Ghadames is Libya's unmissable ancient city, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The original, labyrinthine medina is surrounded by the modern town which has grown around it.
Also spelled Ghudamis, Ghadames or Gadames, an oasis, northwestern Libya, near the Tunisian and Algerian borders. It lies at the bottom of a wadi (seasonal river) bordered by the steep slopes of the stony al-Hamra' Plateau. Located at the junction of ancient Saharan caravan routes.
The inhabitants of this pearl of the desert are 7 clans.
Each of the seven clans that used to live in this part of the town had its own district, of which each had a public place where festivals could be held.
Each a bakery, each a butchery and even a own mosque
The oasis has a population of 7000 Tuareg Berbers. The old part of the town, which is surrounded by a wall, has been declared World Heritage of the UNESCO. Each of the seven clans that used to live in this part of the town had its own district, of which each had a public place where festivals could be held. In the 1970s, the government built new houses outside of the old part of the town. However, many inhabitants return to the old part of the town during the summer, as its architecture provides better protection against the heat.
Houses in Ghadames are made out of mud, lime, and palm tree trunks with covered alleyways between them to offer good shelter against summer heat.
To visit this restaurant in Ghadames, the old village is an experience
Traditional colors and furniture - a lot of potery and metal cans ( for the absorption/reflection of light)
Two or three floors high. The kitchen itself is on the roof.
Favorite Dish: Guess what : traditional Libyan food
Bread a volonté - Libyan soup - Salad - Couscous with chicken, lamb, water and soft drinks (pepsi - no coca cola) and mint tea
During my stay in Ghadames (end of october) the inhabitants were preparing the famous "Date harvest festival" Many people are visiting the market place next to the Mosque
in the new town.
We had the occasion to see the dancers preparing their show. The music is special.
Pitty the performers didn't wear the traditional clothes.
In the museum you will find many pieces of berber people used a long time ago.
- How to find and distribute water
- Touareg stuff