On the road to Cayar, you don’t want to miss Retba, a warm, salty and shallow pink lake. Turning from pink to purple according to the time of the day, it is a magical stretch of water on which everything floats – including people – surrounded by sand dunes and baobab forest.


During the week, men and women are busy crushing the bottom of the lake, which consists of a thick crust of salt that they gather to sell. If you choose to visit Retba on a Sunday, make a stop first at the monastery of the Benedictine Fathers at Keur Moussa where mass is celebrated, with Wolof hymns and Senegalese musical instruments, in a chapel decorated with African frescoes.