Favorite thing: Immediate after the salt lake area we stopped again, this time it was an desert landscape. I am not sure and only guessing that it must be the part of a Sahara Desert.
I was in the Sahara Desert, a year before this trip, visiting area around towns of Douz and Tozeur which are situated in the central part of Tunisia. The color of sand there is predominately white. This time I met sand yellow-beige in color, which under clouds turns into red. As you can see from my pics the scenery is spectacular in colors.
Sebkhet el Melah
Favorite thing: The distance between my hotel, which was nearby Midoun, and the town of Tataouine is around 110km's. We started early in the morning, soon after breakfast, driving south towards El Kantara where there is an artificial mound that connects the mainland with the island of Djerba, called Chaussee Romaine.
Our first stop was at Sebkhet el Melah, an salt lake about half road way in between Djerba and Tataouine. "Sebkhas" is Arabic name for dry areas where the water flow can not reach the sea, and accumulates in a depression. The water is saline and the surface water dries up during summer seasons.
Favorite thing: Tataouine is what I call "bogu iza nogu" place and I'll never find out why we got here, a pure waste of time. It is ugly small town with ugly architecture and equally ugly people. Besides, the locals are very rude, unpolite and unfriendly. There is no doubt, it was my worst experience in whole of Tunisia.
- Family Travel
Just a normal little town
Favorite thing: When speaking of Tataouine, most people think convicts, stones,unbearable heath...
When we arrived in the town of Tataouine, the first shocking idea that came to my mind was "But, that's a perfectly NORMAL little town !"
Tataouine presents the typical architecture of south Tunisia ; low white houses around a market place, narrow streets to preserve what little shade is available.
In Tunisia, Tataouine is renown for it's spices market and it's highly sylized (and superb) carpets.
The town becomes more animated on mondays and tuesdays when the market takes place.
The other days, life flees slowly and peacefully under the burning sun.
- Road Trip
Tataouine's former convicts prison
Favorite thing: Well, not exacly favourite (but moving when you come to think about all those who suffered here)...
Tataouine's reputation outside Tunisia is mainly due to the presence of a former military convicts prison.
During the french colonial period, Tataouine hosted the "Bataillon disciplinaire de la Légion Etrangère" quarterings.
Now, the remaining infrastructures - a fortress type building - standing alone on a hill, are used by the Tunisian army.
- Historical Travel
- Adventure Travel