Banjul is the capital of Gambia. It was first mentioned in the 15th century, a real settlement was built on the bamboo and Baobabinsel but only around 1820, when the British there the small base Bathurst erected to contain the slave trade from the interior of the country. The strategic location at the mouth of the Gambia River in the Atlantic and the sheltered harbor have greatly contributed to the rapid development of small military base Bathurst to thriving metropolis Banjul.
The city today is home to more than 30,000 people and is divided into three administrative areas Soldier Town, Portuguese Town and helped organized.
The best way to explore the capital of the smallest state in Africa by bus or taxi.From Serekunda Banjul you can reach via the Denton Bridge of Serekunda highways. The Denton Bridge crosses the Oyster Creek, a wide water arm of the Gambia River. From here you have a good view of the fishing boats and yachts that are active in Oyster Creek and can also catch a glimpse of the peanut factory Gambia.
In Banjul there is plenty to see and do: the Arch 22 , which was built in memory of the military coup of 22.07.1994 and that emerged from the Second Republic, forms the beginning. Also worth seeing is the Jammeh Mosque , which can hold up to 6,000 worshipers. The city is bordered by colonial buildings that house government departments, museums and similar institutions today.
In such a colonial building that is also Gambian National Museum housed, showing archaeological finds, crafts and cultural objects as well as exhibits on colonial history and the history of the Gambia.
Witnesses of the colonial history of the Gambia are the many churches that can still be found in the urban area. Always worth a visit are the neo-Gothic St. Mary’s Anglican Church , the Wesley Church or the Roman Catholic Church.
Because of the insular nature of Banjul, which prevents the spread of the city that have adjacent locations experienced a strong population growth. So is the neighboring Serekunda quickly become the largest city in Gambia. 2013, the population was more than 350,000.
Today is no longer Banjul, Serekunda but the most important transport hub and the commercial metropolis of Gambia. However, the city has no architectural center on, the cityscape is primarily characterized by one-storey buildings, colorfully dressed Africans, congested streets, honking taxis and the hustle and bustle of the market.