Those with a thirst for adventure, as well as a healthy appetite for lazing on soft white sands, should book holidays in Gambia for their great escape. This tiny African holiday hotspot may be small at 500km long and 50km wide, but it packs a big punch as an exotic holiday destination.
Cutting into Senegal, Gambia offers an authentic taste of Africa where the Atlantic Ocean meets a soft sandy coastline. While still being within easy reach of Europe, holidays to Gambia will feel like you’re experiencing a whole new world.
As far as beach resorts go, package holidays to Gambia offer a wide selection to choose from. This is a country that really knows how to make the most of what it’s got, and it has soft, golden and pale sand beaches in glorious abundance.
Kololi Beach is one of the liveliest and longest-established holiday resorts, combining beach life with a vibrant nightlife scene. After dark, the strip comes alive with revellers dancing to reggae music. Avid explorers can venture further inland to the Bijilo Forest Park, where monkeys and exotic birds hide among the darkest green foliage.
The nearby resort of Kotu Beach is slightly quieter, but still lively enough for those who’d like to enjoy both relaxation and excitement on their Gambia package holidays. Be sure to spend some time browsing the local craft markets, which are a riot of colour and life, and great places to pick up some authentic, handcrafted souvenirs.
Away from the bustle of the markets and beaches, the Kotu wetlands and palm groves make for a refreshing excursion. Abuko Nature Reserve Park and Pirang Forest Park let you experience the country’s lush natural landscape – a real contrast to the sun-soaked beaches on the coast.
Quieter still, the resort of Cape Point is the perfect beach getaway. The wide sweep of golden sand is the big draw here, and you’ll find a clutch of restaurants serving up traditional Gambian fare. Try the Gambian specialities of benachin (spiced meat and rice), chicken yassa (garlic and lime chicken) and mafe (meat stew in a ground peanut sauce) and experience the sweet and spicy mix of flavours that sums up Gambia so well.
The fact that Gambia is such a tiny country means that it’s easier to explore, and no Gambia package holidays would be complete without a visit to the capital city of Banjul. Boasting a bustling market scene and harbour, it may not be the most picture perfect place to sightsee, but it’s sure to leave you with a sense of what the real Gambia is like, away from the touristy coastal resorts.
If you’re looking for world-class African beaches, with a healthy dose of adventure and exploration thrown into the mix, have a look at the great-value Gambia holidays available to book now at Thomas Cook.
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