Rarely capitals can be said to be a highlight from visiting a country, but for Nouakchott it could. The city is Africa’s youngest capital with its fifty years, but that does not mean that it is modern with tall buildings etc. The city center itself was pretty much like Nouadibou with just a market, a mosque and streets with shops, and then a few kilometers outside were the best part about the city; West Africa’s best fish market and a quality beach. Being at the fish market with over a thousand boats that had just come in with the catch of the day was just an incredible experience. Kids had put a tractor wheel on the sand and used it as a trampoline, and when I joined in with a couple of flips they were really thrilled. Some of the fishermen also came up to us and wanted to know more about us and tell us about life here in Mauritania. On a couple of evenings we were also invited home to some locals. People here are very friendly!
The beach was just five kilometers from the city and was way more relaxing than the beaches where you would find other tourists. No one were trying to sell us things or bother us. Mauritania is absolutely a place that deserves far more tourists.