Actually, you don't have to get excited about Atar - on the way to Chinguetti and Ouadane, you will hardly avoid passing the capital of the Adrar region anyway. Therefore, it is worth getting to know the town of 30,000 inhabitants a bit better.
At the time of the Trans-Sahara trade, Atar was also a trading post, although of less cultural and initially economic importance than its eastern neighbors. Later, it was additionally mainly the cultivation of dates and grain that helped Atar to prosperity. When the French colonial troops began to unify their relations between Senegal and Algeria at the beginning of the 20th century - that is, to conquer Mauritania - Atar was chosen as the regional capital after some resistance, to the disadvantage of Chinguetti and Ouadane. Atar was thus among the local urban winners, as was Tidjikja in the Tagant region. At the beginning of independence, Atar was the most important and most populous city in all of Mauritania.
Even today, Atar is inseparably linked with date cultivation. The Guetna festival in July / August should not be missed by any visitor to Adrar. The population of Atar is one of the few that is really experienced in terms of tourism. If you travel on your own, you should always bring some bargaining skills with you when visiting the local market, taking cabs and booking tours. The Bab Sahara hostel run by the German Justus Buma is a reliable address for short-term stays, overnight stays and inquiries. It is especially appreciated by motocross and offroad fans. For tourists, Atar is appreciated as a hub for tours to Terjit, Chinguetti, Ouadane or even northern cities like Zouerat. There is a regional airport with a weekly direct flight to Paris in the high season.