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fillet can be found at the Tunisian butcher across the street from ''28th Novembre''. Eat As Nouadhibou is gifted with a big commercial fishing and traditional fishing port, there is a lot of fresh seafood and fish available. Many immigrants from Senegal run their restaurants here, serving fish with rice and other delicious meals. Average price is 200-500 ougiyas. If you like Chinese food, there are several restaurants on the lower road, which cater to foreigners. For football, the '''FC Nouadhibou''' restaurant serves hamburgers, French fries and other hot sandwiches in front of several large TV screens. It's between the second and third robinets on the middle road. * Wikipedia:Nouadhibou Commons:Category:Nouadhibou


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of the United Nations MINURSO mission. The main ("external") line of fortifications extends for about 2,500 km. It runs east from Guerguerat on the coast in the extreme south of Western Sahara near the Mauritanian town of Nouadhibou, closely parallelling the Mauritanian border for about 200 km, before turning northwards beyond Techla. It then runs generally northeastward, leaving Guelta Zemmur, Smara, and Hamza (town) Hamza


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of the United Nations MINURSO mission. The main ("external") line of fortifications extends for about 2,500 km. It runs east from Guerguerat on the coast in the extreme south of Western Sahara near the Mauritanian town of Nouadhibou, closely parallelling the Mauritanian border for about 200 km, before turning northwards beyond Techla. It then runs generally northeastward, leaving Guelta Zemmur, Smara, and Hamza (town) Hamza


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'''Nouadhibou''' is the second largest city in Mauritania. It's a major fishing centre and large industrial port. Understand A key economic centre, it's home to roughly 90,000 people. Before independence, the town was called by the French colonists, Port Etienne after the first boat which arrived here, the ''Tienne''. Since independence in 1960, it has been called Nouadhibou, which means ''Place of the Jackal''. Many jackals used to come and drink water in a well. The town's three main parts are: *'''Cansado''': Means ''tired'' in Spanish. This area is about 10 km from Keran. It was built by the French in 1960, for the workers of the SNIM mining company. It has a nice hotel, tennis courts and ''petanque'' grounds. *'''Keran''': The town centre was built in 1958. The central police, customs, banks, office supply and central market are here. *'''Numerowatt''': Starts with the area of Socogim and is divided into 6 water taps (French: ''robinets''). It was built in 1982-83. The water comes from an underground lake in '''Boulenoir''', about 90 km from here. The pipes were laid in 1960. The town has developed quite recently and is growing rapidly. Most of the town lives here. In 1990, the tarmac from Keran to Numerwatt was built - a distance of about 13 km. In 2000, The town centre roads were paved and Internet and mobile phones arrived. In 2005, the highway between Nouadhibou and Nouakchott was completed. There is now a clean '''half-way stop''' at the 235 km mark built by a Moroccan business where you can get a fresh cup of coffee and tasty sandwiches as well as a ''tajine'', a kind of meat stew. They also have separate toilets for men and women as well as a simple tyre changing shop. Nearby is the entrance to the '''Banc d'Arguin national park'''. Nouadhibou without SNIM or fishing would not be the same. SNIM, ''the Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière'', is the biggest company in Mauritania. The iron began being mined in the 1960s when they began building the railway which carries one of the longest trains in the world (2 km). Passengers can pay to sit inside a rail car or ride for free on top, which is quite the ride. The other economic engine is the fishing industry. There are 3 ports: a commercial port (''Port Autonome''), a local fishing port (''Port Artisanal'') and the private SNIM port at Cansado for iron export. If you like salty air, sea food and fish, checking out the ''Port Artisanal'' can be a treat. Several banks in town have ATMs that accept foreign cards. There's a decent '''Forex''' or bureau de change at the entrance to Keran, the town centre, at the Carrefour crossroads. Ask for a receipt to avoid any problems crossing the borders next time you cross. They will photocopy your passport along with the receipt. Officially, you should leave your local ougiyas currency in Mauritania and not take them out with you. Smaller amounts usually aren't a problem. Should you need help with your '''vehicle''', look for ''El-Veteh Siddaty et Freres'', a well known car parts store in Keran. Their manager speaks English and French and can help you find specialised mechanics such as for electrical problems. Their telephone is +222 574 5739. There are many other similar shops nearby. Get in By plane Mauritania Airways flies several times a week between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou as well as to the Canaries. ''Top Fly'' also has flights to the Canary Islands. By taxi From Nouakchott, 470 km away there are frequent collective taxis (Mercedes taking 6 passengers). Prices start from 4500 ougiyas. From Nouadhibou ask for the official taxi station, the '''Gare Routiere''' at the town entrance, in Robinet 6. At the first roundabout coming in, turn left and it's 300 m on your left. Taxis like to leave at first light. From Dakhla in Western Sahara there are collective taxis (11,000 ougiyas) and minibuses (8,000 ougiyas). By car There are two sealed roads to Nouadhibou. One connects it with the capital, Nouakchott (Mauritania). The other one goes to the border and further into Western Sahara. There is a 3km unsealed part between the borders, but it can be passed by a 2WD car without any problems. This is a no-man's land, policed by neither bordering country. Avoid making deals with anyone you might meet there. Cars and ''sept-places'' run from the garage at the exit from town, near the train station. To Nouakchott (Mauritania) - from 4,000 ougiya per person in a Mercedes (470 km, c. 6 hours). Due to incidents, expatriates going overland have been advised to travel in groups during daylight hours only. By bus There are no regular bus connections from outside of the country. Between Nouadhibou and Nouakchott, however, there are at least five bus lines that provide daily runs. Most leave about 16:00-17:00 and arrive in the capital between 22:00-23:00. A few bus lines now have mid-day runs which begin around 11:00 to 13:00. Prices range from 3,000-4,500 ougiyas. Some of the better known bus companies are: * '''El-Bouragh''', across from the Nouadhibou airport. * '''Global''', on the lower road across the street from the FM radio station. * '''Al-Moussavir''' leaves around 11:00 and is within sight of the As-Salaam bus line on the main middle road leaving town. * '''As-Salaam''', on the middle main road near the 5th Robinet. * '''Somatir''', located at Robinet 3, uses air-conditioned 20 seater Mercedes mini-vans. * '''Sonef''', a new bus line, leaves at 12 noon for Nouakchott (Mauritania). They are located 200 meters on the left from the last round about leaving town. By train There is only one train line in Mauritania, connecting Nouadhibou to Choum and Zouerat. It is used to carry iron ore from Zouerat mines to Nouadhibou port. Only one passenger car is attached to one of these trains daily in each direction. There is no strict timetable, but the passenger car typically departs Nouadhibou around 15:00. The passenger train station is located between Cansado and the town centre, across from the many coastal shipwrecks. Tickets for the passenger car to Choum cost 2500 ougiyas, but it's usually overcrowded. Travel in an ore hopper is possible and free. However, a scarf or other face cover is necessary, as there is lots of dust. The ore itself is not very dirty stuff. Be careful aboard the train as it lurches violently when accelerating or braking. Get around The down town area can be walked in under 15 minutes, so take a walk-about and see the sights. Taxis are amazingly cheap, easy to get and everywhere. Taxi to the train station should cost around 300 ougiyas per person when it's full. One way taxi fares on the main roads in town are between 80 and 100 ougiyas. Taxis from the town centre to the Port Autonome area or Cansado are an additional 100 ougiyas. Two passengers are expected to fit in the front passenger seat and four passengers in the back seat. Men may be asked to move should a woman enter the car to help her maintain an appropriate distance. See * Fishing harbour with Senegalese boats. Also, there are many shipwrecks in the Nouadhibou Bay. The biggest and most recent shipwreck lies at the tip of the peninsula. * At the absolute southernmost tip of the same peninsula, there is a '''small national park''', where for a small fee you can observe the meeting point between the bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The point is home to several '''monk seals'''. Some of them have been aggressive, so keep a safe distance. * Between the Port Autonome and Cansado are the ruins of an old '''French coastal gun emplacement''' designed in its day to protect the French colony from the Spanish border a few kilometres away. There is no fee and no guide. There are underground tunnels which connect the 15 meter high gun towers. Some tunnels drop off dangerously! A torch or flashlight is helpful. * You might be tempted to visit the old Spanish buildings at '''the little town of La Guera''' on the southern peninsula. It's not actually in Mauritania, but a disputed territory just to the west of Mauritania, so exploring the historic site technically requires an official border crossing. There is now a Mauritanian military post nearby. If interested, check with local authorities first. * The down town market, in Keran, behind the main middle road, is full of little shops selling a surprising variety of things from all over the world. It has a well stocked '''chep-chep''' or second-hand market. You can find prizes for next to nothing. Do * '''Bird watchers''' can visit the salt marsh estuary next to the bay. It will be on the left as one heads towards the Centre de Pêche. There is occasionally a police check point at the green shipping container on the way there. * '''Fishing for sea trout''' with spoons or squid can be exciting on the bay. There is a pier at the '''Centre de Pêche'''. Look for higher tides for better results. The hotel has a couple of boats to either take people out fishing (you can rent fishing gear as well) or to ferry small groups to a '''picnic island''' on the far side of the bay. There is a small cabin structure to shelter you from the often intense sun. Many pelicans and other large sea birds sun themselves on this sandy stretch. The centre has a restaurant with a children's playground. They serve a fresh grilled sea trout and local tea (Arabic: Ataya). * Those with '''kiteboards''' can take advantage of the steady brisk winds wafting across Nouadhibou bay virtually year round. The bay extends almost 20 kilometres from its northern tip to the Ras Nouadhibou. The shallower small craft portion is much smaller, about 10 km wide. Often the water is only a few meters or less in depth, clear and temperate. Online weather services can provide daily tide and wind details. * If you have your own fishing equipment and four wheel drive, there are several places to fish on the very southern tip of the peninsula, known as '''Cap Blanc''', to the right of the SNIM port refinery facilities. It's wise to go with a local friend as there can be security check points, it's a fairly remote spot and is extremely close to the Moroccan border. Long traces having 2 or more hooks with a heavy lead weight are best for surf cast fishing. If you have a boat, there are Southern Meager (French: ''Corbine'') to be had in deeper waters. They can reach 50 kg. * For young sporting types, there are informal and formal '''football matches''' in an indoor size format at the Club Sahel. It's on the lower road not far from the Casa Canaria restaurant. There is a fee or just enjoy the great play. Most matches begin in the late afternoon and early evening well into the night. * Spend a relaxing afternoon reading a novel or catching up on the latest news at the '''Alliance Franco Mauritanienne'''. They have gardens and trees, a rarity in Nouadhibou. It's behind the Central Bank, which is in front of the Governor's (Arabic: Waly) offices. Most of their material is in French. Their telephone is +222 574 58 71. Buy The four largest supermarkets are: *''Carrefour'', at the first intersection of down town. * ''Bon Marché


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to 400 reis at the time. From 1444 to 1446, as many as forty vessels sailed from Lagos (Lagos, Portugal) on Henry's behalf, and the first private mercantile expeditions began. (standard gauge), owned and operated by a government mining company, Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (Mauritania Railway) (National Mining and Industrial Company, SNIM). The railway goes from


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cast fishing. If you have a boat, there are Southern Meager (French: ''Corbine'') to be had in deeper waters. They can reach 50 kg. * For young sporting types, there are informal and formal '''football matches''' in an indoor size format at the Club Sahel. It's on the lower road not far from the Casa Canaria restaurant. There is a fee or just enjoy the great play. Most matches begin in the late afternoon and early evening well into the night. * Spend a relaxing afternoon reading a novel or catching up on the latest news at the '''Alliance Franco Mauritanienne'''. They have gardens and trees, a rarity in Nouadhibou. It's behind the Central Bank, which is in front of the Governor's (Arabic: Waly) offices. Most of their material is in French. Their telephone is +222 574 58 71. Buy The four largest supermarkets are: *''Carrefour'', at the first intersection of down town. * ''Bon Marché'' *''28 Novembre'' *the Cansado grocery store. The first three stores are on the main street within 200 metres of each other. ''Bon Marché'' and ''28 Novembre'' face each other. You can find most things including cheese and toiletries. Prices are sometimes a bit expensive. Local corner grocery stores, good ''épiceries'', may have everything you need. The market carries fresh vegetables as well as meat and fish. Staples, such as sugar, rice, milk, bread, yoghurt, bug spray, toilet paper, bleach and soap powder can be found in your local corner shop or ''boutique''. Hamburger meat, and beef fillet can be found at the Tunisian butcher across the street from ''28th Novembre''. Eat As Nouadhibou is gifted with a big commercial fishing and traditional fishing port, there is a lot of fresh seafood and fish available. Many immigrants from Senegal run their restaurants here, serving fish with rice and other delicious meals. Average price is 200-500 ougiyas. If you like Chinese food, there are several restaurants on the lower road, which cater to foreigners. For football, the '''FC Nouadhibou''' restaurant serves hamburgers, French fries and other hot sandwiches in front of several large TV screens. It's between the second and third robinets on the middle road. * Wikipedia:Nouadhibou Commons:Category:Nouadhibou


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weather services can provide daily tide and wind details. * If you have your own fishing equipment and four wheel drive, there are several places to fish on the very southern tip of the peninsula, known as '''Cap Blanc''', to the right of the SNIM port refinery facilities. It's wise to go with a local friend as there can be security check points, it's a fairly remote spot and is extremely close to the Moroccan border. Long traces having 2 or more hooks with a heavy lead weight are best for surf cast fishing. If you have a boat, there are Southern Meager (French: ''Corbine'') to be had in deeper waters. They can reach 50 kg. * For young sporting types, there are informal and formal '''football matches''' in an indoor size format at the Club Sahel. It's on the lower road not far from the Casa Canaria restaurant. There is a fee or just enjoy the great play. Most matches begin in the late afternoon and early evening well into the night. * Spend a relaxing afternoon reading a novel or catching up on the latest news at the '''Alliance Franco Mauritanienne'''. They have gardens and trees, a rarity in Nouadhibou. It's behind the Central Bank, which is in front of the Governor's (Arabic: Waly) offices. Most of their material is in French. Their telephone is +222 574 58 71. Buy The four largest supermarkets are: *''Carrefour'', at the first intersection of down town. * ''Bon Marché'' *''28 Novembre'' *the Cansado grocery store. The first three stores are on the main street within 200 metres of each other. ''Bon Marché'' and ''28 Novembre'' face each other. You can find most things including cheese and toiletries. Prices are sometimes a bit expensive. Local corner grocery stores, good ''épiceries'', may have everything you need. The market carries fresh vegetables as well as meat and fish. Staples, such as sugar, rice, milk, bread, yoghurt, bug spray, toilet paper, bleach and soap powder can be found in your local corner shop or ''boutique''. Hamburger meat, and beef fillet can be found at the Tunisian butcher across the street from ''28th Novembre''. Eat As Nouadhibou is gifted with a big commercial fishing and traditional fishing port, there is a lot of fresh seafood and fish available. Many immigrants from Senegal run their restaurants here, serving fish with rice and other delicious meals. Average price is 200-500 ougiyas. If you like Chinese food, there are several restaurants on the lower road, which cater to foreigners. For football, the '''FC Nouadhibou''' restaurant serves hamburgers, French fries and other hot sandwiches in front of several large TV screens. It's between the second and third robinets on the middle road. * Wikipedia:Nouadhibou Commons:Category:Nouadhibou


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with President (President of Mauritania) Moktar Ould Daddah in Nouakchott, where he reiterated his demand for the integration of the territory into Mauritania. The mission also travelled to the northern towns of Atar, Zouerate, Bir Moghrein, and Nouadhibou, where they witnessed "large rival demonstrations" by the Parti du Peuple Mauritanien (PPM; Ould Daddah's ruling party) and the Polisario Front. Transport Choum is now a stop on the Mauritania


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Nouadhibou''' restaurant serves hamburgers, French fries and other hot sandwiches in front of several large TV screens. It's between the second and third robinets on the middle road. * *

Nouadhibou

'''Nouadhibou''' ( ; formerly '''Port-Étienne''') is the second largest city in Mauritania and serves as a major commercial centre. The city itself has about 118,000 inhabitants expanding to over 140,000 in the larger metropolitan area. It is situated on a 65-kilometre peninsula or headland (Headlands and bays) called Ras Nouadhibou, Cap Blanc, or Cabo Blanco, of which the western side, with the city of La Güera, is part of Western Sahara. Nouadhibou is consequently located merely a couple of kilometers from the border between Mauritania and Western Sahara.

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