Top Tourist Attractions In Western Sahara

Morocco and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic share the top tourist attractions in Western Sahara, a region characterized by a rocky landscape, expansive sand dunes, and an Atlantic coastline. Western Sahara is not suitable for swimming but offers spectacular coastal views. The region is most popular for its tropical deserts, exotic culture, and interesting history. Below are some of its most notable tourist spots.

The camel grass landscape on the north dominates the Saharan sand dunes. Locals call it the “hamada”. It sretches for 200 km between Tarfaya and Laayoune. What it lacks in sand, it makes up for in rocks, valleys, cliffs, and plant life. More than 70 percent of the Sahara is a hamada and Western Sahara’s share forms part of it. You may find camels grazing on areas covered with camel grass, a variety that could grow several meters tall.

Place El Mchaouar, in the central business district of El Aaiún

Place El Mchaouar, in the central business district of El Aaiún

Laayoune is touted as the capital of Western Sahara. Pale shades of pink and orange cover the entire city but wall paintings add color to it. Most wall paintings are nothing more than colorful art decorating the city but some can be interesting in terms of history. The Green March near Place Mechouar is a must-see. The street art depicts the mass demonstration of 1975 when Morocco was forcing Spain to let go of their colony. Several other wall paintings depict historical events prior to the Green March. They are among the top tourist attractions in Western Sahara.

The Tarfaya Beach is located north of Tarfaya town. Numerous ships have become stranded here, leaving shipwrecks on their wake. Large or small, all shipwrecks of Tarfaya make interesting sights.

Gathering of Saharawi troops, near Tifariti (Western Sahara), celebrating the 32nd anniversary ot the Polisario Front.

Gathering of Saharawi troops, near Tifariti (Western Sahara), celebrating the 32nd anniversary ot the Polisario Front.

The Spanish fort of Dchira is one of the top attractions in Western Sahara. It was where the historic attack of the Liberation Army of Sahrawi took place in 1958. The army defeated Spanish forces in the area, puting an end to their colonial rule over the nation. Rather than independence, it led to Moroccan imperialism. The remains of the Spanish fort are impressive for their age and you can get beautiful views of a dry canyon down below. Sights to see in the area include the damaged walls, some guardtowers, and old colonial buildings.

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