The colorful festival in the center of the largest desert in the world allows you to get acquainted with the traditions of the legendary Bedouin nomads.
International Sahara Festival – one of the largest festivals dedicated to the culture of the inhabitants of the Earth’s major desert. It takes place in the town of Douz, built around the largest oasis in Tunisia. Today, more than 50,000 visitors every year come here to join personally the ancient culture of the Bedouins.
Douz is like a curtain that separates the civilized Tunisia from primitive Tunisia. Draw this curtain and the silent grandeur of the Sahara Desert will amaze you. Tunisians call this small town – the gateway to the Sahara and in confirmation of these words there is a monument in the form of key on the edge of Douz beside the Great Dune. This time of a year it is not very hot, but very quiet and incredibly beautiful in Douz. The inhabitant of metropolis, who is used to see lot of skyscrapers, just can’t believe that there is such wide open space in the world.
What to see
At the Festival of the Sahara nomads show the art of riding, weapon handling skills, get acquainted with the ancient wedding ceremony, performing traditional songs and dances. Here you can see such extraordinary spectacles as desert races of “meharis” (white and slender camels) and of dromedaries, races of Arab thoroughbred horses, hunting hound in the dunes, scenes of camel fighting, shows of equestrian acrobatics, poetic contests. Of course, you will enjoy all of this accompanied by the local folkloric music.
Date: 12-15 January, 2017