Festival of the Oases, Tozeur

When: 20 November - 10 December

The Festival of the Oases is held at the end of each year surrounding the date season, with a programme which includes parades, folk dances and camel races.

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When: 20 November - 10 December

The Festival of the Oases is held at the end of each year surrounding the date season, with a programme which includes parades, folk dances and camel races.

Film location - The English Patient

The desert camp of Count Almásy played by Ralph Fiennes in the 1996 film The English Patient was filmed here in the western Tunisian desert near to Nefta, not too far from the set of Star Wars Episode I:The Phantom Menace.

 

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The desert camp of Count Almásy played by Ralph Fiennes in the 1996 film The English Patient was filmed here in the western Tunisian desert near to Nefta, not too far from the set of Star Wars Episode I:The Phantom Menace.

 

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Nefta - Market

On Thursdays, nomads travel to the market place to trade everything from camels, horses, crafts, minerals, souvenirs, blankets, frabrics and jewelery.

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On Thursdays, nomads travel to the market place to trade everything from camels, horses, crafts, minerals, souvenirs, blankets, frabrics and jewelery.

Film Location - Star wars - Tatooine

The endless desert landscape's of the Tozeur region double as the planet Tatooine, homeland of Luke and Anakin SKywalker, and featured in all but one of the Star Wars films.  

It is said that film Director George Lucas named th...

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The endless desert landscape's of the Tozeur region double as the planet Tatooine, homeland of Luke and Anakin SKywalker, and featured in all but one of the Star Wars films.  

It is said that film Director George Lucas named the mythical planet Tatooine after the southern Tunisian city of Tatouine, spelled differently but pronounced the same.

 

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Douz - Market

The Douz weekly market is held on a Thursday. This alluring market attracts locals, nomads and tourists alike and the presence of tourists makes it all the more enticing. The market is situated in the market square itself, wher...

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The Douz weekly market is held on a Thursday. This alluring market attracts locals, nomads and tourists alike and the presence of tourists makes it all the more enticing. The market is situated in the market square itself, where you can buy a broad selection of goods, for example, jackets, souvenirs or made to measure desert shoes. 

The regions renowned deglat en nour dates are for sale behind the Southern side of the square. The Livestock section is Southwest of the square. Camels are rare but would be found along with horses and donkeys as you come down the stairs to the compound, to your right. Most of the animals sold are sheep and goats.

 

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Festival of the Sahara, Douz

When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel race...

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When: 8-11 November

Stemming from an original Bedouin marriage market, the Sahara Douz Festival has now mushroomed into a huge celebration which attracts over 50,000 people every year, from nomads, to poets, artists, camel racers, and even sand-hockey players!

Aside from the market, at the Sahara Douz Festival you can watch some impressive greyhound or camel racing as well as the equestrian military exercises known throughout the Maghreb as "fantasias". These involve a veritable swarm of riders cantering across the ground, turning abruptly and stopping in their tracks before shooting into the air.

If all the excitement is too much, you can always retire to the food area and gorge yourself on Douz's recently harvested dates!

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