Popular Destinations in Mauritania
Nouakchott, the capital and largest city of Mauritania, is one of the
largest cities in the Sahara. Chosen as a capital of nascent nation of
Mauritania in 1958, the city today serves as the administrative and
economic center of the country. Nouakchott is the hub of the nation’s
economy and is home to Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport, one of
the country's two international airports. The city also features a
deepwater port. Some of the major tourist attractions in Nouakchott include
Plage de Nouakchott, Port de Peche, Galerie Zeinart, and Saudi Mosque.
Chinguetti is a Berber medieval trading center located in the northern part
of the country. Founded in the 13th century as the center of various
trans-Saharan trade routes, Chinguetti boasts Berber Saharan architecture
featuring houses made of mud-brick techniques and reddish dry-stone, with
roofs timbered from palms. Distinguished buildings in the town incorporate
the Friday Mosque of Chinguetti, and the former French Foreign Legion
The second largest city in Mauritania, Nouadhibou serves as a major
commercial center. The city is situated on a 65-kilometre peninsula named
Ras Nouadhibou or Cabo Blanco. Nouadhibou is thus located just a couple of
kilometers from the boundary between Mauritania and Morocco de facto.
Beautiful beaches and a number of ancient ruins form the majority of the
tourist attractions in the city.