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Mountains of contrasts

The Adrar Region is one of the main attractions in Mauritania, offering both accessibility, dramatic nature and green oases. In this region, much of the traditional culture now disappearing from most other North African countries, survives, without being an expression of poverty.

Adrar Region

One of the more fascinating aspects of the Adrar is that the past was so much different from the present, with lakes and rivers, green valleys and hills, big cities and influential empires. This region has been inhabited since Neolithic times, and there is an abundance of remains to testify of this.
Adrar's proud history is as recent as until the French colonization, and opposition to Nouakchott has been staged several times during the time of Nouakchott's independence.
Agriculture of Adrar is dominated by dates, but in specifically endowed regions millet, sorghum, barley, tomatoes and green vegetables are also grown. The date harvest, called getna is in July and August, the hottest months, and can be a great experience for visitors.
There are principally four towns in the Adrar, that attract visitors: Chinguetti, Atar, Ouadane, and Terjit.

By Tore Kjeilen