Banjul market is commonly referred to as Albert Market. This market is the biggest urban market that is held within Banjul. This market was named after Queen Victoria’s husband who was Prince Albert Gotha and Saxe Coburg. This market tends to be very busy and it is also very lively. There is a vast amount of items on sale within this market and these include wooden masks that are carved, designed fabrics that are vivid and there is also a wide range of fresh produce that is available. This market is laid out within the alleys and there are hundreds of stalls and shops that have been purposely built. The market is open from eight in the morning to seven at night. A lot of tourists that visit the market enjoy the regular flights to Banjul.
This market was once known as Colonial Engineers Yard however it was later renamed as Liberated African Yard. At this time the market was held on what was then known as Wellington Street however it later went on to be renamed Liberation Avenue.
This market is actually made up of three markets that are all very distinctive. The first of these markets is the retail and wholesale market and this market sells everything that the local people could possible want ranging from hardware to clothing. The second market is the produce market and this one sells vegetables, fruit, meat, dried goods and also fish. The third market is the craft stalls and tourists market and this one is designed to cater for the tourist industry within the city. The size of this market makes it very impressive and there is always plenty of choice available.
There tends to be big massive crowds therefore it is not uncommon for people to get frustrated. This market is located only a short distance from the river and the heritage centre of Africa therefore it is possible to get away from the crowds. When you are visiting Banjul it is recommended that you visit the market however there is a vast amount of other attractions that you can also visit within Banjul.