"Atar" Atar by johnsakura

Atar Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 250 photos

Adrar Region. For me one of the most beautiful regions in whole Mauritania. Atar is a big city, Mauritanian standards of course, which consists on a very imporatant point in the commerce of the region. Atar serves the city of Chinguetti which lies 80km away inside the desert.

I made Atar 3 times already. Once comming from NKT for my first time where I had to leave some baggage at a friends house to make possible to go with my car to Chinguetti (after all i didnt have to cos the road now is pretty good), another one on my way from Chinguetti and another time almost 2 weeks after comming again from NKT going North to the Moroccan border after Bir Moghrein 900km distance.

The Town

well, the town is like a ghost town but with people. can you imagine that? Adrar region is a very hot area so the sun is always present. As every single town in Mauritania, the streets are full of sand. Mauritania is the country of sand, once called by french "Le Gran Vide" the big void. On the picture you have the city centre. This is the main crossroad. From here either you can go to Chinguetti going right, going right to the Hotel Bab Sahara and forward to NKT.


People are for me, one of the nicest things to explore in other countries.
Kids in Mauritania always ry to get something out of you. They can actually turn violente if you dont give a thing. Try to interact with locals and drink Mauritanian tea which is served 3 times. They make this special tea with foam on top, almost like a cappucino with green tea.

This is A VERY NICE website for visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco. You have from fancy hotels, to cheap cool hostels in the dunes, 4x4 expeditions, quad etc. Enjoy this site!

hotel maroc
riad marrakech
in english:
hotel morocco

  • Last visit to Atar: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 21, 2006
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  • sachara's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2004 at 2:09 PM

    Wonderful page with great travelogues and pictures !! Thanks for showing these images of Atar and Bab Sahara.


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