Atar Travel Guide

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Atar Things to Do

  • Calmer streets

    Ok, so if i've once said to visit the busy streets of Atar, I also invite you to discover the ones that have no movement and rushed people rying to make business. You'll walk in residential areas where you'll be able to see some kids playing after they come back from school.

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  • Houses

    I just love the way people put their things together in mud houses. They look so nice. Along with painted windows and doors, this is a very nice thing to notice and photograph of course if you pass in the region of Adrar.

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  • Goats on the strees

    As I'm always saying, goats are everywhere. I mean everywhere. They are free to live on the streets and eat everything they can find. They try to smell you to see if you have anything they can put their mounth on. I once saw this goat smelling a little boy which was eating bread. The goat was getting closer and closer to the kid until she can...

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  • Mosuqes

    Mosques here in Mauritania and actually all in West Africa are quite different from other Arab countries. They are strange in form. If you have you could go for a walk and try to find all the differetn mosques in Atar.

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  • Busy streets of Atar

    This is a must in Atar. Due to its high commercial living, Atar tends to be very full of action. You'll be able to enjoy and notice how locals live, work, make business, talk, relate.

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  • Palm trees field

    This place is located in the end of town heading direction of Choum. When you pass the police checkpoint and see a dirt road heading front, don't go, turn left and keep on going on the asfalt. after a few km you'll find this amazing place wiht lots of palm trees.

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Atar Transportation

  • How to get to Bir Moghrein? (part 2)

    This is all very complicated and we shouldn’t forget about some people that say that Algeria only gives force to Polisario because they want a piece of the Atlantic… Algeria want Atlantic… I don’t want to be turning this text to any political statement, but I’m trying to follow my logic from stuff I hear and see on the road, after visiting...

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  • How to get to Bir Moghrein? (part 1)

    Bir Moghrein is a lost village somewhere in the North of Mauritania. Its was an old military Spanish post and still a fortress can be seen exactly on the virtual border with Mauritania and the unprotected area of the Moroccan Western Sahara.Here I hope I will instruct in all someone needs to know about how to get to Bir Moghrein and possibly make...

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  • Taxi from and to NKT

    You can get a taxi shared one of course to take you to NKT or to bring you from the capital. I once saw some autralians that payed each 1500UM to come from Atar to NKT. i've talked to other people and they told me they payed 2000UM. Maybe depends of the number of people inside the car. The more people inside the pick up truck you'll go, the...

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Atar Shopping

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  • Hidden cheap shops

    You have to go into the right shops to get cheap goods. In Atar usualy things are more expensive than in NKT. But there are shops that have imported good even cheaper then in the capital. strange but true. You just have to enter inside the places you think are more hidden. Usualy groceries stores or supermarkets with lots of addvertising are more...

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  • Car parts

    you have a strees that has lots of car parts. its the mecanical district of Atar. You can get really cheap things like car oil 2 litres for 3 euros... wow yes its true, and some other part like I did to fix my oil problem. car parts cheap cheap

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  • Senegalese shops

    This is on the main square of Atar. You have a shop with things from Senegal. Atar has lots of people from Senegal that come to Mauritania to make business and escape the lack of employment foung in Senegal. When they arrive in Mauritania they realize its even worse and that hings are even more expensive. They cant come back home, they have to...

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Atar Local Customs

  • Children

    Children are a nice experience in west africa. thry to be nice and dont react violent when they aproach you aksing for stuff cos they will also react violent.

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  • Street business

    Streets in Atar are very crowed due to the high business rates. Mauritanians are business men and they try to make business with everthing, which sometimes is not good specialy when you're stuck in sand with your car in the middle of the desert and you ask for help and people say: ok, hom much you pay for me to help you? how much you want? 200...

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  • Clothes

    Clothes in Mauritania are quite different from anyother arab country. Roots here tend to be more Moorish than arab arab. Women dress this unique tissues covering all their body when they are out in the sun, as soon they get to a place they tend to uncover a bit. Colours are also a great thing. Tissues are peinted in every colour possible with nice...

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Atar Warnings and Dangers

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    by johnbradshawlayfield Written Sep 13, 2006

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    The beggars are very hostile. When I came across one of them, that beggar stopped me, showed me the knife and took maoney and my watch. But I managed to get all my things back when I showed my revolver which had 2 bullets in it to him. I carried it which was given to me by my friend in Nouakchott.

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Atar Off The Beaten Path

  • Gueltat Zemmour ->To Layoune

    We got permission and headed to Gueltat Zemmour with army 4x4 on the front of us. Due to much sand also in this part (no road exists, or many parts are really in bad shape that is better to go into the sand), again my friends had to jump off the car and be transported on the army Toyota until Layoune.I hope this will help someone travelling to this...

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  • “Le Mure” -> Way to Gueltat Zemmour

    You get to the wall and you have to deliver your passport to the Moroccan authorities. You stay under Moroccan army custody maybe even for a few days. Don’t go out of the asphalt as it has lots of land mines. You have to wait maybe up to a few days to get the permission to go inside morocco with army convoy just for you until Layoune to get a stamp...

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  • Fortress on the border -> “Le Mure"...

    Fortress on the border with Western Sahara -> “Le Mure”NO Man’s LAND. BE careful be careful be careful. mines, pirates… old asphalt road broken by explosions at least 4 times until the “WALL”. 2 of the times was quite hard to pass. about 36kms.continues on next tip

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