole. Everything is sublime when the visitors, these inquisitors, are not yet numerous. It is better for this to avoid weekends and focus on weekdays. There, sometimes there is a calm calm, soothing, delicious.
Of course, you will always find some jewelry sellers and other accessories to ask you to look at their shop "for the pleasure of the eyes". A little trick that will lead you on a risky visit where you will need patience and perseverance if you do not want to spend all your retirement savings.
Once lightened of its few francs CFA, one can finally be carried towards the key places of this small territory. It will obviously be necessary to go through the slave house. A symbolic and historical place, although its role in the triangular trade is today relativised. The visit is quick and taking a guide is probably useless. The place speaks for itself and is worth seeing. The house is closed on Mondays, which also means that the island is quieter on this day.
More delightful will be the visit of the Saint Charles Borromeo church, a beautiful cream-colored building that was built in 1830 after the fire of the old church, at the time of the recovery of the island by the English. It will also visit one of the oldest stone mosques in the country, built in 1890, on the western slope of the Castel. To the north, one sees, as soon as the arrival, the old Fort of Estrées, today historical museum, devoted to the general history of the country, from the origins to the independence. Opened in 1994, the Museum of the Woman is also one of the assets of the island, by giving an account of the history of the women of the country.
It will not be necessary to forget to climb the hill, by the road paved and haloed by sellers of paintings and jewels. The driveway, lined with trees and colorful paintings is worth the trip alone. By venturing, we are amazed by all his creations. Arrived at the top, one discovers the Gorée memorial, as well as the old canons which overhang the island. From there, we have a panoramic view of Dakar.
For all its reasons, visiting the island is something not to be missed for anyone traveling to Dakar. It is also a good idea for all Dakar residents to enjoy a friendly moment, away from the city and its tumult. We take advantage of this architectural heritage, the sun's rays that reflect on the sea, the calm and tranquility of a simply beautiful place.