The Cap-Vert Peninsula shelters Gorée a small island 900 metres in width, which has become a part of the city of Dakar and a minor port site of a European settlement further along the coast.

Devoid of natural drinking water, the Portuguese were the first to establish a presence on Gorée in the year 1450, where they built a small stone chapel and used land as a cemetery.

Although its dark history permeates throughout the visit, the island is just beautiful. Made up of enchanting little streets full of flowers and well preserved historical buildings, expect to see the locals going about their daily business, women doing their laundry outside, kids playing ball, and shopkeepers making sales which give the island a profusion of character.

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