Western Sahara Quick Travel Guide
With a travel rating of 24%, Western Sahara is a country stuck in the limbo of not being officially recognized at the moment, but is one for PlanetHoppers! to watch. Dominated by the Sahara Desert, outside of the capital of El Aaiún, it contains a number of places to visit for the intrepid PlanetHoppers! It's a good idea to first simply lose yourself in El Aaiún as you wander through the maze of shops, bazaars and plazas, which contain an interesting mix of Spanish and Moroccan influences – two nations who have made claims on this self-governing territory. Politics aside, the beaches – although not world class – are certainly a pleasant diversion. Then hire a guide to explore the great Sahara in a 4x4 to meet local Bedouin tribes and perhaps share a meal. If possible, venture down the coast to Tarfaya to see the fortress of Casa Mar built by the British in the 1880s. In short, although Western Sahara may not be the penultimate travel destination, there are some genuinely interesting things to do and places to see here.
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PlanetHop! Travel Rating
Although El Aaiún in Western Sahara may not draw a lot of tourists yet, it can be just as fascinating to explore as neighboring Morocco. Founded by the Spanish and administered by Morocco since 1976, the city has an interesting....
|Coordinates:||24 30 N, 13 00 W|
|Main Languages:||Arabic, Berber, French, Spanish|
|Currency:||Moroccan Dirham (MAD)|
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- Location: Western Sahara