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Cheap flights from Senegal

Senegal, one of the most stable democracies in West Africa, is a beautiful place to visit and relax in. Set on the tip of the peninsula, the country's coastline is full of nice beaches, vibrant nightlife, and thriving markets. Wildlife is also rich here, allowing for hikers to enjoy the sight of various creatures in scenic, yet challenging landscapes. Colonial structures can also be found here, hinting at the rich culture tourists can learn more about during a holiday here.

Tourists will also enjoy their time here, due to the various opportunities and amenities for a laidback or active vacation. The daily life here is also mostly peaceful, even with the widespread poverty and high unemployment. Although a separatist movement has formed in the southern Casamance region, the rest of the country is relatively safe to visit.

Where to go

Reaching along the coast from the capital Dakar, to the border with Mauritania, the northern part of Senegal charms tourists. One will find here Saint Louis, the oldest French settlement in West Africa, a beautiful place to visit due to its range of colonial architecture. This has made it become a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, with various structures accounting for its title. One of them is the Pont Faidherbe, which was transferred to Saint-Louis in 1897 and serves as a grand example of 19th-century engineering. The Place Faidherbe, on the other hand, shows the statue of the French governor responsible for the eastways colonial expansion and initiated various ambitious infrastructural projects. From here, one will find an 1828 cathedral with a neoclassical facade worth admiring and then check out the Grand Mosque, a Maghreb-style building constructed in 1847. A clock tower adds an odd look to this Muslim religious structure, however.

Those who want to appreciate the countryside, however, can turn to Petite Cote and Sine-Saloum Delta. The 150-kilometre Petite Cote presents a charming scenery with its beach areas, while the area where the Sine and Saloum rivers meet with the tidal waters of the Atlantic is simply breathtaking, Mangrove swamps and lagoons circle around forests and sand islands here. The Parc National du Delta du Saloum is also a major attraction here, where one can find hundreds of bird species. There are also boars and patas monkeys in the forest and savannah woodlands of the Foret de Fathala, among others.

Algeria, a country in North Africa that shares a French colonial past with Senegal, is also a place to possibly add to the itinerary. Its capital, Algiers, is within reach at around four hours from Dakar. One will find here Casbah, located in the centre of the city with a steep and narrow maze of streets. Several lovely Ottoman palaces can be found here, especially around the Ketchaoua Mosque at the end of Rue Ahmed Bouzrina. Tourists will also learn about the fierce fighting held here during the Battle of Algiers.

There is also the Dar Hassan Pacha to see, which was once the city's grandest mansion. It is a historic landmark, as it was once owned by Hassan Pacha himself, who was once the Dey of Algiers in the 1790s. The Djemaa el-Kebir is also a sight to behold, where one will find a cedarwood minbar carrying an inscription indicating the direction of Mecca.

Although the connection is not immediately clear, tourists venturing to Vietnam will soon find out that it was once a French colony. Going here on connecting flights might take two days, but it can be worth it due to the number of attractions in Hanoi, the major city in the northern part of the country. Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum can be found here, a monumental marble edifice highly respected by the people of Vietnam. The body of Ho Chi Minh is placed deep in the bowels of the building in a glass sarcophagus. After paying respects to the great Vietnamese leader, tourists can then check out the Ngoc Son Temple, the city's most visited temple. It stands on a delightful little island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake. The Huc Bridge going here is also constructed in classical Vietnamese style and lined with flags.

How to get out

Tourists going out to different parts of the world from Senegal can go out of the country via Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Algerie, Air Burkina, Air Cote d'Ivoire, Air Europa, Air France, Air Mediterranee, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Binter Canarias, Brussels Airlines, Corsair International, Delta Air Lines, Douniah Airlines, Eagle Atlantic Airlines, Equatorial Congo Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Gambia Bird, Iberia, Kenya Airways, Mauritania Airlines International, Royal Air Maroc, Senegal Airlines, South African Airways, TACV Cabo Verde Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, and Vueling.

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