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Positioned on the Atlantic coast of West Africa, Nouakchott is the capital and largest city of Mauritania. Nicknamed "place of the winds" for a reason, it sits right at the edge of the Sahara Desert, where towering sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean. The city itself is a blend of modern buildings and traditional Mauritanian architecture. If you're looking for outdoor activities, Nouakchott offers opportunities for desert camping, camel rides, and even sandboarding. The city also has a bustling fishing port and several beaches. The best time to visit Nouakchott is during the cooler months, from November to March, when temperatures are mild. However, keep in mind that even during these months, the desert heat can still be intense, so be sure to pack accordingly.

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Airports near Nouakchott

You have choices when it comes to reaching Nouakchott. Here is a selection of 4 airports you can fly to when travelling to Nouakchott.

Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport

This is the main international airport in Nouakchott, located approximately 15 kilometres northeast of the city centre. It serves as the primary gateway for international travellers visiting Mauritania.


Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport

If you are unable to find a direct flight to Nouakchott, you can consider flying to Dakar, Senegal, and then taking a connecting flight or driving to Nouakchott. Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport is the closest major airport to Nouakchott, located about 400 kilometres south of the city.


Las Palmas Gran Canaria Airport

Another option for travellers is to fly to Las Palmas Gran Canaria Airport in the Canary Islands, Spain, and then take a connecting flight to Nouakchott. The airport is approximately 1,500 kilometres northwest of Nouakchott.


Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

If you are coming from Europe or other parts of Africa, you can consider flying to Casablanca, Morocco, and then taking a connecting flight to Nouakchott. Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Africa and offers various flight options to Nouakchott. It is located around 2,000 kilometres northeast of Nouakchott.

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Things to do in Nouakchott

Discovering the many attractions of Nouakchott can be quite a task, so we've narrowed down our top 3:

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The National Museum of Mauritania

Learn about Mauritania's history and culture at the Nouakchott National Museum. The museum's collection includes archaeological artifacts, traditional Mauritanian clothing and jewelry, and exhibits on the country's natural history. This is a good place to get a well-rounded picture of Mauritania before exploring other parts of the country.

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The Port de Pêche

Experience the energy of Nouakchott's bustling fishing industry at Port de Pêche. Arrive in the late afternoon to witness the return of fishing boats, a vibrant and sometimes chaotic scene. Watch as they unload their catches of fresh fish, octopus, and other seafood. Be prepared for strong smells and a lively atmosphere. This is a great place to see a non-touristy side of Nouakchott.

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The Grand Mosque

Known as one of the largest mosques in Africa, the Grand Mosque in Nouakchott is an architectural marvel. Its towering minaret and expansive courtyard are a testament to Islamic art and architecture. Visitors are drawn to its serene atmosphere and the opportunity to learn more about Mauritania's predominant religion, Islam.

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