The vibrant markets and busy harbour give Banjul its sense of urban character
As both the Gambia’s capital city and a small, peaceful seaport town situated on St. Mary’s island on the mouth of the Gambian river, holidays in Banjul offer a unique contrast between a bustling, colourful city and a traditional African coastal town.
Holidays to Banjul offer a perfectly tropical winter relaxation break, as the Gambia’s dry season lies between the months of November and May. For Banjul holidays, flights arrive directly into Banjul International Airport, situated fifteen miles from the city, so transfer times are relatively short.
The vibrant markets and busy harbour give Banjul its sense of urban character, and although not the ideal destination for the active holidaymaker, this city is perfect for those seeking sun, sea and sand with a hint of diverse African culture in a country yet to be affected by the tourism industry. There is also an intercontinental port which docks mainly cruise ships.
Primarily the Gambia’s administration centre, there are few tourist attractions in Banjul. Those worth noting are the National Museum, the King Fahad mosque and the historical war memorial located in MacCarthy Square, erected in commemoration of the coronation of King George VI.