Top things to do in Western Sahara

Top Choice Spanish in Dakhla

Casa Lola

This stylish restaurant celebrates the region's recent Spanish heritage with hot and cold tapas – the shrimp croquettes and the calamari are both very good – while local octopus and grilled whiting are popular menu …
Moroccan in Dakhla

Le Palais Rhoul

Trimmed with Asian design cues, this elegant lounge and bar would be more at home in cosmopolitan Casablanca. Blackboard menus highlight fragrant tajines and an excellent seafood bastilla (savoury-sweet pie), and th…
Seafood in Dakhla

Café Restaurant Samarkand

This waterfront cafe commands stupendous views across the narrow Dakhla Bay. The bougainvillea-kissed pavilions are a great escape from Dakhla's dusty streets, and Samarkand is one of the town's only cafes where the…
Seafood in Dakhla

Casa Luis

Spanish flavours and Atlantic seafood come together at this long-established local favourite. Tuck into tortilla, paella and well-priced grilled catch of the day (which sometimes include lobster). Chicken and grille…
Juice Bar in Dakhla

Hassan Fruits

Across the pedestrian crossing from the Dakhla peninsula monument, this is popular for a slice of cake and a mixed fruit cocktail. Look for the fluorescent plastic chairs out front.
Church in Laayoune

St Francis of Assisi Cathedral

Notable for its mid-century Spanish architectural style, this cathedral was designed by the architect Diego Méndez, famous for having worked on the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen) outside Madrid, where Fr…
Arts & Crafts in Dakhla

Complexe d'Artisanat de Dakhla

This is less a complex and more a few dusty floors under continuous construction overseen by a bored security guard. At time of writing there was one brightly lit jewelry store and one carpet shop, and several dozen…
Moroccan in Dakhla


Located on a busy shopping street, Gladys serves up well-priced tajines to a loyal band of locals. Aside from the food, it's a great place to check out neo-Tuareg dress sense (think blue robes over Adidas trackies).…
Seafood in Dakhla

Café Bahia

What's on the menu here? There is no menu. But there's fish and Coca Cola, and rumour has it you can get a beer disguised in a teacup if you ask nicely.
Pizza in Laayoune

Pizzeria La Madone

A popular place with families, the Madone specialises in thin-crust pizzas with a variety of bizarre topping combinations, like calamari and turkey. Tajine, pasta and panini are available as well.