Joal Fadiout, Joal Fadiouth

Discover streets lined with colorful seashells at Joal Fadiout, a rustic village southeast of Dakar. Check out local crafts and village life before touring the local cemetery, the resting place of both Muslims and Christians. Much like the rest of the village, this cemetery is covered in seashells. Arrange your visit to Joal Fadiout and discover more family-friendly attractions in Joal Fadiouth using our Joal Fadiouth itinerary planner.
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  • Small island out of time where it is good to live. You have to take a guide to cross and visit the island (about 5000cfa) it is officially managed by the tourist office. Ask GÉRARD he is super and very nice, he will explain everything with a great passion for his trade.
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  • Joal on the Mainland, fishing town, birthplace of President Leopold Sengor.. We can visit his parents ' House. Don't expect a luxurious box.. A train station, a school, and a population of 95% Muslim.. You cross the bridge, and you arrive on the island of Fadiouth, at 99% Christian, and we see it as soon as we arrive, with dozens, and dozens of pigs, which are raised around the houses... There are everywhere.. . In the beautiful church, the songs, the Psalms are in French. The population is dressed to the South... Yes, yes... We drink booze, and pastis, for those who can afford it. Every step, makes the shells crack beneath your feet.. The Sun, on white shells, blinds you. Many, elderly people suffer from eye problems.. . The graves of the cemetery (for some, the oldest) are under 10 meters of shells... The tombs of the Christians, overlook Fadiouth, for the vast majority, and the graves of Muslims, overlooks Joal, but the graves are identical, and almost side by side the island of Fadiouth, was formed, in the Hill, by the spill of the shells, made by the women who have the burden, to open these tiny little shells and to dry them in the Sun.... I could see a woman sitting on the ledge of her house, with about 1 cubic metre of shells... under a blazing sun. What a job, what courage, what patience.! How long did she put to work??? In addition to the explanations given by our guide, on the good agreement between the two religions, this one makes us remark, that the streets, alleys and small squares, are clean, without discarded paper, on the ground, as in the rest of Senegal (and the islands of Casamance , very clean).. When the tide is descending, children and young people turn into a football field, the part that is under the bridge... When the island's elders are buried, a bottle of alcohol is temporarily deposited on the shell-covered Tomb.... A beautiful place, and a beautiful story, between 2 religions, (we did not talk about animist on this island) and I can finish by saying "what a beautiful Hill this island of Fadiouth" "
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