Nouadhibou is the first significant town you come to
if arrive in Mauritania from Western Sahara. It is a tatty place with
little to commend it and more than its fair share of car thieves.
There are one or two reasonable places to stay and surprisingly good food,
though limited access to alcohol, even for non-Muslims; the Chinese seem to
have cornered the market for illicit booze which is now outrageously
expensive (around €30 for bottle of wine). Enjoy it while you can; RIM
is officially a dry state and food elsewhere ranges from mediocre to
inedible, but always over-priced.
things of interest are the shipwrecks on the beach and the famous iron ore
train, over 2 km long and free to ride all the way to Zouerat, over 500km
North East, for humans, goats and sheep.
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