Laayoune which is also known as El-Aiun is an exciting city on the Western Sahara. The population of the city may not be too much, but the tourists make it look busy. The Sahara is a well-known place and in the heart of Sahara across the Western Sahara is the disputed city of El-Aiun. It doesn’t matter if it is a disputed state or not; it is still the best place for tourism. There are so many places which you should visit here in El-Aiun when you are on a trip to Morocco. Here are a few places which you should not miss if you are there.
- The Laayoune Grand Mosque
In the Boulevard Mekka, you will find one of the most beautiful buildings i.e. the Grand Mosque. If you want to see some of the best engineering’s works in Morocco, make sure that you visit the Grand Mosque. It is also known as Mosquée Moulay Abdel Aziz. The mosque is in the center of the city. It is an excellent place. The surroundings are beautiful, and the building itself is just brilliant.
It is one of the biggest mosques in Morocco. Visit the mosque if you want to see the modern Moroccan architecture. It will give you a hint about the latest Moroccan building art.
- Go around and discover Saguia el-Hamra
The city never stops to impress. The Saguia el-Hamra which is a Wadi in the north corner of the city is a very exciting place. If you want to explore the sandy areas with water, this is the best place. It is a lake area, and you will love exploring the surroundings. You will find palm trees, date trees, and a lot of animals and birds too. You will love to see the flamingos. It is a whole new experience in the wild. So, make sure that you discover as much about Saguia el-Hamra as possible.
- The Spanish Cathedral
Another religious place which you should visit while you are in the city is the Spanish Cathedral. It is also known as St. Francis of Assisi. The cathedral has a very long history. It was built in the year 1954 by the Spanish when they were ruling the place. It is why El-Aiun is an interesting place. When you read about the history, you will find that there have been many regimes here.
The cathedral has a mixture of architectures. You will see it has the Spanish touch and also the Saharan architecture. Also, you will notice that the cathedral resembles the pink color of the city. Whenever you are here, make sure that you visit this place.
- Place El-Mchawar
Another great attraction of this great city is the Place El-Mchawar. It is a large public area. It is a public square which has many towers and shades. You will love being there. It is a great place where you can be with your friends or family. It is a good place to visit in the evening when the temperature is not too hot.