Banjul, Gambia, in West Africa, is the country's capital city. With a population of only forty thousand, Banjul, Gambia is one of the smallest capitals in the smallest country on the continent. Gambia has become a very popular destination among package holidays. Its beautiful beaches and lovely weather (especially at times when the weather in Europe is the opposite) and its location only a few hours away from Europe make Gambia a perfect destination. But also for the more adventurous, Gambia is on the map. While most package holiday tourists stay in towns at the coast and skip the capital Banjul, it is an important hub for overland travelers. If you are traveling to or from the northern border with Senegal, you will probably pass Banjul.
When you are in Banjul, it is worth exploring for a day, but do not expect a lot of interesting landmarks just because Banjul is the capital. The Arch Twenty-Two is arguably the nicest piece of architecture and houses a textile museum. Banjul is also home to the National Museum and the Africa Heritage Museum. To get the best idea of local life in the capital of Gambia, it is worth checking out the market, even if you do not need anything. The southern, quiet end of the city is good for bird watching. The best time to visit is early morning, when there is not much traffic yet. Because Banjul, Gambia, is a very small city, all sites are in walking distance from each other.
Banjul, Gambia hostels are scarce, and they seem to come and go. For visiting Banjul, it is not necessary to book a Banjul, Gambia hostel or other accommodation in the city itself. Have a look at Serenkunda and Bakau too -- two cities that attract more tourists and thus more accommodation options. If you find a hostel in Banjul, Gambia, or a nearby town that you like, it is best to book it months in advance, because the cheapest accommodations tend to sell out far in advance.
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