We are in Dakar, at the Pointe des Almadies. This is Africa’s westernmost point and about 30 minutes by taxi from the center of Dakar. Here, at the outermost point on the peninsula Cap Vert you can enjoy all of what the Atlantic sea can offer.
You will probable find the best food and the most exotic atmosphere in the small booths right down by the water. Unlike the more fancy restaurants and luxury hotels, the booths look primitive and unhygienic. The food is fabulous if you dare to try. In addition, you’ll sit by the water’s edge and enjoy the sun disappearing in the ocean while the high tide sneaks in and you may get wet on your legs. It does not matter, it’s hot and the sound from the waves seems calming, at least to me.
We decided to try the shells. There were shells for appetizer and shells for the main course. For starters there was a selection of all varieties so we could taste which ones we wanted as a main course. Everything tasted fantastic and the choice was difficult. We ended up eating the small heart shells as a main course. We got an enormous plate in front of us. How can we eat all this? But we did! Despite plastic chairs not particularly good to sit on and an unsteady table painted in orange.
With local beers, kids playing at the waterfront and waves floating around our legs, we enjoyed the sun that disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean. It could not be more romantic!
Pointe des Almadies is located on the peninsula of Cap Vert in Senegal, not to be confused with Cape Verde Islands. You will also find several luxury hotels, the US Embassy and a major convention center here at Cap Vert. The area is popular with surfers and has a great golf course. It is also from this peninsula that you can take a small boat over to Ngor Island.
We spent 3 weeks in Senegal, most of the time in Dakar, December 2014. You can read more posts about Dakar and Senegal, check destinations: Africa.