Western Sahara is a perfect example of magnificence camouflaged in rivalry. The long stretches of sands are all ignored due to the current political condition of the country. But, even so- a true adventurer seeks his soul in this beautiful land of contrasts. The sands and the beaches, the tranquillity and the liveliness, the solidarity and the mingling- Western Sahara is a land of many features. Bordered by Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania- Western Sahara is fighting a battle everyday to keep its identity intact. Even so, it retains its beauty gracefully and is one of the most beautiful territories to visit in North Africa.
Most of the area is administered by Morocco, so you have to follow the Moroccan embassy rules. Travelling independently is often restricted and strongly advised against in the wake of current on-going political rift due to the disputed territory.
When to go
If you do not want to get hit by major winds, the remember to plan a trip around October to April as this is the best time to visit Western Sahara. The flight tickets are decently priced from January to March and the accommodation options are also available in plenty.
Destinations to cover
The first point that comes to one’s mind when thinking of things to do in Western Sahara are exploring the deserts and the beaches. You should definitely explore Dakhla, Laayoune and Smara. To add a little more to your Western Sahara travel guide, remember to go sailing or take a massage at Massage du Monde, pray at the Assona Mosque and also visit the Laayoune Grand Mosque.
Get in and around
There are very limited answers to the question of how to reach Western Sahara. The main point to get in is by El Aaiun, which is the capital where flights operate in and out from Morocco, Canary Islands and Spain. The other two airports are Dakhla and Samara. Even though you can enter by car, it is highly advised against as the checking on each check point is extremely stringent. You can also enter by bus or by boat. There is no public transport existent here and rental cars are not found easily. So, prepare yourself for a lot of hitch hiking with the locals and a lot of exploration on foot.
Hotels and Food
Although there are options for food available, most accommodation options are from budget to mid range and most out of these also are not found online. You should definitely try out the traditional tea and the local delicacies here.