Aayoun is the largest city in Western Sahara. Western Sahara is effectively ruled by Morocco, and the reality is that Morocco’s territorial claims are not recognized by most countries. The Saharan Arab Democratic Republic claims territory in the region and is recognized by numerous Arab and African countries. Because it was a former Spanish territory, you can also see European-style buildings.
Aiun is a city located in the northern part of Western Sahara.
Spain invaded Western Sahara, including Aiun, and made it its territory. It became a Spanish protectorate in 1884 and was called Spanish West Africa, but was returned to Morocco after the war. After that, the independence movement started by the Sagiel Hamra Rio de Oro Liberation Front aiming for the independence of Western Sahara, and declared the establishment of the Sahara Arab Democratic Republic. However, Morocco does not recognize it and continues to exercise effective control.
Aiun is hot and humid in the summer. It is very warm in winter. Temperatures range from 12°C to 33°C throughout the year.
Spanish, French and Arabic are spoken in Western Sahara.
Despite the territorial disputes in Western Sahara, security is surprisingly stable.
Western Sahara is mostly desert. Farming and nomadism are practiced in a few oases. It is also rich in resources, including oil, natural gas, and iron ore.
Western Sahara is made up of Arabs and Berbers.
Western Sahara is mostly Muslim.
The currency of Western Sahara is the Saharan peseta. However, the Moroccan dirham of Morocco, which is in effective control, is used.
Sightseeing Spot 1 : St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral
It has a European flair due to the influences of the times when it was ruled by Spain. The church is open only during worship. Normally you can’t go inside.
Sightseeing Spot 2 : Musee Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Western Sahara Museum. There are many exhibits about the history of Western Sahara, including the Spanish colonial period. It’s a small museum.
Sightseeing Spot 3 : Parque Jardin Laayoune
Most of the land in Western Sahara is desert. Therefore, the existence of such a park is very valuable. Aiun also has a park, which functions as a place of relaxation.
Aiun offers a wide range of accommodation options. The nearest airport is Laayoun Hasan I Airport. You can book flights and accommodation from the link below. Other languages are also supported.