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Nouakchott

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Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara. Once a small village of negligible importance, the city expanded rapidly after 1958, when the fledgling nation selected it as capital. With a baffling mix of urban and nomad lifestyles, a tour of Nouakchott reveals idiosyncratic connections of Saharan traditions, where tents and street markets juxtapose mosques and government buildings. Meanwhile, massive sand dunes encroach at the borders, adding to the intriguing sense of flux. Make Nouakchott central to your Mauritania travel plans using our Mauritania trip tool.
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The nomadic nature of Nouakchott shows understanding of the ways of travelers and provides numerous lodging and accommodation options. The high-end hotels offer a luxurious and relaxing experience near the palace in the city center. Meanwhile, mid-range and budget-friendly hotels and hostels cater to most tourists--look around Tevragh Zeina, but also across the rest of the city. Mauritanians enjoy a reputation as good hosts, and safety and service take precedence in the hospitality sector.
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