Gambia Travel Guide
For the sun-worshipper, the Gambia is an idyllic African paradise with soaring temperatures and a serpentine coastline of white sandy beaches lapped by the warm Atlantic Ocean. Itís the perfect place to soak up a few rays whilst experiencing the cultural wealth West Africa has in abundance. Banjul, the proud capital is particularly noted for itís bustling Albert Market, full of lively stalls and local produce including leatherwork, wood carvings, tie-dye and batik prints plus tapes of African songs. Banjul, located on an island at the mouth of the River Gambia is a sleepy little place, but oozes character and charm. There are a number of good hotels and an increasing number of bars, restaurants and discos where the local specialty, a peanut-based stew can be sampled alongside Gambiaís home brewed beers - not bad for the smallest capital city in Africa.
The Atlantic coastal resorts of Kololi and Kotu, although retaining some African ambience are much more geared towards commercialised tourism than Banjul. With modern hotels lining the endless stretches of sand, the visitor can choose between lounging under one of the thatched umbrellas on the beach or enjoying the luxuries of the hotel pool under the sweltering African sun. There is a scattering of bars and restaurants to sample although the choice of eateries is more varied at Kokoli. For a taste of urban West Africa, away from the pristine resort environment, check out nearby Serekunda, the Gambiaís largest town with itís thronging markets and busy lifestyle. The Gambia is just that little bit different to your average holiday destination but never fails to impress.
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