Flights to Lagouira
The small city of Lagouira is at the southern tip of the Western Sahara, located on the western side of a peninsula that is split down the middle with Mauritania.
Though the nation of Western Sahara is not internationally recognized and is technically considered disputed territory that belongs to Morocco, there is no conflict or social tension in the area. It is safe for tourism and facilities are decent. Lagouira isn’t very large, and most attractions are in the nearby area rather than right in the city itself.
The Nouadhibou International Airport (airport code: NDB) is only a few kilometres from the city, making this a good choice for flights to Lagouira. However, the airport is on the other side of the Mauritania border. You can get a flight there with Mauritania Airlines International if you make your way from South Africa to Nouakchott first. Flights to the Nouakchott International Airport (code: NKC) can be booked with South African Airways for stops in Dubai and Casablanca, or with Kenya Airlines to connect in Nairobi and Dakar. British Airways has a route through London and Casablanca as well.
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The Tourist Attractions of Lagouira:
Banc d’Arguin National Park
You’ll have to either charter a boat to the mainland or take the land route through Mauritania to get to this coastal park, but it is so close to Lagouira that it deserves a mention. The park is best known for the diverse population of water birds that live along the shore, so this is the place to go if you enjoy bird-spotting. Local fishermen are usually at work, and watching them cast their nets from small wooden boats is another way to pass the time. As for scenery, most of the park is sandy beaches, with long stretches of grassy wetlands father inland. There isn’t much other wildlife besides the birds.
If you want to spend some time in a larger city, Nouadhibou is only a short drive away from Lagouira (again, you will have to cross the border into Mauritania). There are more options for shopping and dining, and the Port Artisanal is worth taking a stroll through to see the fishing boats. You’ll get some interesting photos off the coast where the world’s largest ship graveyard is found. Hundreds of abandoned ships can be seen from shore.
You can stay on this side of the peninsula and find some lovely sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Walking along the coast is another way to see the area, and it is a short distance to the shore if you head south from Lagouira.
When Should You Visit?:
Though it can be generally hot in Lagouira, there are some points of the year when it is more comfortable for travel. That would be in December and January when it will reach approximately 24C (75F) in the daytime. These months are also much cooler after the sun goes down, enough so that you should have a light jacket with you if you plan on going out in the evenings. On the other hand, it gets to 28C (82F) in September. Rains will pick up a bit in October but it is never really “wet” in Lagouira.