Nouakchott is the capital of Mauritania. It is also the largest city in the country. Further, it is one of the largest cities in the Sahara region. Established in 1958 as the nation’s capital, and originally built for 15,000 people, Nouakchott saw a rapid increase in its population in the 1970s, as people fled areas of drought to congregate at the capital city. Today, the population of the city is more than 2 million. Nouakchott is the hub of the Mauritanian economy and is home to a significantly large port. Most citizens in the city of Nouakchott lead a nomadic lifestyle, as they have done for several millennia. Attractions in the city include the National Museum of Mauritania and several markets.
Here are some of the top places to visit in Nouakchott
- Banc d’Arguin
Things to do in Nouakchott
- Cool off in a desert oasis
- Visit National Museum of Mauritania (Musée Nationale)
- Visit Nouakchott Market – Marché Capitale
- Explore the Coast
- Go birdwatching in the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin
- Make the most of the Atlantic
- Stroll around Nouakchott
- Take in some archaeological Sites
- Visit a fortified medieval town
- Visit a holy city
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