The city of Douz
The city of Douz is a small town in south-central Tunisia. Considered as “the Gateway to the Sahara”. Administratively attached to the governorate of Kebili, it is located 488 kilometers from Tunis. It constitutes a municipality of 30,245 inhabitants (in 2014). Its inhabitants are mainly “Mrazig” who are, according to tradition, Arab immigrants from the tribe of Banu Sulaym who arrived in Tunisia in the 13th century.
Vast oasis, guardian of the Grand Erg. Douz, like Sabria and El-Faouar, and a very old market place where sedentary and nomadic people from the region gathered. A rallying point for nomads ‘Mrazig’, it has become one of the major tourist poles in southern Tunisia. At the start of the 20th Century, the village consisted of only a few buildings surrounded by tents. The nomads stayed in Douz during the hot months, leaving the dromedaries in search of their water point. As soon as the hot weather ended, they took to the open sea, pushing their animals towards the winter pastures.
Since the dawn of time, man’s best friend here has been the dromedary. This quadruped (a single hump) is tireless, it has a great capacity of adaptation to move and transport goods in hostile environments impossible to cross by other mammals.
In winter, dromedaries can walk for months without drinking. When they find water, they can quietly drink 135 liters of water in 10 minutes. To get an idea of the different breeds of camels and attend fierce negotiations, in Douz there is an animal souk that is worth a visit.
Just like the weekly Thursday morning market, where artisan products are sold: Berber jewelry, beautiful rugs and shoes made of camel or goat leather, woven with colorful patterns on top of the Douz emblem, very comfortable. This is also where you can buy for a reasonable price the famous “burnous” made of sheep’s wool, it is a rather heavy cape, embellished with a hood. The “burnous” is made only by women, it lasts about a month.
The Douz Sahara Festival is the most famous festival celebrating Saharan and nomadic culture at the international level (since 1967). Its main theme is the celebration of the heritage of the Arab-Berber tribe of ‘Mrazig’. Its fame goes beyond borders, and friendly countries take part in the show (Algeria, Libya, Egypt…), in order to also present their traditional music and dance. It is an annual event that animates the winter period and that we recommend to experience at least once in a lifetime.
The city of Douz is a dream destination for tourists wishing to explore the desert, either by camel or four-wheel drive. The city offers its tourists a multitude of hotels, ideal for spending an original holiday combining escape and relaxation. The inhabitants of Douz are known for their hospitality and their great generosity.
Douz town in video
Top visits in Douz
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Where to stay in Douz
In Douz, the choice of accommodation is so vast that it can meet all needs and all tastes! Between hotels, guesthouses and vacation rentals you are spoiled for choice.
What to do in Douz
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