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Selling dried fish in the market in Banjul, the largest in the Gambia. I was impressed by the girl's face, slightly hopeful but already with the belief that no tourist will buy never to his shop infested by the flies.
Albert Market is in Banjul on Liberation Avenue and is the capital's main urban market. It was named after Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. It is essentially an emporium that is pungent, lively and bustling with a large selection of vividly designed fabrics, carved wooden masks and fresh produce which is packed to the brim. All this is laid out within a labyrinth of alleys and hundreds of rickety stalls and purpose built shops. It is open from 8am to 7pm.
The market used to be called the Colonial Engineer’s Yard and later re-named the Liberated African Yard. It stood on what used to be called Wellington St. which was later re-named Liberation Avenue.Really there are 3 distinct markets here.
The wholesale and retail market, that sells everything the local people could possible want, from clothes to hardware.
The produce market, selling fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and dried goods.
The tourist market and craft stalls, catering for the tourist trade, the size of it makes it impressive and there is plenty of choice.
You may get frustrated by the crowds and the jostling before you have seen it all, but you are only moments away from the river or the African heritage centre for a few moments to recover.
If you are visiting Banjul, the market is a must but don't just visit for the market, Serrekunda is just as good if not better.
The river bank is only a few metres away behind Albert Market and this is a different world. Pirogues cut across the river, the large ferry boats come and go and a whole mini community lives on the foreshore in make-shift dwellings.


Venditrice di pesce essiccato nel mercato di Banjul,il piu' grande del Gambia. Sono rimasto colpito dal volto della ragazza,leggermente speranzoso ma gia' con la convinzione che nessun turista acquistera' mai al suo negozietto infestato di mosche.

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