Nouakchott in detail


Major landmarks in the centre include the Grande Mosquée, also called the Mosquée Saoudienne, with its slender minarets, and the large Mosquée Marocaine, which towers over a bustling market area. To the west of the centre along the beach front is the Port de Péche, with colourful fishing pirogues by the hundreds.


There are two decent beaches around 5km north of the centre, Plage Pichot and Plage Sultan. Both offered covered alfresco dining areas and tents with pillows and mattresses for overnighting; Les Sultanes is recommended. These are popular with the small expat community on weekends; otherwise, you might have the place to yourself. Beware of undertows.