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Pictures from Banjul, capital of The Gambia


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Banjul, the capital of The Gambia is a fairly small city with a population of around 50,000. It is located on a peninsula in the River Gambia. Banjul has mostly houses of 2-4 floors, some of them are from the colonial period. Very few new buildings are going up, and there are hardly any traffic jams. The perfect location for getting an overview of the capital is Arch 22, a massive gateway to the city looking like a triumph arch with a small museum on the top floors. The museum is not very interesting, but the view from the top is excellent.

The bustling markets are well worth some visits, particularly the Albert Market and the Craft Market. It can also be interesting to walk the quiet streets of the Old Town, for example Ma Cumba Jallow Street.

Banjul has several cheap restaurants and eateries. If you ask locals to suggest a restaurant they will probably guide you to a place where you can order hamburgers and similar western dishes. If you want to try local dishes you have to point this out clearly. We had a nice and exotic dinner at St. Raphael's at 17 Davidson Carrol Street; please note that this is a very simple restaurant, and we do not recommend that you visit their bathroom. But the food was delicious and authentic!