A delightful detour to the Îles de la Madeleine

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A delightful detour to the Îles de la Madeleine

A wild treasure dressed in moss and covered with petrol-blue waters, the Îles de la Madeleine float off the coast of Dakar and welcome onlookers onto its rocky shores.

This is the story of a piece of volcanic land, a few kilometres off of the Senegalese coast, that the winds and seas have made into a hostile place. Made up of two small islands, the archipelago is home to many bird species: peregrine falcons, crested larks, black kites, red-billed tropicbirds, great cormorants, parasitic jaegers, lesser crested terns, Cory's shearwaters and ospreys have all settled on the two islands, Île au Sarpan and the neighbouring Île Lougne.

When the rains come, the eroded rocks of the Îles de la Madeleine are covered in dwarf baobabs and tamarinds. In the dry season, the flowers of the island give way to ochre and brick. Suitable for hiking, meditation and swimming, the park of the same name invites lovers of a quiet nature to explore the riches of a land as tormented as it is beautiful. Here, perched on their respective logs, raptors watch over this paradisiacal panorama.

Parc national des îles de la Madeleine
Îles de la Madeleine
Dakar

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