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A peaceful atmosphere radiates from Banjul, Africa’s smallest capital city. You feel that you are wandering around a village rather than a commercial centre.
Banjul, the capital of Gambia, is situated on an island, since it is separated from the mainland by a small river. The city was founded by the British in 1816 as a slave-trading centre. Today, most of its 50,000 inhabitants work in the peanut industry, as they are Gambia’s main export.
The Albert market is the living heart of the city. You can easily spend a few hours wandering around there looking for a charming souvenir. A visit to Gambia’s National Museum is also worthwhile. Its collection of photographs, maps and documents about archaeology, the peoples of Africa and the colonial period will certainly captivate you. Nearby, there is also the 35 metre high archway, which was built to commemorate the coup of 22 July 1994.