Holidays to Banjul offer a perfectly tropical winter relaxation break

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.

The vibrant markets and busy harbour give Banjul its sense of urban character

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.

Currency: Dalasi

Language: English

Time Difference: GMT -0

Population: Approx 34900

Religion: Islam


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Winter sun, culture and friendly locals

At the heart of the city is Albert Market, a vibrant scene selling beautifully hand crafted goods, from batiks to jewellery to fresh fruits and vegetables. With so few tourists, it is possible to gain a sense of the original African way of life, as locals banter and barter over everything on offer.

The popular coastal beach resorts of Kololi, Bakau, Kotu, and Fajara are all in close proximity. There is one beach in the centre of town, although many prefer to travel to the nearby resort of Banjul Beach, which offers finer sand and an array of water sports. Book holidays to Banjul online here at

Places to Visit

River Gambia National Park

Known locally as Baboon Island, it stands amongst a group of five islands in the middle of the River Gambia. You will be able to see an abundance of wild animals including crocodiles, hippo’s, warthogs, chimpanzees as well as spider monkeys