Les Mamelles – Dakar's Breasts

Mamelles means 'breasts', and you don't need a great amount of imagination to guess why the pair of sloping mounds that form Dakar's only two hills have been given that name. The pretty white 1864 Mamelles Lighthouse graces the top of the first hill – a leisurely 20-minute walk up is rewarded with a sweeping view across the town and water.

The second hill is topped by the massive, North Korean–built African Renaissance Monument. This massive (49-meter-high) work depicts a muscle-covered man, a scantily clad woman and a small child being held aloft – none of whom have particularly African features. Few people bother to pay the steep admission fee to access the viewpoint at the top of the statue, but there's no cost to walk around the base.