Before you dash off to Dakar on a whim, take some time to learn a few things about it.
Dakar is the national capital city of Senegal. To help get you oriented, it lies 110 miles (177 kilometers) to the west of Touba, a notable city.
Visitors to this part of Senegal rub shoulders with about 2,500,000 people.
Hotels in Dakar
Searching for the perfect base from which to explore Dakar's
sights, sounds and smells? You have plenty of options. Senegal's buzzing capital has at least 26 properties to take your pick of.
It's not every day you take off on vacation, so why not treat yourself to some luxury? The Terrou-Bi Beach & Casino Resort (Corniche ouest Boulevard) and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza (Route De La Corniche Ouest) are some of the top upmarket properties here. If you're the sort of wanderer who prefers to spend all their time out exploring, a deluxe suite may not be your style. Some fantastic budget options are the Hotel Lagon (Route de la Corniche Est) and the Hôtel Le Djoloff (7 rue Nani).
Places to visit in Dakar
Are you eager to learn about a few local religious traditions? Attend prayer with devoted worshipers at Dakar Grand Mosque and enjoy an insight into the Islamic faith. Need some more ideas? African Renaissance Statue offers a safe space for quiet reflection. Learn about the design of this memorial and discover when, how and why it was built. And that's not all there is. If the kids are sick of sightseeing and need some exercise, why not take them to Hann Park? It's the perfect place to play a game of tag and toss a ball around.
Where do you fly into for Dakar?
Get set for some brand new experiences! The middle of Dakar is just 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport (DKR).