Market sights in Mauritania
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The Port de Pêche is an absolute must-see, and is by far Nouakchott's star attraction. It's incredibly lively and extremely colourful. You'll see hundreds of teams of men, mostly Wolof and Fula, dragging in heavy hand-knotted fishing nets. Small boys hurry back and forth with trays of fish, which they sort, gut, fillet and lay out on large trestles to dry. The best time is in the late afternoon, when the fishing boats return. It's a fantastic experience and not to be missed.
It's pretty safe as long as you're vigilant and sensible (wear a money belt). Take a taxi to get there from the centre.