At the edge of the vast Atlantic Ocean, Laayoune called the City of Sand, welcomes sightseers into a natural and relaxed setting. In less than a century, Laayoune has set itself up as the capital of the Sahara region, and developed rapidly, taking on the economic and administrative role of the Saharan Provinces.
Take time to explore the beach of Foum El Oued in Laayoune-Plage, on the edge of the town, or visit the Spanish colonial church or spend the afternoon chatting with soldiers over a cup of mint tea.
Check out the main square at Place du Mechouar. Watch a football match at the stadium to the northwest of town or schedule a visit to Colline des Oiseaux aviary. Shop for malhafas, the colourful sari-like garments worn by Sahrawi women.
There are dozens of cafes and restaurants in Place Dchira. A favourite is Pizzaria la Madone. This restaurant serves freshly baked, thin-crust pizzas as well as pasta dishes, and if you crave authentic Chinese food, head to House of Chen on Avenue Talha Bnou Zoubeir.