Fast Facts  

  • Location: Northwest Africa.
  • Capital: Nouakchott.
  • Currency: Ouguiya (MRO).
  • Language: Arabic, Pulaar, Wolof, French, Soninke.
  • Best time to Visit: November to March.
  • Time Zone: UTC.
  • Calling Code: +222
  • Major Airports: Nouakchott International Airport (NKC), Nouadhibou International Airport (NDB), Atar International Airport (ATR).

Mauritania, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in northwest Africa, named after the ancient Berber kingdom of Mauretania. The natural beauty, historical monuments and various other must see places in Mauritania have made the country one of the most visited tourist attractions. Mauritania is a perfect destination for the travelers who love the beauty of the coast and desert. Thousands of tourists come to visit this beautiful country from all parts of the world, especially from Africa and Europe. Surrounded by Mali on the east and southeast, Algeria on the northeast, Morocco on the northwest, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and Senegal on the southwest, Mauritania is the country where wild coast meets Saharan dunes. Other than the must see places in Mauritania, you can also enjoy various adventure activities that will make your holiday a memorable one.

Mauritania is a fascinating country that will be loved by tourists and travelers who wish to explore the rich culture and feel the charm of nature. With a typical Moorish population, Mauritania has a colorful culture with great diversities. However, other than its cultural heritage and vast historical significance, Mauritania is specifically famous for its natural surroundings with beautiful terrains and enthralling landscapes. If you wish to visit the must-see places in Mauritania, make sure you sort out a plan before landing in this country.

At first, you can visit Nouakchott, the capital city of the country that is located near the sea and was formed in 1960. Though not too old, yet the place is dotted with various monuments. Places like the Plage-du Wharf, the Ksar, various mosques as well as craft centers are some of the must see places in Mauritania. You can even visit the Maison De-la Culture, the African market as well as the camel market to get access to some of your favorite handcrafts and the traditional dresses. The market places and the factories of the city have gained positive responses and have even become some of the best Mauritania tourist spots. The city has even gained prominence for the presence of the Parc National du Banc d’ Arguin, which is a national park in the city. Considered to be one of the best tourist spots in the country, this national park is the largest bird sanctuary in the world.

After an exciting journey throughout the capital city, you can even explore other Mauritania sightseeings that are renowned for their unique landscapes. For instance, the Adrar Region,which is marked for its spectacular vista makes it one of the must see places in Mauritania. The region, which is designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, is a pink and brown plateau that is gilded with dunes. It is intersected with canyons that comprise of palm trees. Other regions like Affole and Assaba Regions and the long coastlines are impossible to ignore. The country with all its heritage and charm will leave you impressed and the rare sight of migratory birds at the national park will bring you back again for a second trip.


The climate of Mauritania is predominantly dry where annual rainfall remains under 100mm. However, the southern part of the country sees more rainfall that can go up to 600mm per year. The nights can be quite cool, especially in the desert regions.  


Air: Nouakchott International Airport (NKC) is the largest airport in Mauritania. You can find flights from several destinations in the world like Paris, Dakar, Abidjan, and Algiers.

Bus: You can reach Mauritania by bus from destinations like Morocco, Mali, and Senegal. Buses are also a popular mode of transportation to travel between places within the country.

List of must see places in Mauritania

  • Nouakchott
  • Plage-du Wharf
  • The Ksar
  • Maison De-la Culture
  • Parc national du banc d’ Arguin
  • Adrar Region
  • Affole and Assaba Regions
  • Coastlines
  • Nouí¢dhibou
  • Oualata

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