Unique Water System of Timimoun
The Fugaras are the water distribution systems which are unique to Timimoun. You can see plenty of these in the town, they are cone shaped brown mud brick buildings with pins sticking out of the sides that enable repairs to be done. If you go to Tasfaoud, a rural village you will be able to see a rural Fugara and these are open so you can see how they work. The water is pumped from the ground into the Fugara which then divides the water supply into sections. Each section is owned by a different person and the water is piped from the Fugara to that person's home, or garden.
There are many Ksors or palaces on the outskirts of Timimoun town and in the surrounding villages. They date from 4-6 BC and were the home of an extended family, built slightly raised for protection. Some are quite well preserved and you can walk around the walls and the remains of the buildings, which are all made of pink sandstone.
Marabuts of Timimoun
A Marabut is a shrine to an important imam and you can see these in the centre of Timimoun town or on the hillsides outside the town and in rural villages.
The Marabuts are cone shaped like the Fugaras but are white.
Small villages near Timimoun
When you are in Timimoun, it's nice to drive the route Gourara or piste touristique.. Best time to do it , is at the end of the day.
It's fasciniating to visit the small oasis villages like Izgher. It's like you walk in another world or time.
The sunset in the desert is marvellous.
Irrigation system in the palmeraie
The irrigation system in the palmeraie is a traditional one and also nowadays working very well.
On the picture you can see a fouggara as a part of an underground system of irrigation channels.
Walk in the palmeraie
It's nice to walk in the palmeraie, especailly early in the morning, when it's still rather cool. You can see the villagers working on the fields or repairing the irrigation system.