Island of Saint-Louis
This popular destination was founded as a French settlement in the 17th century, served as capital of Senegal from 1872 to 1957, and remains an important city in west Africa. The island is located between the mouth of the Senegal River and features architecturally marvelous buildings from the French colonial era. It’s also a bastion of culture, and the city’s rich history is reflected in the customs and faces of the people.
Why you should go: Visitors should wander the streets, immerse themselves in the local culture, and appreciate the beautiful but often crumbling architecture. Saint Louis is also a great destination to head to for its numerous festivals, including the internationally renowned Saint Louis Jazz Festival.