The West African Islamic nation of Mauritania is known for its unique culture, Atlantic Ocean coastline and vast desert – almost 75% of Mauritania’s land area is covered by it.
Capital Nouakchott, close to the Atlantic coast, is the beating heart of the country and makes a great base for exploring Mauritania’s attractions like the Adrar Plateau or Banc d’Arguin. The city is home to a few mosques, of which Mosque Marocaine and Grande Mosque are the showstoppers. Nouakchott is home to a lively fishing market (Port de Peche) and the national museum – where you can learn more about the country’s Moorish history.
Located in Mauritania’s central region, Adrar Plateau offers the most breathtaking scenery in the country. With stunning cliffs and desert landscape, this is a must-visit destination of any trip to Mauritania. Beyond Adrar Plateau, the town of Chinguetti is known for its historic buildings and libraries that house ancient Islamic manuscripts. At the end of the road that goes to Chinguetti, lies the ruined Saharan ghost town of Ouadane – which was once a place for scolarship. In the north-western coast of the country lies Mauritania’s second-largest city – Nouadhibou. People visit the city to access Reserve Satellite du Cap Blanc – an excellent reserve for endangered Mediterranean monk seals and to explore the shipwreck dotted peninsula – one of the largest ship graveyards in the world.
Mauritania is visited by a limited number of travellers and is one of the best places to explore in West Africa and gather new experiences.
Do you know that almost 75% of Mauritania’s land area is covered by desert?