Served as the capital of the French colony from 1673 to 1902, Saint Louis is located at a distance of 260 kilometers to the north of Dakar. This old colonial city situated on a narrow island within the Senegal River close to its mouth, is situated extremely close to the Senegal-Mauritania border crossing. The flourishing local economy which had declined ever since the transfer of the capital to Dakar is now being compensated by tourism contributing as an important component of Saint Louis infrastructure.
In close proximity to several natural sites and national parks, other interesting man-made touristic attractions include the Governor’s Palace, the Grande Mosquee, the Faidherbe Bridge, the historic Dakar-Bango Airport, Saint Louis Research Center and the Documentation Museum of Senegal. Well known for its urban culture, Saint Louis offers a number of local cultural events and music festivals of repute moving far beyond tourism.