Must see attractions in Mauritania

  • Sights in Nouakchott

    Port de Pêche

    The Port de Pêche is Nouakchott's star attraction. Lively and colourful, you'll see hundreds of teams of mostly Wolof and Fula men dragging in heavy 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 to visit is late afternoon, when the fishing boats return. Before or after, it's no less an impressive sight with the pirogues crammed like sardines on the beach. Do not swim here or nearby – there's a strong undertow and people drown every year. Otherwise, it's pretty safe as long as you're vigilant and sensible with your possessions, although people can be sensitive about photography. Take a taxi (UM1000) from the centre.

  • Sights in The Adrar

    Le Ksar al Kiali

    As you arrive across the sands or plateau from Atâr or Chinguetti, the stone houses of Le Ksar al Kiali seem to tumble down the cliff. The top of the hill is dominated by the minaret of the new mosque, which is a mere 200 years old, while at the western end, at the base of the town, is the 14th-century old mosque. In between, the crumbling structures seem to have been piled up higgledy-piggledy by some giant child playing with building blocks.

  • Sights in Nouakchott

    Grande Mosquée

    Its slender minarets and sandy courtyards, where worshippers perform their ceremonial ablutions, makes the Grande Mosquée a notable landmark in the city centre. While not architecturally significant, at the very least it can help orient oneself in a neighbourhood of low-lying buildings.

  • Sights in Nouakchott

    Musée National

    Moderately worthwhile for anyone with an interest in Moorish culture. On the first level is a prehistoric gallery with archaeological exhibits while the second level is taken up with more recent ethnographic displays from Moorish society. The building is labelled as the Ministry of Culture.

  • Sights in Nouakchott

    Mosquée Marocaine

    The large Mosquée Marocaine is a precious landmark in this bustling area. Located south of Ave Abdel Nasser, towards the Cinquième Quartier.

  • Sights in Nouakchott

    Friday Mosque

    Notable for its blindingly white facade. Visitors aren't permitted inside during prayer times.