Banjul is the capital of The Gambia, a small country in West Africa, bordering Senegal. The city is situated on an island on the southern side of the mouth of the Gambia River, beside the Atlantic Ocean. The city was founded in 1816 (Banjul was called Bathurst until 1973) and has a very interesting heritage. The National Museum is entirely dedicated to Gambian history and culture. Albert Market is a colourful scene where all the senses are stimulated and where you can shop for food, clothing, traditionally made products and all kinds of imported goods. The entrance to the city is marked by the immense arched entrance gate, Arch 22.
The city has around 34,000 inhabitants. As the capital city, Banjul has an important administrative and commercial function. The city also has a port that has an important sub-regional function.
Banjul is located in the west of The Gambia, beside the Atlantic Ocean. It is located on an island on the southern side of the mouth of the Gambia River. The city is connected to the mainland two kilometres westwards by the Denton Bridge. This bridge spans Oyster Creek, the main creek through the Tanbi Wetland Complex mangrove area (56 km²). These wetlands mean that, apart from the road crossing the bridge, there are no other access roads to Banjul. Banjul is also accessible from the north via the mighty Gambia River. There is a regular ferry connection between Banjul and Barra on the northern bank of the river.
The capital city Banjul is not usually the first destination of tourists heading to The Gambia. Nonetheless, Banjul has much to offer. Most tourists stay in resort hotels on the Atlantic coast. Banjul has a few simple hotels and one four-star hotel located on the beach. Banjul's airport is situated in Yundum, 25 km from the city.