The Western Sahara is situated in North Africa, bordering Morocco and Algeria. The land is dry and harsh and is one of the least populated lands in the world. There is a long stretch of coastline; however, it is so rocky it is impossible to travel its length. There are some areas worth visiting, where travellers can participate in sporting activities and observe the local nature.
The local inhabitants of the Western Sahara are known as Sahrawis and speak an Arabic dialect. Fishing and herding is the mainstay of their economy. Not many travellers choose the Western Sahara as their destination, although some cross it during an overland trip to Africa.
The climate is hot and dry, with little rain although flash floods can occur. An area of the country is highly dangerous due to hundreds of landmines, and should be avoided at all costs.
Dakhla is located on a beauty bay along the Atlantic Coast, and is known for its 50km deep lagoon. Activities available include windsurfing, camel riding and kite surfing. It’s also a great place to bird watch. The isolation and remoteness of the town contributes to its strange beauty. The area is also occupied by Moroccan military, so travellers are often approached and questioned.
Morocco is the main entry point, where passports are checked but not stamped. One international flight from Spain lands at El Auin Airport. There is little infrastructure in the Western Sahara, and tourists are lucky to come across random motels. Independent travel is restricted and travellers are sometimes denied access to regions affected by political turmoil.