Vitoria Gasteiz’s Guide

Don’t know Vitoria-Gasteiz yet? If you are thinking of traveling to Vitoria, we bring you all the information you need to make your trip memorable, as well as sustainable: what to see, how to get there, or what is the best way to get around and other important information to travel to Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Why travel to Vitoria Gasteiz?

Vitoria-Gasteiz is the only Spanish city awarded the “European Green Capital” award, which was awarded in 2012. Surrounded by natural parks linked by the “green ring”, its medieval center is full of history and has an extensive network of bidegorris (bike lanes).

But as not only of sport lives the human being, Vitoria is also a gastronomic paradise, a magnet for lovers of contemporary art and a historical jewel that is worth discovering.

Filming of numerous films and scene of literary crimes, culture, art, sport and gastronomy come together in this indispensable city that we invite you to tour.

Sustainable tourism begins before the trip

When planning your trip to Vitoria-Gasteiz, choose suppliers who offer sustainable accommodations and activities, support the local economy, and respect the environment.

Read as much as you can about the history of Vitoria-Gasteiz and other information about the region and the gasteizras; in this way you will know the traditions and the local culture and understand the importance of taking care of the environment and respecting the way of life of your destination.

Overview

Located in the north of Spain, Vitoria-Gasteiz, the inner city of the Basque Country is also its capital and the seat of the Basque Parliament. In Vitoria-Gasteiz you will enjoy the cultural heritage and green spaces in equal parts. The city has a lot of attractions that are worth enjoying.

Senegal is a country full of history and exotic natural landscapes. Although it is an increasingly popular destination among travellers, you may have many doubts before you travel: what currency is used in Senegal, what language is spoken or what documentation is needed to travel to Senegal, are questions that often arise before a destination is taken. Let’s try to solve them to make your trip easier.

Is it safe?

Senegal is one of the most stable countries in West Africa, which is why it is an excellent destination for a first contact with the unknown African continent. Despite being a quiet and safe country, it never takes the trick to apply common sense… as in any corner of the planet, on the other hand!! Some recommendations, regarding security:

  • Find up-to-date information before you start your trip: political, health, climate situation…
  • Keep an eye on your personal items, such as your phone, backpack or purse.
  • Try not to display valuables, such as cameras or technology, especially in less-traveled or darker areas.

On the Ministry of Foreign Affairs page, you can see some other safety warnings in Senegal.

Surely you have many doubts about the currency used in Senegal, the language that is spoken or the necessary documentation to visit Senegal.

Documentation

If your passport is from any of the countries of the European Union, since 2015 you do not need a visa to enter Senegal. With your passport valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry and a return ticket, it is sufficient. When you land at the airport, all you have to do is fill in an arrival card with your personal details and the address in Senegal where you are staying (remember to take it by hand).

Health

Senegal’s sanitary conditions vary depending on the location, but are generally quite inadequate. Both public and private hospitals require prepayment in cash to receive any treatment (also emergencies).

Remember that outside the European Union, your Spanish health card is useless, so any medical contingency in Senegal could be complicated by not receiving the necessary care.

Check your insurance

Home or car insurance often offers medical coverage abroad. That’s why it’s not too much to have to check the terms of your insurance. Maybe you’ll get a pleasant surprise! Also check the clauses of your credit cards. Sometimes they include travel insurance.

If you do not have any health insurance that covers your stay in Senegal, we recommend that you take out international health insurance for your trip.

Do I need to get vaccinated to travel to Senegal?

If you travel to Senegal from Spain, no vaccine is mandatory, although if yellow fever vaccine is recommended as a preventive measure. If you enter Senegal from a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission, it is mandatory to be vaccinated against yellow fever for those over 9 years of age.
In addition, we suggest you bring preventive medication for malaria or malaria.
Our recommendation is that you make an appointment at an International Vaccination Center,where they will solve all your doubts and provide you with the necessary vaccinations and/or prescriptions.

Are there mosquitoes in Senegal?

In Senegal there are mosquitoes transmitting some diseases such as malaria. Mosquitoes are much more abundant in the rainy season (July to October) and in humid places. The good news is that during the day, most mosquitoes are hidden.
If you follow some basic recommendations, mosquitoes won’t be a problem. At sunset, you’d better wear long light-, neutral-colored clothing. Don’t forget your socks! In addition, repel mosquito repellent from tropical climates.
Nights are the most delicate moment. Most units have mosquito nets, essential for sleeping with total tranquility.
Make sure they completely cover the bed and that they are long enough.
You can strengthen the safety of mosquito nets (although not necessary) by spraying them with a product containing permethrin.

Other health recommendations

Drink only bottled or pre-boiled water. It’s also a good idea to avoid ice, and if you eat raw vegetables, make sure they’re well washed.

Don’t forget sunscreen, a high factor cream, hat and glasses.

Language

The official language of Senegal is French. However, the most spoken is Wolof, a native language of the Wolof ethnic group. In addition, other languages are spoken: Serer, Peul, Mandinga, Soninké, or Diola, among others.

The use of French is widespread and due to the increase in tourism coming from Spain, it is not uncommon that you find who speaks some Spanish. Senegalese are very open and sociable people, so it’s going to be easy for you to communicate. In any case, it’s a very good idea to learn some basic expressions in wolof. You’ll be fine with your hosts!

Here are some:

  • Hello, how are you? salaamaalekum!
  • How are you? naanga def?
  • What’s your name? naanga tudu?
  • My name is….: maa ngi tudd…
  • Yes: wao
  • No: dé det
  • Thank you: j.r.j.f
  • You’re welcome: ñoko bok
  • Please: amul solo
  • I’m sorry, sorry: baal ma
  • I’m hungry: lady jiff
  • I’m thirsty: lady marr
  • How much is this worth?: Lii lumu iyar
  • Where?: fan the
  • See you later: legui, legui
  • Me voy: mangui dem

Currency

Senegal’s official currency is the CFA franc, a common currency for the 8 member countries of the West AfricanEconomic and Monetary Union: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

You will find banknotes of 10 000, 5 000, 2 000, 1 000 and 500 CFA and coins of 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 CFA.

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Banks and ATMs in Senegal

You will find banks in the main cities of Senegal. Banks range from 8:00 to 16:00 (some close at noon) from Monday to Friday. ATMs are scarce in Senegal.

Can I pay by card in Senegal?

You can use your credit cards in the main hotels in Dakar, at some ATMs in major cities, in certain restaurants frequented by expats and in large supermarkets; in the rest of Senegal, the use of credit cards is very low, except in some hotel establishments.

Changing money in Senegal

The change between the CFA franc and the euro is fixed (1 euro-655,957 CFA francs and 1,000 CFA-1.5 euros). You can exchange currency in major banks. You will find an office change at the airport, where the bags are picked up.

When you change, you usually get 10,000 CFA bills. Try to ask to be give you smaller currency, or change as soon as possible, because in transports, taxis and small shops do not usually have change.

Prices

Senegal is considered one of the most expensive countries in Africa. Accommodations and activities is where you’ll spend most of your budget.

Some price guidance examples in Senegal:

  • Double room in a budget accommodation (hostels/apartments) in Dakar: from 25o
  • Double room in a hotel with good reviews in Dakar: from 75o
  • Food for two people in a local restaurant (economic): 10o
  • Food for two people in an average restaurant: 30o
  • Visit for two people for three days to bassari Country: 500
  • Boat trips (one to two hours): 40-50o

Haggling in Senegal

In Senegal, haggling is part of the culture. With the exception of shops and restaurants, where prices are normally fixed, you’re going to have to haggle, whether it’s the price of a taxi, the vegetables at the market, or a piece of craftsmanship. Haggling in Senegal is present daily, both for locals and tourists. It can be a bit heavy, so take it as a moment of exchange, set yourself a price to pay and enjoy!.

Offer between a third and half of the first price they offer you, don’t teach all the money and don’t show too much interest.

Time

Senegal has a tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of between 26 and 30oC.

In Senegal there are two seasons: the dry season runs from November to May and the rainy season from June to October. In the dry season, temperatures are milder, around 25oC. In the rainy season, temperatures can exceed 40o, depending on the areas and sudden and spectacular storms occur.

What is the best time to visit Senegal?

If you travel to Senegal in the dry season, you will enjoy a less hot climate and you will have no difficulty to tour any region of the country.

In the rainy season, the humidity is very high and very hot; some of Senegal’s national parks are inaccessible, but the landscape becomes lush.

So, it depends on your preferences, although the season that is considered “tourist” in Senegal is the dry season; if you want to avoid the rains, the safest time is from mid-November to April.

Holidays

As in other Muslim-majority countries, in Senegal it is impossible to know the date of much of its holidays,since the dates are governed by the lunar calendar.

  • Christian New Year: January 1.
  • Muslim New Year (It is the Am Hejir Eid-ul-Adha): may vary from date.
  • Ashura (Muharrum/Dr. Babu Jagjivan Ram): Muslim festival that can change dates.
  • Great Magal of Touba: Festive only in Touba; holiday for the Mouride community that can be changed.
  • Birthday of the Prophet (Muhammad): Eid-Milad Nnabi; Muslim party that can change dates.
  • Independence Day: Anniversaire de l’indépendance; National holiday: April 4
  • Easter Monday: Catholic and Protestant celebration that may vary from date.
  • International Labour Day: 1 May; national holiday.
  • Ramadan: Ninth month of the Muslim calendar. For 30 days the fast is kept until sunset.
  • Korité: end of Ramadan; Muslim party that can change dates.
  • Lamb Festival: The Eid-ul-Adha/Tabaski; Muslim celebration that can be changed.
  • Christmas: Catholic and Protestant festival: December 25th.

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