Joal-Fadiouth is a village at the end of the Petite Côte of Senegal, south-east of Dakar. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a bridge, lies on an island of clam shells, which are also used in local architecture and crafts. The village has no motorised transport evidenced by the sign on entering. It has large Christian and Muslim populations with cemeteries on another shell island.
Dakar is the largest city and the capital of Senegal. Dakar was originally a Portuguese settlement in the early century, but in it was captured by the Dutch. was the capital of Mali and was later changed to the capital of Senegal.