There are many wonderfully fascinating and unique regions in Algeria. You can discover modern cities or even ancient ones as well as the flowing sands of the Sahara Desert. Algeria is a place just waiting to be discovered and explored.
Imagine open plateaus and flat, craggy landscape stretching for miles and miles, and you’ll find yourself in Gourara. You’ll see yourself traversing miles and miles of open space, dotted here and there by oases. This landscape is unique as there are very few other regions that comprise only oases – it is truly unbelievable.
In Gourara, you’ll experience Sahara oases in a very traditional way and the capital of Gourara; Timimoun is not to be missed. Surrounded by miles of the Sahara Desert, Timimoun has not become modernized. For centuries the inhabitants have used ways to avoid the heat of the area such as Foggaras systems of irrigation. Timimoun citizens live in comfort without technology invading their everyday lives.
The buildings of Timimoun are best known for their red color and the city also cultivates palms. Visitors flock to the city to visit the ancient fortress.
Also located in this area of Gourara is the Grand Erg Occidental. However, because it is in a remote and uninhabitable, and tourists should not travel without an experienced guide. It is easy to get lost in this area and there are no roads or villages to escape the desert sun.
There are many other villages and towns located in Gourara that are intriguing and fascinating. There are the villages that produce area pottery. These villages include Ouled Said, Tindjillet, Semouta, Izgzer and Massine. For a look at history, Badriane is a wonderful spot. It was here that Muslims gathered before taking on Hajj. This region is sure to let visitors leave with memories of a historical and traditional area.