Who wants to experience Gambian culture, visiting its markets. You are the center of city life in the West African republic. Here is eaten and haggling, news and valuable commodities are exchanged. For visitors here is the West African culture of its most colorful and authentic side.
Two of the most interesting and most authentic markets are the market of Serekunda Tanji and the fish market.
Serekunda is the largest city of Gambia. Your market, it is said, once consisted of a few women who vegetables and dried fish sold on the street. Over the years, more and more dealers are added until the market reached its impressive size. Today the market of Serekunda is one of the busiest and most sought-after markets, arriving to the retailers from across West Africa and even from Arab countries – a potpourri of foods, spices, perfumes, fashion, fabrics, jewelry and traditional Heiltinkturen. Also worth a visit is the Batik factory near the Grand Place, where you can shop to your hearts content material.
Tanji Fish Market
In the fishing village of Tanji live barely 6,700 inhabitants. Thus, the coastal town is much smaller and quieter than the market town of Serekunda with its more than 360,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless Tanji is a tourist destination with its own charism, because here there is an old fish market with interesting smoked fish. The best way to experience the hustle and bustle on the market is, to mingle with the locals. Early in the afternoon put the brightly painted boats on the beach and the fresh catch goes directly into the sale. The backdrop of fishing boats, market huts and Groskopf- Gelbfub seagulls circling above the market stalls, and the scents of fish and salty sea make the visit of Tanji Fish market at a special highlight on your Gambia trip.
Other markets that are worth a visit
Other popular markets include the Royal Albert Market in the capital Banjul, the woodcarver and goat market in Brikama and the pottery market in Basse Santa Su.Besides food, spices, household goods and electrical goods are at Albert Market in a separate part of the market a variety of souvenirs offered for sale.