Tataouine Things to Do
In areas where the predominant traditional way of life exist, there are very strict rules of social conduct. In the Arab world woman's place is in the home, taking care of the house, children and cooking. Women are not allowed to go out alone, except for grocery shopping, and certainly should not sit in public place, such as a cafe-bar is.Tataouine...more
Tataouine is pretty boring place and architecturally completely uninteresting. I couldn't find any one building around worth of snapping. Even local medina was far of usual expectations.The most interesting part in this town is the space of the main square with lots of people around. Everything worth of attention is happening out on the streets...more
Tataouine gives an impression of past times, or better say, it looks like the time machine has stopped here for a while. Never ever in Tunisia I saw such a place and people. It reminded me on some movies I saw years ago, illustrating the way of life in past centuries. The locals stared at us the same way one stare at something he never saw before....more
Route El Ferch BP 234, Tataouine, 3200, Tunisia
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B.P 186 Route De Chenini el Farch, Tataouine, Mede
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Route De Chenini, 3200, Tataouine, Tunisia
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The main roads in Tunisia are mostly in a very good conditions, no highways but the roads are pretty wide and have clear visibility. Trips to the inner part of the country means an encounter with the Sahara desert landscapes and therefore are organized in jeeps. Visiting of "ksars", such as, Hedada, Douiret and Chenini supposed descent from the main roads and use of the local roads that are not paved. Moreover, all these ksars are located in a hilly area with minor or major ascents. On such grounds jeep is the most reliable means of transport and infuses additional security to passengers.
Along with the berber carpets (but those will be rather found in the souk) : Tataouine has been for many centuries, and still is (if to a lesser extent) a hub for the spices trade in northern Africa.
On the place, the spices are presented in hemt bags just diplayed on sheets or sometimes in basins.
Surrounding the spices diplays are the vegetable stalls (less interesting burt a couple of oranges are so tempting in the heath).
The trade is done like it was long ago : sampling, tasting, sitting, discussing : haggling is a 'ceremonial' , a part of the social life. If you happen to understand some Arabic (and some French too) : just listen to the local old ladies : bargaining is a form of art !
What to buy: Peppers, harissa powder, cinnamon, saffron, fenel, anise, ginger, cumin...
Dried fruits : almonds, dattes, rose petals, pistaccios ...
Not to forget the mint and the tea !
What to pay: Now is the time to test your bargaining skills !Related to:
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Tataouine Warnings and Dangers
If your intention is to enter the desert, be cautious, Tataouine is the LAST place where you can find a garage (behind the market place) and - even more important - the last gas/oil station.
Don't forget to check your tires, fill your car's tank and to take some jerricans while there (plus, if you never used a hand operated gas-pump before, it's an opportunity).
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Tataouine Off The Beaten Path
Chenini is another abandoned hilltop village, topped with the ksar. It is said that the oldest part of the ksar dates back to the 12th century. Although the most parts of the ksar is in the ruins now, local people, however, still use some of well preserved ghorfas as a granary. Fact is, the climate conditions on the hilltop are just perfect for the...more
Chenini village is one of the few remaining places in Tunisia where the true Berber language is still in use, but mostly among the older population. Older men, and not all of them, speak Arabic and Berber while older women talk exclusively Berber language.Young local population, both girls and boys, use Arabic as their first language. There is...more
Chenini is relatively small village of scattered houses which are located on the plateau below the Ksar. The oldest part of the village is made up of cave houses built on the slopes of a mountain. The houses of Chenini have two parts, one which has been dug into the mountain and the other with walled courtyards which is called "hosh". The courtyard...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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