Goree Island is a small island located 3 km from the Senegalese capital, Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast.
In 1978 Unesco designated Goree a World Heritage site.
A tour of this ancient island will definitely take your breath away. Many of the buildings in Goree were built in the 18th century. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Visit the Maritime Museum, the Slave House, the William Ponty School, Fort d'Estrées which contains the Historical museum of Senegal and the Government Palace which was occupied by the first Governor General of Senegal from the year 1902 to 1907. Other attractions include the beach on Goree Island, the Gorée Castle and the seventeenth-century Gorée Police Station which was formerly a dispensary and was also believed to be the site of the first chapel built in the 15th century by the Portuguese.